Scholars: Throwing More Money at Public Schools Will Not Make Them Better

Daniel Doherty

9/16/2013 4:30:00 PM - Daniel Doherty

If you’ve ever wondered if America’s public education system is failing our children, here’s your answer. Indeed, three scholars from three separate academies (the Hoover Institution, Harvard University, and the University of Munich) have teamed up and released a brand new book, “Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School,” in which they conclude that while America is in fact the richest and most prosperous nation on earth, it lags behind most Westernized countries vis-à-vis student achievement. At the same time, they argue, the United States spends far more money than most countries on public education (roughly $12,000 per student annually) and yet test scores have essentially flat-lined. The status quo, in other words, is way worse than the teachers unions and/or education establishment would ever let on. According to their research, only seven percent of students in America perform at “advanced levels” in mathematics -- behind 29 other countries worldwide. And reading scores, as you might expect, are not much better. Thus, they insist, failing to address these systemic problems now will only have more negative long-term economic consequences for the United States later.

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