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Subject: Re: Amazing moment on MSNBC Date: 4/2/2013 3:46 PM
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Here's another reason education could be much better:

http://www.aei-ideas.org/2013/03/chart-of-the-day-public-sch...

America’s public schools are bloated with bureaucracy and skinny on results. Nationwide since 1950, the number of public school administrative and non-teaching positions has soared 702 percent while the student population increased just 96 percent. Over that same period, teachers’ numbers also increased — 252 percent — but still far short of administrators and non-teaching personnel (see chart above).

Notably, that hiring trend has been just as prominent over the past two decades. From 1992 to 2009, students’ numbers increased 17 percent whereas administrators and other non-teaching staff rose 46 percent. And during that time, some states actually lost students yet kept hiring more non-teachers.

Of course, those hiring patterns might be warranted if students’ academic gains kept pace. Academic outcomes, however, have not experienced similar growth. Public high school graduation rates peaked around 1970, and government data show reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) fell slightly between 1992 and 2008. Math scores on the NAEP Long-Term Trend were stagnant during the same period.

The administrative bloat in US public schools looks just like the trend in public universities of much, much higher growth in full-time college administrators than the increases in full-time professors or students. This illustrates a good reason to distrust government and publicly funded organizations. To paraphrase Milton Friedman, government organizations like public schools replace progress and greater efficiency with stagnation and higher costs, and generally substitute uniform mediocrity for the variety essential for that experimentation which can bring tomorrow’s laggards above today’s mean and lead to greater organizational efficiency.
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What is kinda comical is when my wifes union threatens to go on strike/wants a new contract, the teachers always complain about the administration building with the marble floors and some such, but once their contract get renewed and they get what they want there's not a peep. I guess that's human nature, but the teachers know there's bloat, but when there's no crisis they protect their own. Something bad is going to have to happen, and my guess, judging from Stockton California and Illinois pension obligations in general, is it will happen in the next ten years unless Milton Friedman runs for president (and Illinois Governor) and wins in 2016, and he's really in no condition to do so, although i'd prefer him over Obama.
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