To what, you may ask, am I referring? This.
How many times have you heard your liberal friends insist that we must raise more tax dollars to pay for better education? And - who among us does not want the best education we can produce for our children?
But if you look at the statistics in the study above, then you will appreciate that education has become a gravy train for bureaucrats and unions that has nothing to do with a superior education for the next generations.
The Friedman report, authored by Ben Scafidi, PhD, takes an even longer look, demonstrating that since 1950, public school enrollment has increased 96 percent, while the number of teachers has increased 252 percent and the number of non-teaching personnel (administrators and other staff) has increased an astonishing 702 percent. “Put differently,” Scafidi notes, “the rise in non-teaching staff was more than seven times faster than the increase in students”:
Between 1950 and 2009, the pupil-staff ratio declined to 7.8 students per public school employee from 19.3 students per public school employee. By 2009, there were fewer than eight public school students per adult employed in the public school system. The drop in the pupil-teacher ratio also was large—the pupil-teacher ratio was 27.5 students per teacher in 1950 and only 15.4 in 2009.
Scafidi also shows how this administrative bloat has affected schools on a state-by-state basis (and uses an interactive map to make the point). Of note: “Nine states with declining student populations had significant increases in public school personnel—D.C., Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Vermont.”
At some point, our society has to admit that what we have been doing for decades now is not working. More and more adminstrators and teachers does not a fine education guarantee.
We now spend more than three times per pupil, adjusted for inflation, than what we spent in 1970. And, if you are like me, then you think that children received a superior public school education 40 years ago in contrast to today.
Let's stop the insanity. Let's start doing what works for education our children, thinking outside the box - and realizing that more money spent does not insure a more well-educated child.