Is education as an expense or an investment? When does spending, even for a good cause, yield too little of a return to be worth it?
By H. Michael Hartoonian, Richard D. Van Scotter, and William E. White
Recent events in Jefferson County, Denver, Colorado, underscore a misunderstanding Americans generally hold regarding the U.S. history curriculum. What’s happening in Colorado and in other states, such as Texas and Florida, highlights an essential question. Is American history a patriotic celebration? Or is American history a story that empowers students to become engaged citizens of our 21st century nation? The good news is that the confrontation puts history and civics in its rightful position at the center of the school curriculum. There is no subject more important to the future of the United States.
Nearly 2 million children are home schooled in the United States, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And their numbers are increasing at a much faster rate than the population of public schools. Parents offer many reasons for educating young people at home, from concerns about safety or instructional quality to the desire to offer religious instruction.
Still, homeschoolers account for only about 4% of students. It would be easy to forget that compulsory education, the requirement that all children attend school for some minimum number of years, is less than a century old in some states….
Can studying history make engineers and scientists smarter? Retired chairman and chief executive officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation and former under secretary of the Army Norm Augustine says yes.