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?
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.