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That's right folks... in the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests administered by the U.S. Department of Education in 2009—the latest year available—only 32 percent of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders earned a “proficient” rating while another 2 percent earned an “advanced” rating. The other 66 percent of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders earned ratings below “proficient,” including 44 percent who earned a rating of “basic” and 22 percent who earned a rating of “below basic.”
Page 33 of the PDF report:
By the way: Wisconsin public schools increased their per pupil expenditures from $4,956 per pupil in 1998 to 10,791 per pupil in 2008.Using the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator the $4,956 Wisconsin spent per pupil in 1998 dollars equaled $6,546 in 2008 dollars. That means that from 1998 to 2008, Wisconsin public schools increased their per pupil spending by $4,245 in real terms yet did not add a single point to the reading scores of their eighth graders.
(for those of you that are math challenged, that means almost doubled)
And the $10,791 that Wisconsin spent per pupil in its public elementary and secondary schools in fiscal year 2008 was more than any other state in the Midwest.
Money in Wisconsin schools is not the issue. Performance is.
Small wonder the support for the union thugs in the teachers unions is very soft in Wisconsin.
“Are vital U.S. interests more imperiled by what happens in Iraq where were have 50,000 troops, or Afghanistan where we have 100,000, or South Korea where we have 28,000 -- or by what is happening on our border with Mexico?...What does it profit America if we save Anbar and lose Arizona?”
Well, I think it's easily proven that throwing money at the problem doesn't solve it. And that's what many of the liberals are saying when they cry about cutting education budgets.
The real problem is the culture of many liberals especially when it comes to the realms of educating our younger children. There is just no concept of discipline. Discipline alone would solve many of the problems. That and actually holding to the standard instead of just passing the kids.
"The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead." - John Maynard Keynes (admits his philosophy is not viable)
Did you know that the U.S ranks 37th in % of GDP spent on education in the world: Education Spending & Ranked Results
We apparently spend more per capita on education than any other country.
Yet, plenty of more socialized education systems which perform far better than ours end up spending far less per capita -- like Finland.
Somehow or another, America manages to make everything expensive while still ineffective.
Maybe we just have a combination of a really corrupt federal government, really corrupt local governments, and certain subcultures that are useless in an economic sense.
Either way, it appears that the "American Way" of education is about as crappy at producing skilled labor as our healthcare system is at providing affordable care.
I know that you conservatives LOVE to place the blame on everyone else for everything, but it's time you looked in the mirror. YOU share as much of the blame for the failure of our schools as anyone else.
If one used USPOL as a cross-section of America, it's also pretty clear that the average American can barely write a complete sentence, much less a coherent paragraph. Given the example set by the adults here, and thus the parents of these children, it seems that the teachers are doing what they can to just get the kids to emulate the standard set by the parents, low as it is.
Education spending (% of GDP) statistics - countries compared - NationMaster
Now I will say that that's not as bad as it looks at first glance, since most (but not all) of the countries spending more as a percent of GDP than we do on education are also poor countries, making that statistic misleading. Cuba, for example, spends much more as a percent of GDP on education than we do, but has a much smaller GDP to start with. While that does show a commitment of Cuba to education that's commendable, it doesn't necessarily mean Castro literally outspends us per pupil.
Still, tsquare, you didn't raise this (perfectly valid) argument, you merely questioned the source.
If Adam Smith were alive today, he'd be a socialist.
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." Mohandas K. Gandhi
Robin, a science-fiction dystopic version of the Robin Hood myth: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/44436
Yes, I have to agree with Pram. Parenting is everything. The only kids who can read are the ones whose parents taught them to read.
I count myself in that number and if I hadn't taught my children to read, the schools sure wouldn't have.