Reading Scores Lowest In 40 Years after spending $2.3 trillion

September 16, 2011 07:53

But teachers unions have it great. Per-pupil spending rose from $5,593 in 1970 to $12,463 in 2006, and today we beat almost every other industrialized nation in education funding. Just federal spending on education 1972 to 2012 is over $2.3 trillion. State and local spending added another $15 trillion over the 40 year period.

What do we have to show for this? Powerful unions that lobby for ever increasing spending with no improvement in real education. Leftist indoctrination that results in over 60% of 9th graders believing its the government’s responsibility to guarantee a job. 63.5% believe its the government’s duty to redistribute wealth.

“In November [2010] the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released its Program for International Student Assessment scores, measuring educational achievement in 65 countries. The results are depressingly familiar: While students in many developed nations have been learning more and more over time, American 15-year-olds are stuck in the middle of the pack in many fundamental areas, including reading and math. Yet the United States is near the top in education spending.” – Veronique de Rugy a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in March 2011 issue of Reason Magazine.

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