Thursday, March 29, 2007

More and more is spent on public education, with no improvement

The Goldwater Institute reports that over the last ten years the cost per student in Arizona has climbed by 29% with no improvement in test score. The 29% is adjusted for inflation. This is the real per-capita spending.

While the cost of many things, other than housing, has been dropping over the last couple decades, the cost of education, both in K-12 and at the college and University level continues to climb faster than inflation.

Every time someone cries that we need more money to "fix" education, I think of statistics like these. I've heard that stupidity is to keep doing what you have been doing, but to expect different results. It is funny that public education is suppose to teach us, but it seems like few have learned that throwing more money at public education does not improve it.

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