Visualizing America's Education

Tyler Durden's picture

Education plays a fundamental role in American Society. This ultimate infographic from provides the ultimate visualization of what all you tax dollars ($602.6bn on elementary and secondary education) and student loan debt (57.6mm people over 25 have at least a Bachelor's degree) has created - for instance: only 7% of <34-year-olds had gone to college in 1970, as opposed to 18.9% currently!


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[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

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lolmao500's picture

Throw more money at it, it ought to solve the problem!

Or better yet, put all the kids on drugs! Legal drugs of course... since they are alright... you know, because they are legal!

Like this fellow...

Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School

“I don’t have a whole lot of choice,” said Dr. Anderson, a pediatrician for many poor families in Cherokee County, north of Atlanta. “We’ve decided as a society that it’s too expensive to modify the kid’s environment. So we have to modify the kid.”

And to those who support this crap... yeah it'll be alright... as long as the kids are on these drugs... forever. If they ever quit, they won't be able to... and will either go crazy or on other drugs... like meth and the likes.

SnobGobbler's picture

whoa, who the fuck reads the nytimes? plenty of legit  sites are  free and have NO fluffy hard-hitting crap journalism; seriously who in this day and age can't see public education is a big-fat joke.  may as well be a lion killing a christian, just keep that shit to yourself.

old naughty's picture

Who cares about how many graduates?

How many have jobs !!!

Watauga's picture

Why wouldn't an 18-25 year old go to college?  If his family makes less than $75K, he likely will get massive amounts of taxpayer support for 4+ years.  He can enjoy life while not working.  If he flunks out, his grants do not have to be repaid because they are grants, not loans.  If he gets through, it appears from the charts anyway, that he will improve his chances of making money in the future.  It would be insane not to go. 

That said, the whole scam is used to buy votes, period.  It sickens me that the taxpayer is footing the bill for every kid out there, and not just his own.  It is just another big-time scam for politicians, lenders, and takers to benefit at the expense of those who work.

Ryuukai's picture

"public education"!?

The student debt is all from PRIVATE education.

krispkritter's picture

I find it distasteful that I have to support Public Education when I abhor it. Complete scam.

kekekekekekeke's picture

I'm a public high school teacher and if I ever have kids you better believe they're going to be homeschooled


I'm going to raise my kids just like Eric Bana did in Hanna

nufio's picture

fuck this shit...the gender charts are misleading.... graduation statistics by degrees & sex :

this is the reason why median salaries of women are lower.. because they are all talking up gender studies.. while 90% of engineering is male.

most bachelors and masters degrees are worth shit and should not be considered as anything more than hobbies. yet statistics combines their numbers.

Maxter's picture

I couldn't agree more about the masters degrees.

old naughty's picture

What, masters increased more than bachelor's 170% (almost 200%)?

But we made a bigger mess than 40 years ago, no?

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

Dude, way too much work bro, and I have to cook lunch? Where is my free lunch if they stay home? I work in education as well, and I think home schooling, charter schools, and open sourced courseware are the future. I also think the workweek should be 4 and not 5 days to save energy.

Watauga's picture

"I find it distasteful that I have to support Public Education when I abhor it. Complete scam." --KK

How can there be a single negative vote on KK's comment?  Seriously, what is there not to agree with?

malalingua's picture

"Only a FOOL would let his enemy teach his children" Malcom X

nmewn's picture

Surely a few trillion more in "debt ïnvestment" can cure all of this ;-)

krispkritter's picture

Surely! Bail out all those absurd Edumacation pensions and a raise for Big Bird! I mean $315k is cheap when you consider that the Chinese only have Pandas and everyone knows Pandas can't talk!

nmewn's picture

315k...I knew it was up there for Caroll Spinney (aka Big Bird). What does one say about "fighting for Big Bird" now?

Billions of dollars in sales...yet the taxpayer must support its vehicle for those sales.

The contortions of financial logic is torture these days ;-)

SnobGobbler's picture

in astra zeneca we trust (your sarcasm roll..)!!

Raynja's picture

i love how each category is change from 1970 to 2010, except cost

zorba THE GREEK's picture

What the f$%# are they teaching kids in school these days.

When I was in the 6th grade, I had a better grasp of math

and English skills than most teachers have today. It's time

to make teachers accountable for their students education.

If the kids fail the standardize testing, the teachers should

get the boot.

The Grip's picture

Shut the fuck up and go eat some more olives. 

It's the parenting, genius. [And I'm in business, not education.]

Ignatius's picture

See if your opinion shifts after a weekend with John Taylor Gatto:

And yes, ultimately it is the parent's responsibility.

