Government is much to large

Want a sure sign? Job one for Congress, since 1974, is to create a budget for the fiscal year that begins the first of October every year. Yet they have only met the deadline three out of the last twenty years. Why? Because government has been insidiously injected into every aspect of the economy. Often with good intentions but once the government is involved, organizations hire lobbyists. Half are working against an issue while the other half works in favor. No one ever asks whether the whole issues shouldn’t just be dropped, or that perhaps government should not even be involved. Also note that the President proposes but any surplus or deficit is solely the responsibly of Congress. Repeat this to anyone who uses terms like Reagan deficits or Clinton balanced the budget. In both cases, it was Congress who was to be blamed or credited. Congress is perfectly happy to let everyone think the fiscal health of the nation is the responsibility of the executive office.

Head Start is a good example.

“Head Start,” the flagship pre-kindergarten program introduced in 1965, has been a $166 billion failure. That’s the upshot of a sophisticated multi-year study just released by the Department of Health and Human Services.

What many government agencies, like The Department of Education, should be doing is identifying “best practices”. And it could be a much smaller organization. This is especially true in the field of education. Besides, Finland, whose students at what we call high school level, kick our butts in math and science. The Fins don’t send their children to school until the age of seven. Further, at age 9-10, US students score at average or above but by the end of the 12th grade they rank twenty second in the world. That would suggest the US problem is the middle and high school system.

Finland, a global superstar in education terms, is consistently among the top performers. But it is also at the very bottom of the league in terms of the hours spent in the classroom.

Finnish pupils start formal education at seven and then enjoy 11-week summer holidays – and they end up with the highest educational standards in Europe.

Poland, a rapid-climber in international education league tables and overtaking England at reading skills, is also another country where pupils do not start until the age of seven.

Above from the BBC.

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