The infographic allows individuals to compare education across the 50 states. While the state-by-state information is interesting in itself, comparing data across states yields information that contradicts the conventional wisdom as well as the opinions of many mainstream talking heads.
- New York spends the most on education ($19k+/student), but it ranks 40th in high school graduation rate. Compare that to Oklahoma which spends spends $7.5k+/student/year and ranks 27th in high school graduation.
- For $18,047/student/year, New Jersey ranks #1 in high school graduation and 8th grade writing. Compare that to New Mexico which graduates 67% of all its high schools students for $10.2k+/student/year.
- California ranks #47 in 8th grade math, #46 in reading, and #42 in science, all for ~$8.5/student/year.
- North Dakota ranks #1 in 8th grade math, science, and student teacher/student radio, #2 in reading, and #4 in writing. What are they doing in North Dakota that could be replicated in other states for the benefit of children?
In the United States, education is not a "right," despite what politicians, mainstream media talking heads, and pundits opine. Education is a "reserved right," that is, it is reserved to each state and each state is free to provide whatever education it wants for children, if any. As this interactive infographic demonstrates, variety characterizes public education in the states where each state and locality decides how it will allocate taxpayers money to educate children.
With the federal government becoming increasingly intrusive into public education by issuing regulations and guidelines and tying federal dollars to compliance, this reserved right is threatened. Uniformity rather than diversity being the end game and the Obama administration's push for a "common core" is the most recent attempt to force the states to comply with federal diktats.
The Framers intended that the states would function as the "laboratories" for democracy. This wisdom, applied to public education, would envision each state as a micro-laboratory to experiment with a variety of approaches to determine what works best.
If only the Obama administration had allowed the states to experiment with healthcare reform, allowing them to function as micro-laboratories to identify "best practices," the botched program called Obamacare would never have had to happen.
Why replicate failure and waste taxpayers' money along the way?
Let the discussion begin...
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