I guess this is trying to say we should spend more on education?
I just want to see the total spent, so here it is…
2.3 million (2011) incarcerated at all levels = $75,900,000,000 That’s tens of billions btw.
64 million (2006) in grade school/middle school/high school = $531,200,000,000/year This is hundreds of billions. Recent figures show we are actually spending more than $805 Billion/year.
Now for my thoughts.
First off, I think we do spend enough per kid when it comes to education. But we are ranked 37th on education spending they say… 37th when it comes to % of GDP. We destroy everyone else on the planet when it comes to education funding.
We have to focus on the pedagogy(science/art of education(how we teach kids)) not the money. Only in America is making $40K/year (some more/some less based on experience*) not enough. Now I’m not saying we need to go back to the days where kids were getting hit all the time, but some teachers have let off the throttle so to say. You gotta put in a good days work, and you have to hold the kids accountable. Of course this is just based on averages, and some school districts are terrible. I’m just speaking across the board.
Secondly, I think we need to lesson drug related offenses and treat them as a health issue and not as a crime. Well, as long as you didn’t commit some felony crime while on the drugs. It’s always gonna cost money to incarcerate, but hopefully we’ll be able to incarcerate less in the future!
Prison/education data from above as well as the Fed.
*Salary data from my own school district via the state of Missouri government. In said school district only 44% of my teachers had a masters. So, I will concede that we at least need to focus on getting our teachers more schooling. If we do up the amount we put into education we need some of it, or all of it to go into more education for the teachers(kind of goes back to my point on focusing on Pedagogy).
Here are some more states that will really show you how it’s not the money. From the USC.
Think about it people.
(Source: nmmns, via geneticflaws)