Here's a fine example of why so many don't trust government to use our tax dollars wisely:
The Citizen quotes Ron Marx, an education professor:
Joanne Jacobs, whose blog this comes from, writes:
Viewpoint notes that some of the best mathematics students in our schools are immigrant or first generation Asians who can barely speak English. Asian children are consistently accomplished in math. I don't recall there ever being any push to spend $10 million on improving their skills.
The way to improve any group's academic performance in math, or anything else, is to find ways to improve their families. The quality of a child's family life is one of the best, if not the best, predictors of academic success.
If families are dysfunctional all the money in the world isn't going to help their children very much, and if families are strong special funding isn't needed. High percentages of Asian (and Hindu) children succeed in school precisely because they come from quality families.
Since we're on the subject, here are eight things parents of any ethnic group can do to increase the chances their child will succeed in school:
Implementing these eight simple suggestions is far more effective and far cheaper than spending $10 million on programs of dubious value. Just ask the average Asian immigrant.