Episode VII – Education: In 1979, President
Jimmy Carter created the Federal Department of Education. He did it
to make the quality of education in this country better. This year,
that department will have an administrative budget of $69 billion.
That does not include the roughly $19 billion in federal dollars we
will spend on education entitlements like Pell Grants and student
The question is simple: Is American education better now than it
was in 1979? Has spending trillions of federal dollars over the
last 33 years led to America’s students consistently receiving a
superior level of education?
The answer is painfully obvious. NO! So, why are we still trying
to do what has failed for over 30 years expecting to achieve
Sorry. I’ll calm down now. I have included education in this
“Fix It” series on how to jump start two new decades of American
hegemony, growth and prosperity because, like infrastructure, a
strong education system is a prerequisite to growth and prosperity.
So then, what is the state of education in America? In order to
analyze our system, we have to break education into two… Read More