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Why Stephen Colbert's Inaccurate Assessment of Education is no Laughing Matter

Jim628 Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 10:37 AM
Numbers do not tell a universal story. In our rural Missouri district, the average expenditure per pupil, based on average daily attendance, is less than $9,100. Our graduation rate is consistently above 90%. The overwhelming number of students that we ultimately count as dropouts are not those students who have been with us over time, but instead come to us following serial residency in multiple school districts and dysfunctional family circumstances. We accept and teach those students often knowing that we may be the only support they have. There are no singular solutions. Meaningful discussion must acknowledge that educational success is the product of everything that walks through the front door.
I like Stephen Colbert. His brand of humor is very funny, and he reminds us how important it is to sometimes laugh at our politicians.

But unfortunately, many Americans get their news from satire television and accept comedy as fact. Last week, Colbert had a segment that focused on the dismal academic results of the government education system.

His solution – albeit humorous – was to increase the number of kids who use various medications to cope with their challenges. He went on to say, in a tongue-in-cheek manner, that drugs are cheaper than increasing funding for government...