Bruce McQuain at Questions and Observations writes a post that devastates the notion that more spending on schools, hiring more teachers, improves the education of our youth. It sure pleases the teacher’s unions though.
Looking at those two charts, does anyone think the problem is related only to the money spent or the number of teachers?
Japan spends about 5% of its GDP on education, pays its teachers the equivalent of $25,000 US, has average class sizes of 33 and graduates 93% of its students from their equivalent of high school. South Korea actually spends more of its GDP than does the US (7.35%), pays its teachers a little over $27,000 US, has huge average class sizes (almost 36) and has a graduation rate of 91.23%. The US’s stats are 7.38% GDP, average teacher’s salary of almost $36,000, average class size of 19 and a graduation rate at a dismal 77.53%.
To most that would signal that something is wrong other than the number of teachers or what we’re spending. Somehow, however, that message seems never to get through to our political leaders who continually work under the premise that more money and more bodies is bound, at some point, to make it all better.
Follow the link to see the charts he posts. Frightening to all but teacher’s unions and the Democrats they support.