As I was cutting a Box Top for Education this morning from the side of a cereal box, I was inspired to do some research.
I found out that Michigan pays $34,000 a year per prisoner in the prison system, but only $11,000 a year per student in the K-12 system.
Hence, I'm cutting out box tops. Pathetic, really, that I am obliged to cut box tops from cereal and snack and pizza roll packaging in order to ensure that my child's school books are only five years old rather than ten or fifteen years old.
I won't get into the irony of the fact that most products that support the Box Top program aren't very healthy (I think the jury is still out on the question of whether or not there is any real fruit in Fruit Roll-ups).
Here's an idea. Let's change the program to Box Tops for Incarceration. Prison funding can be slashed by 2/3rds. They can try their best to get by on whatever funds come in from box tops (after all, that's what schools have to do).
With this change, school funding can be tripled per child.
Sure, prisons (and prisoners) will feel the pinch for awhile, but maybe with a solid education from the beginning, people won't be so likely to go to prison in the future.