Monday, October 25, 2010

Lefty documentarian documents spending, performance trends

One of the most gratifying parts of Waiting for "Superman" -- a documentary made by a self-described liberal -- was the use of a chart which shows education spending going up, up, up while performance stays flat at abysmally low levels. It's gratifying because I've been using these charts for years.

If the car has a blown transmission, it doesn't do any good to keep pouring more gasoline into the tank. Or as Jean Stover put it Sunday in The Oklahoman, "As a retired teacher, I would like to say pouring more money into a defective school system won't make it better."

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