American investment in education and our future is paying off!! We are getting EXACTLY what we deserve!! And what are we getting? Dumb children. SAT scores in reading for last year were the lowest ever recorded. Very surprising…we continue to cut education funding, and our children continue to get dumber and dumber.
Out of the 41 countries tested in 2003. U.S. students scored 28th in math testing. Latvia just edged us out for 27th. In reading, we scored 18th out of 41. In science, we scored 22nd out of 41. But who can blame us? The United States just doesn’t have the resources to spend on education like Latvia does!! Right???? Well, no, that isn’t quite right. In 2011, the Federal government spent 12 times as much on the military as we did on education. We spent nearly 10 times as much on the military as we did on science, environmental, and energy programs, combined. Our military budget nearly matches the rest of the WORLD’S military budget, combined!!
It’s all about priorities. Education funding seems to be one of the first things on the chopping block when there are budget issues. Raise taxes? Or fire teachers? 9 times out of 10 in the U.S., the answer seems to be to fire teachers. Now we unquestionably have issues with federal deficits and debt, and what are our priorities for addressing that debt? Do we raise taxes to ensure our ability to invest in our future? GOD NO!! This is America! Land of the brain-dead GOP! Raising taxes is COMPLETELY off the table!!
Do we cut our massive bloated military budget? GOD NO!!! This is America! Land of the brain-dead GOP! Cutting the military budget is COMPLETELY off the table!!!
Do we foolishly cut our investments in education and science? GOD YES! This is America! Land of the brain-dead GOP! Michele Bachman has advocated that we simply CUT the entire Department of Education. Rick Perry and Herman Cain also strongly advocate moving all control of education to states and local governments. Surely state and local control would result in a better education system, right? GOD NO!! In my current state of South Dakota this past year, when budget issues arose, one of the first things cut (surprise!!) was education funding. When push comes to shove, be it at the Federal, State, or local level, people consistently choose the short-sighted view to handle short-term budget issues by cutting long-term investment in education and science.
America land of the free, and home of the brave. OH, and also the land of dumb children. And there’s no one to blame but ourselves and our screwed up priorities.