In the US, we spend more money on education than any other developed nation in the world - an average of $7700 per child. No country in the world spends more on education than we do.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. *Attributed to Albert Einstein
The problem is for all of the money we spend on education, we're not really seeing the kind of results one would expect to see. We spend more money than any other country, but we don't have a superior education. In fact, the opposite really does seem to be true, and rather than being significantly more educated, we fall far below many countries that spend two-thirds what we spent. Unfortunately, the usual response from our leaders is to spend more money on education.
In fact, it seems that our President plans to increase educational spending in an area that has shown to be very ineffective. The plan is to increase spending for preschool care, but in a study that asked the question, "Does Universal Preschool Improve Learning?" the answer was no. The study found that "More than a decade after offering students universal preschool, neither Georgia nor Oklahoma has shown impressive progress in student academic achievement ...."
And so we go back to Einstein's quote, and the fact that our educational system - indeed most of the government-run institutions in this country - has become an exercise in insanity, where we keep doing the same things, offering the same sorts of curriculum opportunities (which more and more encourage memorization over any real learning) with no results and more money spent trying to make the results look different than they really are.
I wonder, if our Administration would put those extra dollars into funding higher education opportunities - State-sponsored college educations, free vocational/technical training, and sponsored internships - rather than forcing kids into institutionalized learning at younger and younger ages, how much better things would become?