The New York Times is at it again. An article today reports that the education achievement gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow.
The writer bemoans that:
"the income divide has received far less attention from policy makers and government officials than gaps in student accomplishment by race."
The Times' always assumes that more money is the answer. It's not. Since 1970, government spending on education, adjusted for inflation, has nearly tripled, but test scores have been flat for decades. Kids in other countries clean our clocks on international tests.
The government monopoly is not working. They never do.
Instead, it's choice that promotes student achievement. America has begun experimenting with choice, but most places, there remains little competition between public schools. The results are predictable.
Fortunately, charter schools in some of the country's poorest areas have begun to help students achieve. The Harlem Success Academy in New York City is one example.
This weekend on Sunday at 9pm EST, Fox News will rebroadcast my Stupid in America show, which gives other examples of schools that work.