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Star Parker: Ben Carson on America's Education Challenge

Words Wrote: Oct 27, 2012 10:11 AM
Despite huge increases in spending on education in the past 30 years, when national testing is done, the scores have remained relatively unchanged. From what I've read, there appears to be a recent drop in the number of kids reading books. I wouldn't be surprised if the national reading scores fall below where they have been. That will be big news that we are spending more than ever, and results are objectively lower than they have been in 30 years.

In the midst of the third presidential debate in Florida, which was supposedly about foreign policy, President Barack Obama interjected a few words about American education.

The rationale was not unreasonable. A better-educated America will be a better-performing and more internationally competitive America.

"Let's talk about what we need to compete. ... Let's take an example that we know is going to make a difference in the 21st century and that's our education policy," he said.

Unfortunately, as is so often the case with politicians, what we hear...