The great myth of all government bureaucrats is this: if the taxpayers shovel in more money, performance will increase. The opposite is usually true. Cut a budget, and performance increases.
The best example in America life of the failure of the “spend more, and results improve” is tax-funded K-12 education.
I graduated from high school in 1959. Five years later, SAT scores began to decline. They have never gotten back to 1963′s scores.
It was in 1964 that Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society programs got rolling, including federal money for public education.
In 1959, the typical high school class had a student-teacher ratio above 30-to-1. Today, it is half this.
Small class sizes end when students go off to college. If small classes are good for education, why do colleges stick 100 to 1,000 students in a lecture hall? Why are discussion groups at least 25 students?
Because in college, there are no disciplinary problems. The thugs don’t go to college.
Solution: expel the thugs, early. But school districts are paid by the state in terms of students enrolled. Principals keep the thugs on campus. You get what you pay for. State funding pays for thugs.
In a recent speech, Obama claimed that the federal government must spend $25 billion to subsidize school districts. There have been 300,000 layoffs in teachers. He challenged Congress to come up with the money.
This was a election-year speech. He knows Congress will not come up with the money. But that is not my main point. My main point is this: the fat in the school system is blatant.
Administration absorbs far more than is necessary. The more money that goes to administration, the worse the schools get: more violence, lower test scores.
The classes could easily be doubled in size. Performance would increase, if the disciplinary problems were expelled. Teachers could teach.
If we really wanted better schools, we would enforce these rules: “Cut funding. Expel thugs.”
Meanwhile, a 13-year-old honor student is threatened with expulsion if she does not remove a photo of her softball team from her notebook. This is American public education. It is run by people without any sense.