It is unfortunate that Buchanan has not examined the junk books and assorted materials--produced by the "free market"--that play such a key role, along with fanciful theories of education, in the continuing pseudo-education of American students. Urban schools continue to be prime laboratories for conducting the disgraceful experiments concoted by pseudo-educators and assorted huckster. =============================
Dumbo Univeristy Pat Buchanan Fri Nov 20, 3:00 am ET
Creators Syndicate ? As George W. Bush famously asked, "Is our children learning?"
Apparently not in the twin capitals of liberalism, D.C. and New York.
In a ranking of 50 states and D.C. by how much each spent per pupil in public schools in 2005, New York ranked first; D.C. third. The state spent $14,100, and New York City just a tad less.
And the bountiful fruits of this massive transfer of taxpayers' wealth?
In D.C., nearly half of all black and Latino students drop out. Of those who graduate, nearly half are reading and doing math at seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade levels. D.C. academic achievement ranks 51st, last in the U.S.
Yet last week came a report from New York that makes D.C look like M.I.T. Some 200 students, in their first math class at City University of New York, were tested on their basic math skills.
Ninety percent could not do basic algebra. One-third could not convert a decimal into a fraction. [snip]