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Does funding make kids smarter?

Adam Weissfeklner, 11, Anna Kabwa,12, and her brother Anselm Kabwa, 10, take a cell phone photograph in front of one of the largest flowers on earth, the Corpse flower, at left, which is about to bloom inside the Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in New York. The titan-arum, or Amorphophallus titanum, is a native of Sumatra, Indonesia. The garden says the last time one of these plants bloomed there was in 1939. When the flower opens, it releases an infamous odor during its brief 24'36-hour peak, like the smell of rotting flesh, which is the reason the plant is more popularly known as the corpse flower.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

When you look at the education rankings, Arizona doesn’t do well. We are in the bottom five in the United States consistently.

More funding doesn’t lead to better results.

Katherine Mangu-Ward, managing editor from Reason magazine, where she covers education, talked to News/Talk 92.3 Bruce St. James on Monday for their “Eyes on Education” series.

According to Mangu-Ward, money isn’t the problem.

“In many states, the unions are the problem,” said Mangu-Ward. “Unfortunately, what we have confused in this country in particular is doing right by teachers or letting those unions have control over the education process.”

Mangu-Ward also asked the question about when is better to have kids watch lectures online rather than hire a mediocre or worse teacher and stick that person in front of students.

Maybe technology will help our way out of this problem.

If money was the only problem, our kids would be twice as smart as they were 30 years ago, but they’re not. And we’re spending twice as much money.

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