Looking At The Reality Of Education Today
With all of the stupidity and lack of basic knowledge currently being exhibited by snowflakes on college campuses, it has definitely become evident that the billions upon billions of dollars invested in education since the 1960’s has been poorly used and taxpayers poorly served.
Betsy DeVos finally and barely got approved as the new Secretary of Education. Many Democrats and a few Republicans have questioned her ability and experience. Certainly, it has come to my mind as well. While she has been actively involved in education and politics for many years, I am a bit uneasy over her qualifications within the world of educators. Obviously given other choices, Trump had to have seen something in the lady that made him confident of her ability to lead the Department of Education. Plus, there is something to be said for a “non-traditional and non-academia immersed” approach.
DeVos as a member of the Republican Party is known for her advocacy of school choice, school voucher programs, and charter schools. She is a member of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She has served as chairwoman of the board of Alliance for School Choice and Acton Institute and heads the All Children Matter PAC.
There is no doubt between Democrat congress members and the screaming mimi liberal paid rabble, DeVos will have her hands full. But even more than that, she will have to not only come up to speed on the running of this agency but the logic behind its functions and reasoning. Looking in is never the same as being involved.
If Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie (R) gets his way, his H.R. 899 has plans to reform the U.S. education system by getting rid of the federal Department of Education entirely.
Balletopedia: Public education in the United States is mainly the province of state and local governments, which provide most of the funding and administrative oversight of public schools for kindergarten through grade 12. The public school system operates mainly within school districts governed by locally elected school boards and superintendents. In 2013 the United States had 49,771,118 students enrolled in a total of 98,454 schools in 18,093 school districts. There were 3,109,101 teachers in the public schools, or roughly one teacher for every 16 students. There was roughly one administrator for every 295 students. The average amount of spending for each pupil was $10,700 in 2013, and the average graduation rate was 81.4 percent in 2013.
Throughout the United States, spending and student achievement varied greatly. However, greater spending per pupil did not necessarily mean better graduation rates or standardized test scores, and vice versa.
The U.S. Department of Education is a United States executive department established in 1980. Of the 15 Cabinet agencies, the U.S. Department of Education has the smallest staff and the third largest discretionary budget.
Federal Historical Education Appropriation Budget (in thousands)
1980 first year total budget $14,011,052
2010 Appropriation………..$63,009,432 President Budget….$66,203,438
2011 Appropriation………..$43,901,252 President Budget….$77,787,360
2012 Appropriation………..$40,550,403 President Budget….$68,023,391
2013 Appropriation………..$39,851,541 President Budget….$54,096,961
2014 Appropriation………..$55,266,372 President Budget….$53,827,787
2015 Appropriation………..$87,369,403 President Budget….$82,279,336
2016 Appropriation………..$not listed President Budget….$73,837,292
LPB Fact Sheet WHERE WE STAND: AMERICA’S SCHOOLS IN THE 21ST CENTURY as of article date September 19, 2008. The bald truth is that what was written in this article has only increased in decline since then.
-In 1995, the U.S. ranked #1 in the world in college graduation rate. In 2005, it was 15th.
-Out of 30 developed countries, U.S. students rank 25th in math and 21st in science
-U.S. Chamber of Commerce gives most states a C, D, or F in preparing kids for the workplace.
-In 1970, the average college graduate earned around 45% more than a high-school graduate, today the gap is 84%.
-The U.S. spends 7.4% of its gross domestic product on education.
-24 out of 50 states spend less per pupil in low income districts than affluent ones. 45 out of 50 states have had lawsuits over school funding.
Successful colleges and universities receive the greater amount of federal funds. HERE is a quick list of the ones receiving the bulk of those dollars for science and engineering. PEW has a fairly complete 2015 breakdown of where those funds are going if interested. Pell grants, specialized science and technology grants, veteran educational benfits, and general purpose grants get the bulk of dollars.
We have spent a lot of money but could that money have been better spent?
Public schools have received most of the lions share from pre-school to college. Secondary Education has probably received the least where high schools are able to prepare for students to become productive members of society as well as for preparing for college. Technical Schools fit in this category. At one time we were taught personal skills, like balancing bank accounts, how to prepare for job interviews, and that college was not the only way to achieve success using the skills we have available.
We were told back in the 1960’s that not everyone could fit into the “new wave” and that all positions across the spectrum were important. There is a deeply troubling trend to cut out the blue collar work skills that every graduating student should have from farming, to carpentry, to auto mechanic, to bookkeeping whether they ever use them in the future or not. Employers are increasingly finding that young people are not ready for ANY industry or public employment when they leave high school. As a result the technical as well as regular blue collar skills and expertise are rapidly vanishing in a time when they should be the backbone of business, especially if Trump is able to bring back jobs that have all but disappeared.
Political hack-tavist is not a lifelong skill people. Life simply does not work that way. If we are lucky, we come out of high school with skills that see us through the mundane jobs and lower level sales until we get more training. One of the ways back in my time to get that training was mentoring within the business. Later, the larger companies like Exxon used in-house training as drawing skills for those wanting to improve.
Somewhere in the last twenty years, someone decided that a college education had to be extremely expensive and universities with four-year degrees and “ivy league status” had to include a lot of useless information and indoctrination. Someone decided that having a diploma from a college automatically meant double the salary even if it was overriding the more experienced and valuable employees in a company. Someone decided that being the CEO or management with alphabet letters behind their names and little practical reality-based experience meant multi-million dollar salaries whether they made good or bad decisions. Someone decided that middle America had no value even if they were the skilled backbone of the railroad companies, manufacturing lines, construction crews, or sanitation workers. They are wrong and are totally idiotic. Not ONE valuable decision, not ONE plan of action can be successfully completed without the middle class and the farmbelt of this country.
When we began labeling middle class as “lowly” or “unskilled and ignorant” compared to the “international money making”, “global marketing, and “lawyers or doctors”, then we devalued the entire world of community, state, and federal businesses.
Just how do people think we get from point A to point B without middle class business, blue collar workers, or structure within our own borders? Ya can’t move a box from Dallas to London without people either manually or mechanically providing the method of delivery, duh! I mean if everyone coming out of schools decides to go into some “global frenzy” then who provides the labor? Obviously open borders thanks to the New World Order plans to send the laborers into our lands but then at that point, we are No Longer a country, simply land mass. And, if our educational system continues to decline then those fancy smancy “global jobs” will only be filled by whatever the current best universities across the entire planet provide which then means Americans will have NO options.
When the Marxist and liberal ideology rewrote student classroom training skills, reasoning skills, accountability values, and understanding of how the real world works, then students became no better than robots programmed to be cognizant of only one baseless and historically bad economic ideology. We have lost billions of tax dollars to someone’s pockets and not to the betterment of our future generations.
Part 2 – Comparing Options of Educating for Families