Dear Wisconsin Republican lawmakers: You've cut state spending on public secondary education, technical colleges and the university system. In D.C., your national party colleagues have worked to continue making college tuition loans expensive for students. Meanwhile, Gov. Scott Walker, who used to be on board with Common Core, now is railing against the nation's educational standards initiative, because liberty, or more likely politics. So, sir and lady lawmakers, besides the indefensible, outrageous trend seen in the above chart (click once or perhaps twice to make it bigger and appear on its own page), here are a few more statistics that may be instructive, from Harper's Magazine Index:
Percentage of U.S. children under the age of fifteen who expect their parents to pay for most or all of college: 53
Percentage of U.S. parents who plan to do so: 29
Average number of hours per week U.S. public-school teachers are required to work to receive base pay: 38
Average number they actually work: 52
These trends are not a satisfactory response to China and other industrialized countries that right now are eating our technological lunch.