With per-pupil costs FOUR TIMES higher than 50 years ago, do we really need to invest more into schools?

According the figures by US Department of Education, per-pupil costs of public schools today is 4 times higher today than in 1962 (inflation-adjusted):

http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=66

Yet, the education is not any better today than it was (perhaps, it even got a little worse). 70% of the nation's 8th-graders still can't be deemed "proficient" in reading, for example:

http://mediamatters.org/blog/201102220030

With these facts and figures in mind, do we really need to spend MORE on our schools, or is it time to be begin spending DIFFERENTLY?

Update:

Scottso, US is the 3rd-4th in the world in per-pupil spending. That's national average. The states with the most troubled public schools spend even more than national average, easily beating the Europeans:

http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/edu_spe_per_pri_...

http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/edu_spe_per_sec_...

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  • 9 years ago
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    For 30 friggin' years, liberals have been screaming "More money for education!"

    And guess what, it still sucks. Now more than ever.

    Money isn't the problem, bad districting, bad teachers , the Dept of Education, and piss poor curriculum are.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Apparently you haven't bothered to look at what technology or materials costs are for public schools nowadays. Also, have you ever looked at the prices for textbooks? Public schools are having the same problems as hospitals with a limited number of vendors charging extravagant prices for classroom materials.

    There is a movement emerging with that, and within the next ten years a large number of public schools and libraries will probably transition to using Open Source software programs like OpenOffice and Irfanview rather than costly software programs like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. The new Ubuntu Linux 11.10 UI is so user friendly (It's a version of Linux that only requires knowledge of command line entries for network administration. Limited account users have a completely point and click UI.) that many public schools and libraries will probably be transitioning away from the Windows Operating System also.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Our country is also much larger than it was 50 years ago, and the costs for private schooling and college tuition is actually much much higher than it was 50 years ago.

    Proportionately, public schools costs have not risen nearly as much as private schools and colleges during the same period of time. Just in the last 20 years private school costs have gone up by a factor of 9X. I would say that public schools have been increasingly more efficient that private schools when you account for costs.

    And yes, we do need to invest more into our schools, because it actually costs less overall to our society than the direct monetary costs in the books. You see, it is like this. The more students we educate and keep in schools, the fewer kids there are in the streets, in gangs, and getting pregnant. Teen pregnancies, gang violence and the welfare state created by a lack of eduction cost our government much much more than the costs of keeping them in school. If anything, we should invest more in schools so that fewer kids become burdens to society.

    Plot the costs of welfare for a teenage mother against the costs of keeping her in school and educated, and tell me what is cheaper over the short AND long term. That alone should convince you to invest more in education.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    You want better schools?

    Return the responsibility for funding and manging K-12 to the local school districts.

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  • 9 years ago

    Who spiked the GOP Tea?

    Looney tunes!

    Maybe it is time to reform the schools to the 21st century. You progress with the times not regress.

    Moving Forward

  • Calvin
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    It will do no good. The problem with public education is not money. In fact, if anything....money (EXTREMELY high funding) has corrupted the process considerably.

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    Lv 4
    4 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    inflation and education inflation might be two different things.

    how much does europe spend on education?

    private schools and charter schools do not outperform public schools when you account for socio-economic factors.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Thanks to the National Teachers Unions. See how wonderful they have been.

    They have taught your little Johnny and Susie, How to be a half stupid socialist

    or Communist. Wooo Ha.

  • 9 years ago

    We should double the current levels and offer tenure after 30 days.

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