Competition: No Panacea for Public Education (II)

In the first blog of this multi-part series, data was presented that should lead one to question the belief that competition is the cure-all for public education.

Competition has been in place for decades in Texas’s four-year institutions of  higher education … long enough to establish a data base from which to judge its results.

Data

There are Texas institutions of higher education that have 4-year undergraduate, full-time student graduation rates of 3.2%, 3.9%, 11.4% 13.0%, 14.2%, and 14.3%. The highest rate is 52.1%. The lowest 10-year graduation rate is 21.3%; the highest is 87.6%.

Conclusion

Are the results of the competition-based education system presented in this blog acceptable? If not, might not it be best to invest time and energy into an education system that is already steeped in competition (higher education) and perfect it before it is applied to K-12 public education?

At the least, the data suggest that competition is not a panacea for public education.

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