What do you think is the problem with the U.S. education system/student
Comparatively speaking, the United States does not starve its education system of revenue. The U.S. is one of the leaders in spending on Education, and yet it's schools are rated "average" by international bodies.
The three-yearly OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report, which compares the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds in 70 countries around the world, ranked the United States 14th out of 34 OECD countries for reading skills, 17th for science and a below-average 25th for mathematics.
Worse, out of 34 OECD countries, only 8 have a lower high school graduation rate. The United States' education outcomes most resemble Poland's, a nation that spends less than half on education than the U.S.
The U.S. spent an average of $10,615 per student in 2010. Some districts spent over $18,000 (D.C., NY). Obviously, we can't throw money at a problem like this.
So what is the real issue here?
Update: This post just blew up today. It's going to take me a while to read all of this.