Just the facts, ma'am:
- Recess is being cut, nationwide
- Mean scores on standardized tests show geographical heterogeneity (see chart below)
- Mean scores from the US below mean of all OECD scores in mathematics, statistically indistinguishable from average in science, slightly above average in reading.
- Annual national income accounting shows that the US is a chronic net importer of foreign goods.
- Manufacturing employment is declining in the US, particularly as a share of all nonfarm private employment.
- Public Law PL 107-110, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has been on the books for just shy of 11 years now.
But still, education is not euvoluntary. Something must be done. Anything. Even if it means forcibly depriving children of play time. And hey, if they get all rambunctious in class as a result, fill 'em up with amphetamines, that'll quiet those rascals down.
It was probably a wise move to refrain from calling NCLB a "war on ignorance" or something similar. But the effects are similar enough to the wars on [drugs, terror, poverty, et al]: innocent consumers get swept up in the hysteria surrounding a perceived imperfection, cowed by burnished intellectuals and herded by pompous political elites. Meanwhile, cash is shoved by pitchfork into the maw of well-insulated special interests. Rah rah, Sylvan Learning Centers everywhere.