To Educate the Next Generation, Reinvent the Classroom

Quick -- pop quiz! More education funding plus smaller class sizes equals better test scores, right? Wrong. Foreign students continue to outperform Americans on all manner of tests: literacy, math, technological knowledge, even everyday skills. That's despite the fact that the United States spends more than $15,000 a year to educate each student from kindergarten through college -- $6,000 more than the average for other economically advanced countries. U.S. schools also reduced average class sizes by over 13 percent between 2000 and 2010; classes are now smaller here than in other similarly situated countries.