Unfortunately, whenever a politician wants to gain votes he works to cut taxes. As soon as that is done, the budget has to be reduced. The easiest place to do that is to decrease funding for education. That means we have a public who are less and less educated — except at Sunday school and church. That leads naturally to your conclusion. While there are a great many intelligent, educated people in the U.S., there aren’t enough and, we end up with eight years of GWB, and now we have to watch Huckabee and the others who aren’t much better declare their disbelief in evolution.
The United States spent an average of $8,701 per pupil to educate its children in 2005
In fact, the U.S. is the single greatest investor in education. According to the report, its public education budget is close to that of all governments in the six regions combined: the Arab States, Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, South and West Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
One would think that with our vastly superior resources and the level of education spending which far exceeds these competitors we would outperform nearly everyone - not so. Dr. Schmidt, who oversees the research effort into the TIMSS results, says the actual cause for the failures appears to be weak math and science curricula in U.S. middle schools.
A more insightful explanation was once proffered by Jean McLaughlin, president of Barry University who said “The public schools lack focus; instead of concentrating on education, they dabble in social re-engineering”. That assessment was confirmed by the superintendent of the country’s fourth largest school district in Miami-Dade, Florida who said “Half our job is education, and the other half is social work”.
Food for thought.