Government is Destroying EducationSubmitted by dwalters on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 14:43
From The Logical Perspective:
As a person that has spent his entire life in the education system (through graduate school), I have seen first hand the effects of government involvement. Like in many other situations, good intentions on the part of government haven't resulted in favorable consequences. Increased governmental interference is destroying education in America.
To illustrate, I will focus on higher education. The first step of the destructive process is the ever increasing levels of public money used in "making education more available to the masses" - the original good intention. Accordingly, the result has been for the populations of colleges and universities to explode. At first sight, this seems good. After all, the purpose of the bloated expenditures was to increase the number of people holding degrees.
As school populations burgeon, there is a direct effect on the quality of the education. Professors find themselves attempting to teach very large and ever growing classes. Beyond a certain point, the assignment of homework (for those who would like to do so) becomes meaningless due to the fact that it becomes impractical to grade, and without grading, students don't take it seriously. In addition, tests move increasingly towards a pure multiple choice format which is exceedingly difficult to design in such a way to provoke critical thinking; students begin relying on rote memorization to pass them. Naturally, the entire curriculum is quickly memory dumped. As classes grow, students learn less. To correct this element of the problem, institutions must hire more professors to decrease the student to teacher ratio, but this inevitably strains budgets and leads to increased tuition costs.