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WalletHub: Ranking “Best”/”Worst,” and Valuing Education on the Cheap

on August 13, 2016

“Return on investment”? Return on investment???
Really? That’s what we should be looking at?
Schools are not, and should never be, judged on “return on investment,” the way for-profit companies are.
Schools should be judged on how the kids are doing by wide measures, and I don’t mean how they are doing by state and nationally mandated tests that only measure how students who have been drilled on these tests are doing.
Do the schools teach critical thinking skills? Do they offer art, music, PE for the students? Do they teach science and social studies?
Or are they all about the standardized test scores and the “return on investment”?
And while we’re at it, what are the various governmental entities, local, state, and national, doing to relieve poverty, which is the biggest problem when addressing why children are not doing well in school. Oh, and also, they should also be addressing the English language learners and the special education students, as well.


WalletHub is an organization that has taken to rating and ranking many issues, including those related to education.

One of its postings that has received some press of late is this August 01, 2016, piece, entitled, “2016’s States with the Best and Worst School Systems.

Let me note right off that I do not like WalletHub’s reports because the reporting is superficial, and WalletHub does not link to detailed, professional-quality reports. Instead, WalletHub produces research snippets that make for easy headlines, and those who wish for anything resembling a professionally-researched report are out of luck.

In its 2016 “best and worst” states, WalletHub somehow decided, for example, that completion of an AP exam was worth twice as much as the high school grad rate for low-income students. Moreover, it does not clarify if the grad rate is a four-year cohort rate. Also, it gives points for something called “bookworm ranking”…

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One response to “WalletHub: Ranking “Best”/”Worst,” and Valuing Education on the Cheap

  1. Number VI says:

    Hey, I’ve got an idea: as long as these A**holes insist on thinking this way, how about we start measuring our politicians on “return on investment”? After all, that’s what the Koch brothers do…

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