Science Ability Down in U.S. High Schools
The budget at the high school I just finished graduating from is rather telling: last year there was a ~$6 million capital campaign to enlarge the arts wing and upgrade the stadium. Building a nice arts wing is a good thing. Things are learned. But well over $1 million went into the damned football stadium. Now we've got synthetic grass and a three story press box building. This facility gets most of its use during the fall, and that's just to watch some mediocre teenagers throw a ball around and beat each other up.
If you walk through the math/science building, there is an interesting dichotomy. The teachers that teach the smart kids are awesome, but those that teach the dumb kids, particularly in the math department, absolutely suck. Instead of dumping all that money into athletics, why not pay for academics first? Maybe we could even teach something to the jocks.