Education
Education performance in the United Sates has fallen from #1 in the world in 1973 to #17 in 2013. Middle of the pack in science, math & reading in 2015. During that timeframe we added the DOE, lowered standards, lowered grading scales and spent trillions of dollars, only to see results dramatically decline against the rest of the world. The left wants more money spent to solve the problem. The right wants the DOE eliminated and local control restored. State Rankings by Size & Money. State Rankings Best & Worst. State Funding per Student. Textbooks are also a political battleground. Tax dollars are being used to buy textbooks that make claims like: 1. Christopher Columbus ordered the 'complete genocide' of Native Americans. 2. Members of the Boston Tea Party were 'terrorists'. 3. Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John F Kennedy because he was a 'deeply disturbed Marine'; not because he was a committed Marxist. 4. During Ronald Reagan presidency the 'poor got poorer', inferring that his policies were targeted to such a result. Where is the truth? See the debate in this section.

A Grand Bargain to Reopen Public Schools

7/15/20
by William A. Galston,
from The Wall Street Journal,
7/14/20:

Reopening public schools has moved—appropriately—to the center of national debate. U.S. public education from pre-K through 12th grade is a $680 billion yearly enterprise, involving about 51 million students and more than six million teachers and support staff, not to mention tens of millions of parents. If schools don’t reopen this fall, students will suffer, parents will face difficult choices, and the economic recovery will be hobbled. But if schools are reopened hastily, without adequate preparation, the public-health consequences will be dire. We should begin where parents and pediatricians do, with the well-being of children. The accumulating weight of evidence shows that online instruction for public-school students is inferior to face-to-face teaching and that schools offer opportunities for social and psychological development that distance learning cannot replicate. As the American Academy of Pediatrics states, policy discussions should “start with a goal of having students physically present in school.”

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