Monday, September 25, 2006

Do Schools Benefit Teachers And Politicians More Than Students?

Does the question sound flip? Consider this. The U.S. spends more money than any other nation on education. Yet American student performance trail almost every other nation, no matter the wealth. Does that indicate that there is no relationship between money spent and postive educational results? Did the monies spent benefit the teachers, booksellers and school bureacracies more? Were children left behind because of the greed and disingenuous motives of others?

Does our present educational system provide basic skills like math and reading ability? Well according to recent SAT scores, today's students are not as competent as their predessors in pre-Civil Rights times. It seems that affirmative action and the lowering of school grading guidelines has trumped giving children what they really need. I.E. a challenging and rewarding educational experience. So have politicians made a handsome living for themselves at the child's expense?

Need some anecdotal evidence of what some people think of the U.S. educational system? Well homeschooling across all demographics including earnings has been growing at app. 18% per year since the 1990's. Homeschoolers now number well over a million-app. 5% of total school population according to the U.S. Census.

Schools are for children. Parents should have input. Teachers and politicians are not as important.

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