"One of the most reflective responses of the left to any social problem is to blame under-funded education. What the left means by this, of course, is not really education, but indoctrination, which is the primary purpose of public education and college education in America today. The vast transfer of wealth from parents and taxpayers to the public schools and uiniversities is one of the most regressive sorts of social tariff in our society. ... State and local spending on public education is more than $15,000 per pupil. Federal spending on public education was almost nonexistent a few decades ago, but now it is growing fast. America, in fact, spends more per capita on public education than almost any nation in the world. Are we getting much for that investment? Not according to test scores. ... The cost per credit hour in the average university is about $300, or about $9,000 per college year. This expense has increased 1,000% over the last decade. Americans are 'investing' an enormous amount of money in the education of our children. Is this a wise policy?," Bruce Walker at the American Thinker, 26 April 2010, link: http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/04/rethinking_education.html.
Small classes. Wow. My old grammar school, PS 191, had 1,400 students in the late 1950s. It's website says it now has 276. I bet every one of them enters Harvard after high school, except those who decline the "H-Bomb" for: Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Chicago, MIT and Amherst. Sure. Shades of the Africentric Toronto school, my 12 October 2009 post: http://skepticaltexascpa.blogspot.com/2009/10/lake-wobegon-does-toronto.html.
Now its war story time. In 1994 I was doing accounting research in Cal State Northridge's (CSUN) library. Three young ladies (YL) came up to me. One said, "Mistah, can you help us learn about whales"? "Yes, young ladies. Which Wales?". The YL look confused. I asked, "The country or the sea mammal"? "The sea mammal". I took the YL to the "WH" card catalog drawer. In 1994 CSUN had a real card catalog! The YL do nothing. I write out w-h-a-l-e-s on a piece of paper and hand it to the YL. The YL do nothing. It now dawns on me the YL do not know the alphabet. I open the card drawer to whales and tell the YL they can find all the books they need now. Will someone tell me why these YL were in college?Walker, the answer is no.