-=-It is a jobs program because it is a failure of imagination that any other way to educate or babysit children is possible. -=-
I think it's a jobs program because the government made it mandatory, which guarantees jobs, and there continue to be add-on programs and expenses and expansions, providing more jobs for more specialists and consultants and lawyers and bookeepers. :-)
The teacher's union in California employees two attorneys full time. (Or there were two ten years ago, anyway). I know this because one of them was one of my best friends in college. :-) And the union isn't even "the school."
The connections just keep going out and out...
I think the complaint about math being taught too much is that at least in American schools, each days seems to have math, language (reading/writing), science, history. All the time.