Good article from JUSTFACTS about the toxic hypocrisy of the Left/Liberal/Swine regarding the DeVos matter.
As usual, those dedicated, hard working public servants aren't producing much for what we pay them.
From the linked article above...
I won't disagree with the numbers on how far behind US students have fallen, but I question how much more of the problem is the disintegration of the family than the system itself. If it was parsed out I'll wager that children that come from homes with engaged parents of any ethnicity or economic strata still do well in school. It's about the parents.
Johnw, I think you are correct. Throwing more money at our flagging system however, will not correct anything. I think Charter Schools and open school choice are tremendous steps to getting kids into good schools.
Even if you blame the results on the disintegration of the family, the questions remains, why are these grossly unprepared students graduating with the stamp of approval of the education empire (a high school diploma)?
Do they have Union Made labels?
@Mainelion: Word problems were difficult for many students even when I was in school 30+ years ago. Even on the Math Team (which I was), there were number wizards who were completely stymied by a simple word problem.
It's going to take a complete revamp to get achievement back up to even 1980s standards...
Thst doesn't explain why a significant portion of college bound students just aren't ready after the taxpayers spend upwards of $130,000 each on their education.
Don't they have to know how to read before they can cypher a word problem.....?
Yes, reading is fundamental. But these are progressives, not fundamentalists.
So.... riddle me this - how is it the vastly far more Left Wing governments of Europe are so far ahead of us....
Europe is much more urban, and thus socially interdependent. Social programs work better in these environments, which explains why liberalism is concentrated in urban areas in America. In rural areas, people have to be self-sufficient so social programs work poorly - if they work at all.
This is why indoctrination is required to sell socialism in much of America. And every minute spent on indoctrination is a minute not spent on education. Add to this that it's easier to deceive the ignorant, and you've got the motives of the so-called "educators" in a nutshell.
When I was in college in the 60's my English Lit professor complained about the fact a very large number of freshmen were so poorly educated in subject that they had to take remedial high school level courses before they could get into her class. This has been a long standing problem in America for over half a century.