Public schools in the United States are suffering not because of lack of accountability but because they are “accountable” to too many competing interest groups. The U.S. educational system is not falling behind those of Japan, France, and Germany, but is leading the way in a democratic descent toward uniform mediocrity.

James L. Payne is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Director of Lytton Research and Analysis.
EducationFederal Education PolicyPublic Schools
Other Independent Review articles by James L. Payne
Winter 2017/18 The Government Nobody Knows—nor Wants to Know
Summer 2016 Government Fails, Long Live Government! The Rise of “Failurism”
Fall 2014 The Real Case against Activist Global Warming Policy
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