The Great Connections Seminar

The Great Connections Seminar
Discussing ethics

Monday, September 28, 2009

What the public thinks of public schools

Paul E. Peterson's chock-full-of-disturbing-facts article from the Wall Street Journal about the public's fairly accurate assessment of what's going on in the public schools.

A few highlights:

- High school graduation rates are lower today than they were in 1970.
- Our 15 year olds rate 24th in the world for math.
- Schools spend an average of $10,000 per pupil.
- Average teacher salaries are $47,000.
- $100 billion of the stimulus package went to K-12 education, doubling the federal contribution.

"No less than 25% of those polled by Education Next gave the schools either an F or a D. (In 2005, only 20% gave schools such low marks.)" Gee, I wonder why!

I applaud the US public for learning so fast - and all those commentators who have been bringing the sorry news to them.

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