Investing More Money Into Education

966 Words Dec 2nd, 2014 4 Pages
In the 1970’s the United States was the world leader in education, since then the quality of education has slowly dropped, leaving the United States ranked number thirty-six in education according to the Program for International Assessment (Coleman). The United States is constantly striving to restore its leadership position in education, yet has been unable to. The “obvious” answer has always been to simply invest more money into education, yet politicians and economists are left scratching their heads, wondering why it isn’t working. Investing more money doesn’t improve the quality of education; active educators and using resources more wisely improve the quality of education. In the 1970-1971 school year on average $4,060 was spent per student, but in 2012 an average of $10,608 was spent per student (Lips, Frohlich), which id more than doubled in 2012, yet there’s been little result for the money it’s spent. Paul Guppy from the Washington Policy Center says that, “Only slightly more than half of sophomores passed the math, reading and writing portions of the latest state-required WASL test.” When money spent on education has doubled, most people would expect a larger margin on students to pass, yet only a little more than half passed the state assessment. Additionally, the National Assessment of Educational Progress showed that seventeen-year-olds scores haven’t improved (McCluskey). The extra money that’s been invested into education hasn’t improved the quality of…
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