…and why it doesn’t matter.
You hear it all the time. The dedicated, underpaid teacher struggling to bring the light of knowledge to the young students thirsting for knowledge.
I don’t care how dedicated or wonderful any individual teacher is, the education system produces crap. That any individual student manages to learn in spite of the system doesn’t matter. You can’t point to the successes to offset the failure.
If a serial killer saves a life for every one he kills would we let him avoid jail and give him a raise? Of course not. Education in the United States must be judged by its failure not it’s (questionable) success.
And does anyone think the US public education system is a success by any measure?
If public schools were a business they would be bankrupt and closed down. The Feds would be dragging the administrators into court for fraud and the Consumer Product Safety Commission would be demanding a recall.