One of the major issues we are facing in the United States is the quality of primary and secondary education. Washington had its usual plan to deal with the problem – spend more money. As you look at the graphs below it is not difficult (unless one is a Washington politician) to conclude that “spending more” isn’t the solution.
Amount spent (cost of public education) has tripled with no discernible improvement in test scores. I’m not a huge fan of test scores because the tests also have been “dumbed down” and innumerable teachers have been caught cheating. Thus even the stability of the test scores is likely wrong.
However, when one looks at federal spending per pupil, the “value” of all those extra dollars spent is shockingly apparent. Who knows what changed in the federal government in 2009? Right you are! Obama became president and the Democrat Party controlled Congress.
Below is another reason, in my humble opinion, that primary and secondary education are suffering in America.
I happen to be a fan of To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowlings, but clearly the classics have been removed from the reading lists. “D’ya’ think” this might be a reason that students do not seem as well “educated” today as before?