Nuggets of Wisdom

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Destroyed Schools of Detroit

Can we drop the myth that increased education spending leads to better education? America spends more on education per student than any other country, and yet our test scores are an abysmal embarrassment when compared to our worldwide peers.

Nowhere else can this myth be so transparent than in Detroit. Its public schools spend well above the national average per-student, and yet their schools have become dilapidated hellholes that would be better off condemned than renovated.

Even more ironic is how the school district has the highest average public school teacher pay among metropolitan areas, and yet only a slim minority of its high school students are proficient in reading and math.

Gee, it’s almost as if overall education spending has no effect on overall quality in educations. (And before you blame any of this mess on Republicans, the city has been run by Democrats for more than 50 years!)

Please do not misinterpret what I’m trying to say. In no ways am I claiming that cutting education spending and teacher pay is going to improve public education; but it’s quite crystal clear that increasing spending and teacher pay has does nothing to improve it, so more of the same is clearly not the answer.