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August 7, 2013

Re: 'Education Spending Soars, Test Scores Stagnate'


Is anyone really surprised over the fact that (Public) education spending continues to soar, yet test scores remain stagnate, or just how clueless Barack Obama is on his demand for more - "investment" (read - spending) on public education?

Via The Corner (emphasis mine - click image to enlarge):

[...] "If you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much ignorance costs in the 21st century," Obama declared July 24 at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. "If we don't make this investment, we'll put our kids, our workers, and our country at a competitive disadvantage for decades."

Obama's latest demand for even more government spending or "investment" in America's schools confirms how profoundly and irretrievably he is removed from reality.

As this chart by the Cato Institute's Andrew J. Coulson irrefutably illustrates, the trouble with U.S. education is not a scarcity of tax dollars thrown in its general direction. The spending curve of government outlays on K-12 education from 1970--2010 is essentially an upward-sloping 45-degree angle. The curves representing reading, math, and science test scores are all 0-degree angles. These commonly are called flat lines.


For all the lavish expenditures that have been lobbed into America's government schools, U.S. student performance is in its fifth decade of suspended animation.

Liquidating the teachers' unions, enacting vouchers and other school-choice options, abandoning the exhausted excuses for poor performance, and -- conversely -- boosting expectations for all students (regardless of background or circumstances) would help solve this perennial challenge. ...

Much more here.

Posted by Hyscience at August 7, 2013 4:07 PM

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