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Monday, August 26, 2013

Predicting Implosion In School System

A new book called The K-12 Implosion by Glenn Harlan Reynolds predicts that a huge shift is coming in our K-12 public school system. American taxpayers are spending more money on public schools every year, but we are not seeing any of the improvements we are paying for. The cost for one year of public schooling for one kid has risen from $1200 in 1945 to over $10,000 today. But test scores and graduation rates don't go up. The U.S. spends more money on education than most of the nations whose students outperform ours on international tests.

This new book called The K-12 Implosion argues that this situation simply cannot go on forever. The public is losing faith in the school system. Many of the parents who are concerned about their children’s education are taking them out of public schools, which leads to fewer involved parents.

The author, Glenn Reynolds, says that we will likely end up with a variety of alternatives to public schools. Options such as private and charter schools, homeschooling, and online classes are already growing. Students have different needs and want to prepare for different careers. If the public school system is to have a future, it will have to incorporate variety and probably accept the use of vouchers. The growing dissatisfaction with public schools demonstrates the need for options in education.

The author is correct in his analysis of what's wrong with the public school system. But I think he is dreaming if he really thinks the system is going to implode and usher in a new system. The entrenched power of the teachers union, the NEA, and the taxpayers' money the schools and the union have to spend, make such an implosion almost hopeless. So parents, if you can't reform the whole system, it's up to you to figure out how to make sure your kids learn what they need to know and that they are not taught some of the falsehoods that masquerade as education.

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