19 August 2009

Fat Dumb and Stupid's No Way to Go Thru Life Son

After spending trillions on education in the last 40 years, we have absolutely nothing to show for it. SAT scores in reading are lower and math scores are flat with scores in 1972. The general populace is more ignorant, less informed, less curious, and easier to manipulate than they were in 1970. _PrudentBear
Despite the extortion of $500 billion a year from Americans, the US government educational system keeps churning out fat, dumb, and stupid products onto the American job search market. This is not what their parents dreamed of, years ago, when they were exchanging bodily fluids. But they trusted the government, and it is what they got.

Fat, Drunk, and Stupid
Dean Wormer: "0.2. Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son. Mr. Hoover, president of Delta House - 1.6. Four C's and an F. A fine example you set. Daniel Simpson Day has no grade point average. All courses incomplete. Mr. Blu- [looks up to see that Bluto has stuck pencils up his nose] Mr. Blutarsky. Zero POINT zero."
─ Scene from Animal House (1978)


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Blogger Bruce Hall said...

From the Mackinaw Center For Public Policy:

According to the most recent figures available from the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan public schools spend $4,227 per pupil on instructional services, and Michigan public high schools contain 476,485 students.22 On an operating basis (excluding capital expenditures and non-instructional costs, such as lunch and transportation) Michigan public high schools spend a total of $2,014,102,095 per year. But because of dropouts only 91,691 students graduate each year. And of those who graduate, 14,848 are likely to enroll in a year's worth of remedial education in community college or university.23 In other words, Michigan public high schools spend about $2 billion each year to produce 76,843 "successful" graduates, meaning graduates who will not require a year of remedial education to address their lack of basic skills. Dividing the total amount spent by Michigan public high schools by the number of successful graduates (multiplied by four to account for the fact that it takes four years to complete high school), yields a per successful graduate cost of $6,553 per year (excluding capital and non-instructional expenses).

There's more that shows how that number (excluding capital and non-instructional expenses) is quite a bit higher when you account for the systemic costs of drop-out and those that require remedial education.


That is part of a larger study in .pdf form: http://www.educationreport.org/archives/2000/s2000-05.pdf

Thursday, 20 August, 2009  
Blogger al fin said...

Interesting, Bruce.

I understand that Detroit public school teachers are the highest paid in the nation.

Why are Detroit students trying so hard to get out of the public school system, when their teachers are so well paid?

So many contradictions and paradoxes. It must have something to do with government involvement, plus unions and perhaps just a touch of organised crime?

Unions, organised crime, the democratic party: this is the holy trinity of big city politics, the machinery of graft that keeps the wheels turning.

Friday, 21 August, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few years ago the teachers in Detroit actually went on strike, something I have never seen happen in another city.

Monday, 31 August, 2009  

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