Spending more is never the answer. Bill Clinton commissioned a $12 million study that came to this conclusion on how to ensure quality education:
1. Set high standards
2. Maintain discipline
3. Involve the parents.
Of course, public schools actually do is lower standards, refuse to maintain discipline, and they can’t find any parents. NO AMOUNT OF SPENDING WILL EVER OVERCOME THE BASIC STRUCTURAL FAILURE OF PUBLIC EDUCATION.
I stood up and said that this was a bad idea. I wanted kids to be able to do second grade math in their heads. It's basic arithmetic and they should have that memorized. The teacher got all condescending, told me that I didn't understand modern education and perhaps I ought to leave such things to the professionals.
Then another man stood up and said, "But that guy has a point. Calculators in the second grade just sounds stupid."
That's when the school superintendent stood up and said that we'd "spent too much time" on this topic and had to move forward with our discussion.
Involve the parents??? That's the last thing they want.