Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Crap Children Are Taught in School - Common Core and Other Disasters - Part 2


In Part 1 of this topic, I mentioned only one example of the harm modern dogmas of education cause America's students, looking at a biology exam aligned to new teaching "standards."

In the past week, as I scanned the news and commentary about education, I found story after story that points to continued failures with modern educational philosophy. Here are some scary examples that should make anyone wonder about the politics and direction of our schools.

First, here's a reversed throwback from Berkeley in the 1960s:
At the University of Hawaii, Hilo, students were prohibited from passing out copies of the US Constitution. The students passing out the Constitution were told that they were breaking the rules regarding protests. The administrator who stopped the students from exercising their 1st Amendment rights said: "This isn’t really the '60s anymore" and "people can’t really protest like that anymore." 
One student has filed a lawsuit against the university for violating the 1st Amendment. (Source)
How about this scary statistic?
The public schools in Washington, D.C., spent $29,349 per pupil in the 2010-2011 school year, according to the latest data from National Center for Education Statistics, but in 2013 fully 83 percent of the eighth graders in these schools were not "proficient" in reading and 81 percent were not "proficient" in math. (Source)
Surely, having more than eighty percent of the students in public schools the entire city of Washington D.C. who are unable to read or do math should indicates that we're not on the right track with our public education system.

By the way, the liberal dogma that more money equals better results is completely debunked here, as Washington D.C. public schools outspend on each pupil most other schools in the nation.

How about this one?
In April, Craig High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance showed "Kids React to Gay Marriage," a 16-minute video of children reacting to marriage proposals between same-sex couples and sharing their thoughts on issues like gay marriage bans or whether they would stay friends with someone who told them they were gay. (Source)
The video drew flak from parents and the district superintendent apologized for the video, saying that the video should have presented "both sides of an issue or all sides of an issue."

Note, that the superintendent didn't apologize because the video presented a political issue to indoctrinate students into gay dogma. He didn't apologize for the immoral nature of the video. He apologized because it was one-sided.

Of course, in the liberal world of education, there is only one side.

How about this educational dogma:
The administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government has agreed to work with a student group to implement a "mandatory power and privilege training" as part of its orientation, according to several reports by the group. (Source)
Yes, now anyone who goes to Harvard's Kennedy School will be forced to adopt a socialist view of class warfare. Of course the school calls it "power and privilege," but the idea is really old Marxism with a new name.

Note the use of the word "mandatory."

How about the inevitable corporate buy-in to Common Core?
Across the state of New York, this year’s Common Core English tests have reportedly featured a slew of brand-name products including iPod, Barbie, Mug Root Beer and Life Savers. For Nike, the tests even conveniently included the shoe company's ubiquitous slogan: "Just Do It." (Source)
You'd think that the anti-corporate left would abhor such blatant advertising within Common Core testing, that is unless Common Core happened to be sponsored by corporations....

And lastly, a recent poll in the US discovered that average Americans think they are smarter than average Americans. (Source) As we grow ever more ignorant as a whole, more people have higher opinions of their mental abilities. After all, in our school system, everyone's a winner, and success is built on feeling good about ourselves.

The great economist Thomas Sowell often writes about the problems of the school systems and with the liberal dogma that drives them. Wrapping up our list today consider his wisdom:
There was a time when common sense and common decency counted for something. Educators felt a responsibility to equip students with solid skills that could take them anywhere they wanted to go in later life -- enable them to become doctors, engineers or whatever they wanted to be.... 
At a time when American youngsters are consistently outperformed on international tests by youngsters in other countries, do we have the luxury of spending our children's time on things that will do absolutely nothing for them in the years ahead? Are children just playthings for adults?… 
But to squander the time of [students], for whom education is often their only hope of escaping poverty, is truly an irresponsible self-indulgence by adults who should know better, and it is one more sign of the moral bankruptcy of too many people in our schools.