During the past 5 decades, the federal government's role in education has expanded geometrically:
- In 1979, President Jimmy Carter created the Department of Education.
- In 1983, President Reagan created a National Commission on Excellence in Education which issued a report highlighting the poor educational performance of American schoolchildren.
- In 2002, President George W. Bush signed 600-page-long bill "No Child Left Behind." It spent $25B/year and contained 60 competitive grant programs and 24 formula-grant programs.
- In 2009, President Obama introduced "Race to the Top" grants and No Child Left Behind waivers to states that agreed to implement the national Common Core standards and tests.
For 50 years, all of those taxpayer $$$s shoveled into the nation's public schools!
According to the Daily Signal, the National Assessment of Educational Progress provides some answers. Based upon a long-term analysis of educational trends:
- In 2014, 17-year-old students perform no better in reading and math than did 17-year-olds in the 1970s.
- 26% of high school seniors today are proficient in math (that's 74% who aren't) and 38% of high school seniors are proficient in reading (that's 62% who aren't).
Doesn't it seem like that front in the War on Poverty has been lost? Why does Congress continue to pour taxpayer $$$s into something the data indicate has been a lost cause? What's to show for what President Obama calls a "strategic investment"?
It's time to draw back from that front and return education policy to the states, as the Constitution dictates.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Daily Signal article, click on the following link:
"Nearly 50 Years of Growing Federal Intervention in Education, Explained in One Picture"