Totentänzerlied's picture

"ultimately it is the parent's responsibility"

Hmm, you don't say.

Ignatius's picture

That said, once one realizes that the system of universal, compulsory schooling was set up for the purpose of creating our modern consumer economy -- consumers, not citizens -- things start to fall into place.

What's the only other common usage of the word 'school'?  Right, fish.  One fin moves this way and a thousand other fish move together. One of several primary purposes of 'schooling' is to create a common reaction to authority.

The current system, culture and environment is constantly sending out signals that attempt (successfully) to undermine the notion of simple parental authority and responsibility.  You certainly don't think that of current corporate culture came about 'naturally', do you?


Ignatius's picture

Simple test. Sit and think of your personal reference frames; the first time as a child you became aware of something -- like horses, for example.  Was it TV?  Endless examples of 'the first time I heard of______', etc..

Well, not so long ago it was just Mother, Father, Brother, Uncle, Neighbor, Mentor and direct experience, etc.. 

The point being that parents are up against a lot of competing 'authorities' than we ever were before.

samsara's picture

plus, a WIDE array of visual and mind absorbing devices. The attention span I believe is vastly different than it was.

How much time does a kid have just to reflect/daydream or lie on their backs and watch the clouds...

Over stimulation I believe is having a profound effect down the road.

nmewn's picture

Plus a million young minds on Gatto...and growing ;-)

A Nanny Moose's picture

Parents aren't the ones teaching kids the Pedge of Fucking Allegiance, that Lincoln "ended slavery", and that FD-FucKing-R ended TGD 1.0....for 8 hours a day X 12 fucking years.

kekekekekekeke's picture

Fuck that.  That's like firing dentists based on how many cavities their patients have.  Way too many other factors rather than quality of instruction.

I'm a great teacher and my kids bomb standardized tests. It's because they don't speak English 


edit: ALL my students are ELLs. And they have autism (undiagnosed because they are ELL) and they are teenage mothers and they are dirt poor and work as a dishwasher every day from 4-10

A Nanny Moose's picture

Perhaps Doc should have educated his students on proper oral hygeine?

The single most important element is 8hrs/day X 12 years X Content. Pewblik Skewls are there to train loyal servants who won't run from gun fire.


kekekekekekeke's picture

so stupid I don't even know where begin


how about what teacher has the same kid for 8 hours

Vlad Tepid's picture

I know exactly what you mean,keke.  Blaming teachers for kids failing standardized tests is like blaming Russian soliders for poor performance vs the Kaiser.  The will was there but their efforts to succeed were constantly being countermanded by the higher-up (who in the case of public education WANT the kids to fail and be drones, whereas most teachers DON'T want that outcome for their kids.

People who are not in education do not understand that teachers are REQUIRED by law to teach to the NCLB and state MANDATED standards and the standardized tests do not match with the state mandated standards.  Imagine being force to teach, say, the Revolution and the Civil War in your classroom, when the test only covers WWI and beyond.  you've "wasted" half the year and now are being held accountable by know-nothings on ZH, who get pissed off at the public school system instead of doing the ONLY sensible thing and A) paying chunks top send their kid to a private school or B) manning up and teaching their child themself at home.  

I will say this a million times until everyone gets it:  Public school is for SLAVES.  Public school is tanatamount to child abuse.  Any parent who is either A) concerned about their kid's well-being or B) concerned about their kid's future will steer them as far from PS as possible.

Captain Kink's picture

I am actually pretty impressed with the curriculum my 3rd grade son brings home as homework. We are in NYC and he is at PS40.  The kid is a math whiz and seems to be flourishing.  I suspect it has a lot to do with where in the nation one attends school.  it looks as though the spending per pupil varies tremendously across the country. Even within the city, from school to school it varies a lot.  Thus the move to charter schools and vouchers.

CoolBeans's picture

It also has to do with the quality of parents.

Good job!

HardAssets's picture

American mandatory public  'schooling' has been doing what it is designed to do since the 1890s (and before). It manufactures obedient workers with no imagination, creativity, initiative, curiosity, or critical thinking skills. This is quite a task - - as human children are naturally very curious about the world and want to explore it and learn.

Public schooling, with their 50 minute 'classes' on unrelated and irrelevant subjects - all controlled by the sounding of a bell, is very similiar to training rats to run through a maze. Former NYC and NY state teacher of the year - - John Taylor Gatto has done considerable research and writing on this topic. As has Charlotte Iserbyt, who was a high level official working in the Dept of Education.

