In constant dollars, education spending rose from $1,214 per pupil in 1945 to nearly $10,500 in 2008, writes Reynolds, a University of Tennessee law professor who blogs as Instapundit.The obvious point is that costs shouldn't be nearly so high and public education is broken.
The cost wouldn't be so high if:
- There were no special education students, and every age sat in the same room.
- The teachers were all underpaid women who could be used as semi-slave labor.
- 70% of the students never made it past 8th grade. 30% never made it at all.
- Health insurance was a matter of trading a chicken for a doctor's visit.
- The only technology was a slate blackboard and a woodstove.
- The parents got the kids to school (or they walked).
- There were minimal sports.
- There were only four courses: Reading/Writing, Arithmetic, a bit of Science, and maybe some History.
- Auto tech and wood tech was another name for the woodshed behind Old Man Jackson's House.
- Home Ec was held in your own house.