I feel so validated…

For years now, I’ve been saying that there appears to be almost an inverse relationship between educational funding and actual results — that the more we spend, the worse the test scores. My main evidence has been anecdotal, mainly citing the per-student expenditure of New Hampshire versus Massachusetts and other exemplars, such as New York City or Washington, DC. But I never bothered to take a very hard look at the matter.

Well, graphmeister (and Guest Wizbanger Emeritus) Will Franklin turned his keen analytical mind to that very issue recently — and found statistical proof to what I’d known intuitively.

Now, obviously, the ‘reductio ad absurdum” argument is that if we spend nothing on education, we’ll have a generation of geniuses, but I think Will’s observation should take a bit of wind out of the sails of those who think that solving the problems of education is simply a matter of throwing more and more money at it.

Thank you, Will, and welcome back to regular blogging. Your keen intellect and ability to explain complex matters in readily-grasped terms and clear charts and graphs have been sorely missed indeed.

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