Originally posted by @mchill
Forbes magazine is in no way a nest of loony Liberals, it's a publication that's respected by most in the Conservative sphere, yet even they think America spends too much on defense and too little on education. Hopefully other Conservatives will begin to consider the fact that education and science are not Liberal conspiracies.
Forbes sells magazines and their charter measures their success by volumes moved.
If Forbes was a magazine which existed solely for the pursuit of truth, it would focus on productivity with the budget and not comparison to other budgets of grossly incompetent fiduciary handling.
A metric of dollar/student is nearly non-dimemsional on account of its excessively narrow scope of consideration.
We have an absurd view of education: focus on money spent instead of bang for the buck.
The former is fixed without thought--- just give them more money--- while the true fix--- examine the curriculum and the results--- is widely ignored.
Critical thinking is the goal of real education.
We have nearly none, and it is a epic failure of our education system.