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Unacceptable education quality is well documented in the Education Report chapter Two of many graphics from that chapter are shown here The chart at the left shows a 71 decline of the US education productivity index This was caused by declining quality output coupled with huge increases in inflation-adjusted spending per student - - compared to our past and to foreign competitors It is apparent improved quality does not equate to more money thrown at the current system This red line on the chart should have been rising instead of falling if young families and their children are to better compete in a more technologically demanding and competitive global economy than faced by their grandparents And the red line also should have been rising to justify the rapid increases in spending per student But it fell on both counts more spending produced lower quality Our GOAL should be such that all are in agreement that we produce the best quality in the world - - at the best cost - - bar none We do not Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman our school quality is the worse in 35 years The President in 1994 called for volunteers to teach children to read despite the fact todays student-teacher ratio is 33 lower than before and the student population has not changed much The government education system has failed many kids The above productivity index chart stops at 1994 because the SAT was revised in 1995 concerning content and scoring as if someone wanted to play down declining SAT scores by changing the way you measure instead of fixing poor quality But we know negative performance continues from such indicators as more recent results of the international math science exam competition we came in near last and colleges report a decline in quality of freshman and an explosion of remedial course costs to teach basics not learned
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