Political Hypocrisy Post 2: Liberals on education spending
People on both sides of the political aisle seem to be in agreement that our education system in America is failing. We have seen math and science achievement decline when compared to students in other countries. Liberals consistently suggest that the answer is more education spending. The reality is that over the last 30 years, in currently adjusted funds we are actually spending significantly more on education than we have in the past. So if we’re spending so much more money and we’re not seeing success, than what is wrong?
Well first off our current K-12 system was designed to build good solid factory workers. The system is very good at teaching obedience, lack of independent thought, and repetitive activity. Of course nowhere in that list do you see the ability to critically think, develop creatively or do what we all here consistently at work is so absolutely necessary, the ability to think out of the box. In fact, for those of you who did think out of the box in high school I bet you weren’t rewarded for it.
There are schools that are succeeding and there are common characteristics among them. We know how to do education effectively and there are schools across the country that are proving this. The actual issue is however that most districts aren’t willing to incorporate new methods. This happens for a lot of reasons including tradition, administrators and teachers without the authority to make changes, the difficulty of involving parents, issues with tenure and then the natural resistance to change.
There are other ideas out there that don’t involve just throwing money at the problem, that won’t work. Here’s a video clip that might make you reframe the way you think about this issue particularly if you think the answer is just money.