Failing Education

An article in the WSJ today punctures many myths about public education.

Since 1970, the public school workforce has roughly doubled—to 6.4 million from 3.3 million—and two-thirds of those new hires are teachers or teachers’ aides. Over the same period, enrollment rose by a tepid 8.5%….

So a doubling in staff size and more than a doubling in cost have done little to improve academic outcomes….

The implication of these facts is clear: America’s public schools have warehoused three million people in jobs that do little to improve student achievement—people who would be working productively in the private sector if that extra $210 billion were not taxed out of the economy each year.

The blunt truth is that teachers are a core constituency for the Democrats, and are charged with keeping the masses dumbed down while inculcating liberal doctrine.

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