15 April 2008

Your Tax Dollars at Work: Spending More Money for Worse SAT Scores

Government education costs are growing two times the rate that the cost for gasoline is rising, over the past twenty years. The results of all these spiraling tax expenditures is disheartening.

Bad results from government education are simply a microcosm of the downside of big government approaches to ordinary problems. The best thing you can say about big government is that it gives a lot of otherwise unemployable people decent jobs, with much earlier retirement and better pension benefits than most real working people will get.


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Blogger IConrad said...

Thank you for reinforcing my own thoughts on this matter.

I once demonstrated conclusively that we as a nation could achieve personalized, individualized & tailored education for the nation's young while spending about 30% of what we do today.

Rather than retype it all, just visit the articles in question, if you'd like.

Tuesday, 15 April, 2008  
Blogger al fin said...

Thanks for the link, Conrad. I will indeed take a look.

Tuesday, 15 April, 2008  
Blogger Mike said...

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Tuesday, 15 April, 2008  
Blogger IConrad said...

Ironically, mike, IQ scores are increasing over time. It's called the Flynn Effect.

Tuesday, 15 April, 2008  
Blogger Hell_Is_Like_Newark said...

I pay over $18k a year for property taxes on the building I live in. More than 50% go to support the local school system (which property taxes cover less than 25% of the actual cost.. the rest is picked up via state income and sales taxes). I have become VERY opposed to public financing of education. If you have kids, you educate them. Instead I see $13k+ per student annual fees and a student body that can't pass the State's minimum basic skills test.

Wednesday, 16 April, 2008  
Blogger al fin said...

HILN: Your problem is that you see the government schools as places of education. Not so. Government schools (GSs) serve multiple purposes.

For faculty and staff, GSs serve as employment services to provide make-work jobs. For children, GSs are baby-sitting services, meant to confine children in known locations so as to provide an alibi in case of outside criminal activity during school hours.

For school boards and concerned citizens, GSs are a hobby, for killing time.

It is up to you, the taxpayer, to keep the entire beneficent process going. None of it could happen without you.

Wednesday, 16 April, 2008  
Blogger Audacious Epigone said...


The Flynn effect has pretty much been dormant in the developed world for the last couple of decades. I don't pretend to know why, although am aware of some plausible explanations: We've reached the point where basic needs going unmet is essentially a choice, and consequently environmental handicaps have been removed (this hasn't happened in the developed world or the third world, where the Flynn effect may not be dead--ie China's estimated average IQ of 100 to upwards of 110 in South Korea and Hong Kong). Another factor might be lead reduction.

Wednesday, 16 April, 2008  

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