America has an excellent higher education system, from great community colleges to incredible State four-year universities. Yet primary and secondary school, not so much. Students have long performed poorly on tests compared with students from many industrialized countries.
The usual response to this deficiency is to throw money at the problem, but that rarely if ever works, and it is not supported by evidence. Funding per student has been rising sharply for decades, resulting in lower class size, but the results don’t seem to show much success.