You know, as much as we'd all like to hope so, there is no relationship between the amount of money spent on education (it was about $110 billion in
2002) and any increases in student achievement. Amazingly, as the amount of money spent on education has gone up
, student achievement has gone
Well, it's not so much the money, it's the control, IMO. As the amount of federal control of schools has gone up
, student achievement has
Will that awaken the politicians in Congress to cut these failed federal programs and return education authority to the 50 States, where it belongs in
the first place? Not in this lifetime!
No Congress member wants to be chastized as "against education" -- besides, creating federal education
programs gets them votes for being "for education" (though it shouldn't be getting them votes to put education under federal control; but most
voters aren't thinking about that).
Heh, get this: More than 36 federal departments and organizations
run major education programs, according to the U.S. Department of Education
(I guess they didn't count themselves as one
As Washington, DC has gradually claimed more power over education, the 50 States have been forced to accept the control of the federal government
(usually in the form of a myriad of tentacled regulations) if they want their education money back (since the citizens of the 50 States gave the
federal government that money in the first place through their taxes). What's worse is that this "one-size-fits-all, we-know-what's-best-for-you"
mentality, which started in 1965, got worse to a whole new level in 2002 with the "No Child Left Behind Act".
Now, on one hand, don't get me wrong -- I strongly believe in standardized tests, and achievement models -- but not when they're designed by
politicians and administered by bureaucrats.
And guess what? When the programs fail, the politicians just throw money at them -- because
there's no way
programs they designed couldn't possibly work... they just didn't have enough funding!
Personally, I say: Abolish the U.S. Department of Education, and the 36 other federal education programs! Return total control of education in the
U.S. to the 50 States! If the U.S. Department of Education must
be kept, make it nothing more than a clearinghouse for student loans
nationwide, and an issuer of periodic reports that the 50 States can either take or leave as anyone else who reads them can...
That's my $0.02, anyway.