Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Money Not the Issue

The Washington Post, which loved Obama, reports the administration's failure to raise the performance of failing public schools.
One of the Obama administration’s signature efforts in education, which pumped billions of federal dollars into overhauling the nation’s worst schools, failed to produce meaningful results, according to a federal analysis.

Test scores, graduation rates and college enrollment were no different in schools that received money through the School Improvement Grants program — the largest federal investment ever targeted to failing schools — than in schools that did not.
The schools' problem is not money; the problem is far too many students who, for a variety of reasons, have no interest in learning. Behaving disruptively, they make it nearly impossible for the others to learn.

Unwillingness to confront this reality is widespread. Almost nobody likes the policies which logically flow from this diagnosis.