FROM TOM WOOD’S EMAIL
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Our most recent episode of Contra Krugman — my weekly podcast with Bob Murphy that takes apart a Paul Krugman New York Timescolumn — took on Krugman’s claims about education, teacher salaries, and spending.
The government school is the object of veneration of the American religion.
Therefore, it’s become impossible to view it objectively.
But that’s what we did in our episode.
For example, surveys of adults in a variety of subject areas, from science to history to government, finds most unable to demonstrate even basic competence. It’s a disaster.
This after 13 years in the government’s system.
Just days ago the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a project of the U.S. Department of Education, reported that 65 percent of American eighth graders are not proficient at reading, and 67 percent are not proficient in math.
Students emerge from their 13 years, furthermore, without a single skill that can command a decent wage. In the age of the Internet, they’ve been taught none of the basics of how to make an online living.
Now if the private sector generated such atrocious results, we’d never hear the end of it. Why, these fatcats care nothing about education or the poor. Just their own profits!
But since it’s the government, we get…silence. Oh, and demands for more money.
(If the schools were run by Walmart, do you suppose these folks would accept the “we need more money” excuse?)
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Gooferment Skrules are a disaster in every dimension, imho!!!
There were two great “definitions”:
- The Federal Government is an insurance company with an army.
- The State Governments are educational companies with police forces.
Seems like “We, The Sheeple” need to separate “insurance” and “education” from Gooferment.
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