Kevin links to a truly disheartening article referencing a government study which found that over 14% of U.S. adults are illiterate. I wish I could say I'm surprised, but then I remember that Detroit Michigan has a 47% literacy rate despite spending significantly more per pupil than the national average.
"about one in seven — are saddled with such low literacy skills that it would be tough for them to read anything more challenging than a children's picture book or to understand a medication's side effects listed on a pill bottle".
So we have spent nearly $100 Billion under Obama's stimulus for the Dept. of Education even though one in seven American adults cannot read and yet nothing the Dept. of Education has done in the past 31 years has increased nationwide literacy rates.
Given that basic literacy is the most obvious and simple indicator of whether a person is "educated" why are we throwing money at the Dept. of Education if they are demonstratively failing their most basic mission? If evidence shows we are getting no return on our "investment" then why continue to fund the Department of Education?