Wednesday, April 24

One Major Educational Change Since 1960

Eugene Volokh has collected some interesting statistics on education spending in the last four decades. He shows that, adjusted for inflation, the amount of spending per student, the ratio of students per teacher, and spending as a percentage of GDP have all risen, yet most people accept that educational standards have steadily declined in the same period. What could explain this counter-intuitive result? Well, it is only since 1960 that the Federal Government blundered into the picture, increasingly involving itself in both funding and setting education policy. But surely that couldn't be part of it.

Thanks to InstaPundit for the link.