The New York Times has a different take on last week's release of an educational study that indicates there is little difference in performance between public schools and private schools: All schools are failing.
Though obviously there are problems in schools, maybe the drop in educational success by our students can be at least partially attributed to some other factors:
-Cable, satellite TV, computer games, and Internet. While these things all have educational value, they are generally not used that way.
-The increasing number of children who come from families where drug abuse or physical or sexual abuse takes place.
-The ever-increasing number of broken families
-Children who are shuttled from one school to another sometimes three or four times in a single year, losing ground at each stop.
-Lack of parental involvement in their children's education. Every teacher has horror stories of dealing with parents who have no interest whatsoever in their children's school performance. Check the low turnout at parent-teacher conferences, especially at the middle school and high school levels.
Public schools have problems, no doubt about it, but any proposed solutions that ignore societal problems are doomed to fail.