From the Education Department Of Education (a.k.a. the redundancy department of redundancy)- Our Work Here Is Done
The Department of Education was created in 1979 under Jimmy Carter and now has an annual budget of $73 billion, with 5,000 government bureaucrats. When you include all Federal, State and Local spending on public education it totals about $700 billion per year, or $13,000 per student per year. The Department of Education was created to make suggestions to the state and local departments of education. But why do we need three departments of education overlapping each other?
And what starts out as a suggestion from the federal Department of Education ends up being, ‘If you want money from us, you must to do it this way,’ and you will end up with a version of a national school board, out of touch with everyone and every situation.
by Jim Quinn via The Burning Platform blog:
It appears a few children were left behind.
After 37 years and trillions of dollars “invested” in our children, see below what they have achieved. The public school teachers who have been on the front lines for the last 37 years work 9 months per year, earn above average salaries, get awesome benefits, and have gold plated pension plans – all at the expense of taxpayers. And look what they have accomplished.
The tens of millions of illiterate drones think they deserve $15 per hour because it’s fair, even though they can’t count to fifteen or spell fifteen.
STAGGERING ILLITERACY STATISTICS
According to the 2007 California Academic Performance Index, research show that 57% of students failed the California Standards Test in English.
There are six million students in the California school system and 25% of those students are unable to perform basic reading skills
There is a correlation between illiteracy and income at least in individual economic terms, in that literacy has payoffs and is a worthwhile investment. As the literacy rate doubles, so doubles the per capita income.
In a study of literacy among 20 ‘high income’ countries; US ranked 12th
Illiteracy has become such a serious problem in our country that 44 million adults are now unable to read a simple story to their children
50% of adults cannot read a book written at an eighth grade level
45 million are functionally illiterate and read below a 5th grade level
44% of the American adults do not read a book in a year
6 out of 10 households do not buy a single book in a year
3 out of 4 people on welfare can’t read
20% of Americans read below the level needed to earn a living wage
50% of the unemployed between the ages of 16 and 21 cannot read well enough to be considered functionally literate
Between 46 and 51% of American adults have an income well below the poverty level because of their inability to read
Illiteracy costs American taxpayers an estimated $20 billion each year
School dropouts cost our nation $240 billion in social service expenditures and lost tax revenues
Impact on Society:
3 out of 5 people in American prisons can’t read
To determine how many prison beds will be needed in future years, some states actually base part of their projection on how well current elementary students are performing on reading tests
85% of juvenile offenders have problems reading
Approximately 50% of Americans read so poorly that they are unable to perform simple tasks such as reading prescription drug labels
(Source: National Institute for Literacy, National Center for Adult Literacy, The Literacy Company, U.S. Census Bureau)
And this is yet another perfect example of the failure of government intervention.