ERIC Number: ED364472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Education and Vicious Circles in Mississippi. Social Research Report Series 93-1.
The importance of education for prosperity is beyond dispute. A nation or a state whose people are educated and industrious will prosper. Such social forces as the rise of private schooling, disenchantment with public education, and the aging of the population drain public education of its support. If educational quality has a cost, the willingness to pay for education is a measure of the commitment to quality. Mississippi is near the bottom of the nation in teacher pay and spending per student. Such statistics mean the state will find it difficult to keep its most capable citizens, to attract the best qualified to move there, and to attract industries that require well qualified workers. Mississippi's agrarianism hindered economic progress and the development of new industries while its plantation economy left a legacy of low educational attainment and high infant mortality. Iowa, a state with a somewhat similar agriculturally based economy, performs better overall in education and spends much more on teacher salaries and higher education. Meaningful growth will not occur in the absence of an educated population. States and nations that fail to invest in education do so at their own risk. (SG)
Descriptors: Economic Development, Educational Finance, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Public Education, Social Attitudes, Teacher Salaries
Social Science Research Center, P.O. Box 5287, Mississippi State, MS 39762.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State. Social Science Research Center.; Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Jackson.