Union of Dunces


George Will has a depressing column today about 45 years of federal education failure. Here's how the column (but not the policy, alas), ends:

Inflation-adjusted per-pupil spending tripled over four decades; pupil-teacher ratios were substantially reduced as the number of teachers increased 61 percent while enrollments rose about 10 percent. Yet test scores stagnated or declined.

So, what will government do now to reverse the decline that has pretty much coincided with federal intervention since 1965? Double down.

Reason on education here. Keep an eye out for a package on education policy in our forthcoming May issue. And watch Reason save Cleveland's schools below: