It is no secret today that U.S. public schools are slipping quickly behind other developed nations in every subject area. The federal government continues to throw more and more money at the Department of Education with no results. This problem is not one of funding, it is a problem of politics in public education.
Politics that have no business being there. A recent report issued by ACT Inc. showed that more than 25 percent of U.S. high school graduates are not prepared for their first year of college. More than 60 percent of ACT test takers failed at least two sections of the exam. The most apparent reason for this decline in American aptitude stems from legislation such as “No Child Left Behind.”
This piece of legislation attempted to improve students’ grades by awarding funding to schools who showed better performance from year to year. The results of this political meddling was that the course curriculums were significantly dumbed-down to artificially inflate schools’ overall performance.