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Educational Investments Will Revive America!


In a typically fawning NYT piece, Prof. Bruce Fuller tells us that the Obama administration can do great things for America by making more educational “investments.”

I see here the same kind of thinking that brought us the subprime-mortgage debacle — the government can bring about good things through direct action. Pouring resources into education, however, will not do much to improve national productivity. Just look at the pathetic results of the Kansas City experiment, where a federal judge ordered prodigious expenditures to “improve” inner-city schools. After more than a decade of building educational Taj Mahals, the performance of students was the same as before.

The notion that “better education” is a great national tonic is one of those articles of faith among leftists that can’t be dislodged.


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