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  • fishbits - Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - link

    "Valid criticism of the US government and our relative lack of focus on education and funding R&D/innovation."

    The US goverment has tremendous focus on education, shoveling staggering amounts of money into it. The problem being, the focus is on spending the money, not on using it in ways that actually benefit the students. That's when the funds aren't being kicked back to political parties (hiya teachers' union).

    In fact, our government uses its "focus" to actively and rigorously opposes efforts to increase the performance of our education programs. School choice? Vouchers? School/teacher accountability? Objective student performance goals? Watch the government spring into action to prevent anything that improves education and threatens the corrupt system.

    Our students did a lot better decades ago when adjusted spending was far less (and there wasn't an Intel processor to be found in the schoolhouse). Want to have your tech be more a part of education (gee, what could be the motivation there?), fine, but many education woes are due to government involvement, not its absence.
  • fitten - Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - link

    12 hours (well... 12 hours and 1 minute) gone in the blink of an eye! Reply
  • SocrPlyr - Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - link

    Is it safe to assume that you are posting times in EDT not EST? Reply

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