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The Cost of the Decline and Fall of Education in America

Posted on: April 17, 2010

The education of one’s children rightly belongs in the hands of the parents!  Until the past 160 years most schools were private schools that parents paid to send their children to.  Or, there were privately funded schools open to all children regardless of their ability to pay.  These privately funded  schools were set up by parents and benefactors who then elected or appointed a group of people to oversee the operation of the schools.  As cities grew  the operation of the schools was taken further and further away from the control of parents and given over to government.  In 1965 with President Johnson’s Great Society (the one that gave us Medicare!) the federal government has gotten more and more involved with the education of our children and the actual education of our children has since taken a nose dive into the realms of mediocrity.  It seems to me it is time to take our schools back and put the educating of our children in the hands of parents where it belongs.  BB

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NOW READ THIS ARTICAL.   Taken entirely from a Cato Institute report:

Federal Education Failure

The 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act sparked a huge increase in federal education spending and regulations. The legislation’s Title I was supposed to provide aid to K–12 schools in high-poverty areas, but by the end of the 1960s it was providing aid to 60 percent of the nation’s school districts. Today, Title I is the largest federal subsidy program for K–12 education.

In addition to Title I, the 1965 act created subsidies for teacher training, educational research, school libraries, textbooks, student literacy, school technology, school safety, and other items. It also beefed up state-level school bureaucracies directly with “grants to strengthen state departments of education.”

Since that time, federal education spending has gone through the roof. Set aside the fact that the Constitution doesn’t give the federal government the power to spend money on state and local affairs like education. Has all that federal money translated into better educated students?
According to Andrew Coulson, the answer is decidedly no. The following chart shows that while federal per-pupil education spending has exploded, student achievement has flat-lined:
Coulson then asks, “But what if state and local education spending have been falling just as federal spending has been rising, nullifying its effects? After all, we read every day in the newspaper about how public schools are starved for funds.”
Once again, government education spending has exploded but student achievement hasn’t budged:
See here for more on the Department of Education.

4 Responses to "The Cost of the Decline and Fall of Education in America"

The graphs say it all.

Of course, the federal government wants to TAKE OVER the education of our nation’s children. In that way, the government can train children to vote for bigger government.

Indeed! And they have done a pretty good job of it thus far since our teachers, administrators and professors voted for The One. BB

I do not think that it was coincidence that a public school system was developed and implemented almost immediately after the fall of slavery. I do not think our system was created to educate the masses of any knowledge other than beliefs and values that were and are consistent with calm submissive slaves. In the late 1960’s and 1970’s, the educational system was starting to grow roots in the fertile soil of student’s creative and wild imaginations (proven by the technological advances students of the era brought about as adults). However, the teachers who taught students how to think for themselves were cut off at the head by government intervention and propoganda (such as the myth of better learning through standardized teaching and testing). The reason we have the current system is that the old one was too effective at educating, and not effective enough at producing mindless slaves for the masters of our society.

Right on Jeff. I believe the last Americans who could be called fairly well educated graduated in the early 1960’s. After that education was dumbed down to the least common denominator. “Dummie 101” classes became common on colleges and university campuses. Educators who expected their students to learn the subject matter or fail both in the public schools and especially in the colleges were “encouraged to resign”. BB

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