"Stupid in America" continues
Last night, John Stossel reported the fallout on the segment, "Stupid in America," that aired on 20/20 in January. The segment demonstrated how educational competition - such as that which exists in other parts of the world - would improve and advance our own educational system. That the United States Postal Service did not have overnight deliveries until FedEx appeared on the market, was provided as an example. Competition for government-run institutions = good. Same-old = bad.
These were John Stossel's main points, taken from 20/20's website:
"American fourth-graders do well on international tests, but by high school, Americans have fallen behind kids in most other countries.
The constant refrain that "public schools need more money" is nonsense. Many countries that spend significantly less on education do better than we do. School spending in America (adjusted for inflation) has more than tripled over the past 30 years, but national test scores are flat. The average per-pupil cost today is an astonishing $10,000 per student — $200,000 per classroom! Think about how many teachers you could hire, and how much better you could do with that amount of money.
Most American parents give their kids' schools an A or B grade, but that's only because, without market competition, they don't know what they might have had. The educators who conduct the international tests say that most of the countries that do best are those that give school managers autonomy, and give parents and students the right to choose their schools. Competition forces private and public schools to improve.
There is little K-12 education competition in America because public schools are a government monopoly. Monopolies rarely innovate, and union-dominated monopolies, burdened with contracts filled with a hundred pages of suffocating rules, are worse. The head of New York City's schools told me that the union's rules 'reward mediocrity.'"
The union of New York City teachers, however, decided to protest John Stossel for airing the segment. Not the system that reinforces the same-old, but the man who revealed the problem.
Yes, that makes total sense to me.