A Cato Institute study found that after a near tripling of per-student spending on public schools in real, inflation-adjusted dollars, and a more than doubling of public school employees over forty years, student achievement in both math and verbal skills actually declined.
— Thomas DiLorenzo, from The Problem with Socialism, kindle location 1806
Many Outcome-Based Education (OBE) programs emphasize not just academic performance but specific values as “outcomes” to be demonstrated before graduating to the next schooling level. Tolerance for diversity is one of the key “values outcomes” advanced in OBE programs. But when we look at what tolerance means in the postmodern world—a refusal to critique anything as either false or wrong—we recoil in horror. Our children aren’t learning a valid social value under the code-word “tolerance.” They are instead learning that no value is normative, and no truth is objective.
— Gary DeLashmutt, from The Death of Truth, Dennis McCallum, General Editor, p.109
Is not the great defect of our education today … that although we often succeed in teaching our pupils ‘subjects,’ we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think: they learn everything, except the art of learning.
— Dorothy Sayers, quoted in Fit Bodies, Fat Minds by Os Guinness, p. 135