Public education in America has been failing for decades. In 1983, President Reagan’s National Commission on Excellence in Education published “A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform.” The report suggested that American kids are falling behind the rest of the world in educational achievement, with a list of potential reforms. Today, no such report is needed.
Everywhere you go, there are signs that government-run education is failing.
- In California, the teacher’s union is so strong that it prevented Democrats from passing a law that would have made it easier to fire teachers who have “credible” accusations of sexual abuse. Schools exist to give jobs to teachers, whether they are good or bad.
- The graduation rate should be considered a bare minimum of “educating” students. Where I live, in Los Angeles, LAUSD has a graduation rate of 66.2%. Do you know of any other service with a failure rate of 33.8%? That is worse than mediocre. An organization with that kind of failure rate should be shut down.
- According to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, 60% of high school graduates who enroll in post-secondary education will have to take remedial courses in college!
- LAUSD spent over $1 billion to hand out Ipads to students. I don’t have a problem with Ipads. I own one. But how does handing out Ipads magically improve students’ sense of knowledge or the ability to read, do math, and use reason and judgment? It doesn’t.
You cannot expect a government-run monopoly to ever enact reform on its own. Why would it? All around the country, politicians say that this time around, if they get another tax increase, schools will magically start working and all students will learn. But this never happens. Why should we trust the people who run these schools? They have had nearly a century to experiment with government-run education, and we have absolutely nothing good to show for it.