The rat maze training for the masses, is quite different than that given the offspring of the 'elites' - as found in private prep schools. - - Some brighter members of the serf class get a higher education - - but it is usually restricted to very narrow technical vocational training such as doctors, scientists, etc.   They are slightly more educated rats.

samsara's picture

Exactamundo. I think recently the intent morphed a little. I think it now serves as base conditioning to getting accustomed to TSA like treatment going into/out of school. Getting used to Police with dogs randomly searching their belongings etc.

VERY strong mass conditioning to random searches and scans, etc. From elementary on up. Everyday, over and over constant conditioning. Don't question authority. Do what you are told, give me your papers, bend and spread'em .

BUT as you perfectly pointed out, the elite children go thru a completely different experience and conditioning. They are groomed for a different task. They are conditioned all the way up to take over control, Just like daddy.

Arthur Borges's picture

I've taught in China, France and Sweden and my take is that their public education systems work the same way: manufacture standard products that will function as interchangeable human parts in the societal machinery. Yes too, the elites have better options for their kids, to which you have to add the input from parental education, life experience and personal connections.

In particular, I remember one woman who ran job-retraining courses at a government high school in France. In her second year on the job, she brought in this one team of trainers who gave personal development courses to one class of adults being trained as personal assistants. Well, she had to fire this team at the end of the course because, by then, the trainees had developed enough self-confidence to demand far better jobs than P.A.

Urban Redneck's picture

The "elite's" program also consists of 50 minute 'classes' on unrelated and irrelevant subjects - all controlled by the sounding of a bell.

But with $35,000-$50,000 per student per year invested by parents in the process, there is a bit more demanded of both the teachers and students, and the kid whose parents dont care, and is just there for a piece if paper is just as dumb as his public school counterpart.


samsara's picture

It's not the teachers as much as the school boards, admins, and state/fed policies. Teachers are way down the chain of what's wrong...

Ask David Rockefeller, he thinks it has achieved exactly what he wanted the products to be....

Nobody is awake, intentionally.

HardAssets's picture

I actually havent personally met a teacher in a public school who was aware of the wider agenda under which they worked. Many were looking for job security, vacation time, medical coverage & pension. Some really liked kids. None wanted to look deeper into the history & nature of public schooling.

vegas's picture

Amerikans are credentialed, not educated. You got a degree and don't know shit. It's all about identity and ethnic politics now, with the properly credentialed entitled ones planning the next 5 year plan for the rest of us. The old America is dead; long live centrally planned Amerika.

RiverRoad's picture

So now one more way in which we have become just like Europe....we have a huge population of over-educated and unemployed young people. 

Harbanger's picture

Have you spoken to any public school kids lately?  At a cost of 15k per student they've been over indoctrinated and under educated by a leftist, politically correct school system.

CoolBeans's picture

One of the many reasons why we homeschool and I'm a former school board member.  It was during that time I saw what really goes on and the lengths of which administration and some board members will go to withhold unfortunate testing info, etc. from the public.

RiverRoad's picture

I'm a former chairman of a board of education and you nailed that one CoolBeans.

HardAssets's picture

My nephew (just graduated) and niece attended a high school that is highly ranked in our state. The boy was a B student, the girl an A student. I was appalled at the quality of their ability to concentrate, writing skills, and critical thinking skills. And this is from 'good students' in a 'good school' !  (I'd hate to see what bad students from bad schools turn out.) - - Of course, the high school campus has many beautiful buildings on which millions of taxpayer dollars were spent. They have quite the athletic and extracirricular activities programs too. They produce clueless graduates who cannot think critically - other than that, theyve had a fine 'education'.

samsara's picture

Yes, and the vast majority of those overeducated kids still listen to CNNNBCFAUX news and don't have the critical thinking skills enough to know they are being lied to by the 5-9 Corporately owned media giants, and still think they have rights to a trial......

awakening's picture

Australia is no different either in my experience; I learned more about the world (especially economics) through the internet and my own persuits (which eventually lead me to ZH) than I did in my entire period of exposure to public education, by the end of which I was most pleased to see the end of it. I'm no genius, but certainly had much more potential than I have now, that in another world not manipulated to the whims of a few may have been better realised (and many, many others also that are too blind to see this humbling truth applies to them equally, if only my mention of that is to show this is not all about me in any interpretation of this post).

That comment elsewhere on this ZH article, about students being rats lead through a maze to the ringing of a bell, certainly rings true also IMO.

Before I forget; I too was fed the 'world is your oyster' line and my reply to this has not changed with age: "bulls***".

kito's picture

tyler, can you put up a graph showing the decline in u.s. educational rankings over the past decades juxtaposed with one showing the spending increase???..............something i can pass along to all of the fools who insist the populace should be funding the u.s. dept of education.............