JOHN STOSSSEL: Failure of American schools to improve not just about money
Why haven’t American schools improved? The education establishment says, “We don’t have enough money!” But American schools spend more per student than other countries. Spending tripled during Coulson’s lifetime and class sizes dropped. But test scores stay flat.And America isn't yet ready to break up the education monopoly.
“Schools adopted all sorts of new technologies, from projectors to personal computers to ‘smart’ whiteboards,” says Coulson. “None of these inventions improved outcomes … (E)ducational quality has been stuck in the era of disco and leisure suits for 40 years, while the rest of the world has passed it by.”
The main reason for that is that most schools are controlled by government. Government is a monopoly, and monopolies resist change.