The K-12 Education Implosion Question
Glenn Reynolds has a new Broadside, this one about the collapse of K-12 education. But here is the question. Conservatives often point out, correctly, that while the amount of money spent on education, even controlling for inflation, has skyrocketed over the years (for example, just on the federal level education spending is up 140% over the last decade), the results aren't there to justify that money. But, conservatives also lament the breakdown of the family. One of the results that follows from family breakdown is a decrease in educational performance. So isn't the fact that our educational performance is flat (as measured by SAT and NAEP scores, for example) over the last few decades actually a perverse triumph? Given the explosion of illegitimacy, just holding serve should be a great victory, correct?
Can someone give some analysis? Can anyone at Ricochet even attempt to address the seeming contradiction in these conservative talking points? I am trying to improve my own thinking on this subject.