Government School Reform: Expensive Brain Candy

Posted: February 28, 2012 in Uncategorized
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I feel I’m swimming in a pool of parasitical ignorance.

Sitting in the USDA feeding pen last week, the lunch banter at the teacher-table confirmed, yet again, the success of government skool indoctrination. “What we need is more money!”

“Really!?” I responded in my usual rabble-rousing tone. The debate went downhill from there. My opponent eventually went back to her pizza and corn-on-the-cob.

The facts aren’t important when getting paid with other peoples money depends on believing lies. Here are a series of unfortunate facts reported by Sam Blumenfeld in The New American:

One would think that after a hundred years of compulsory school attendance, this nation would have reached new heights of literacy and intelligence. But the very opposite is true. The latest SAT verbal scores for the class of 2011 are the lowest on record. Indeed, the combined reading and math scores have fallen to their lowest level since 1995. No surprise when you consider that No Child Left Behind has just about left every child in the government schools very far behind.

There is actually no better evidence documenting the dumbing-down process than the SAT scores. For example, in 1972, 2,817 students achieved a verbal score of 750 to 800, the highest possible score. In 1987 only 1,363 students achieved that score. In 1994, it was up slightly to 1,438. In other words, over a thousand smarties became dumber.

In 1972, a total of 116,630 students achieved verbal scores between 600 and 800. In 1987 only 88,000 achieved that score. In 1972, a total of 71,084 scored between 200 and 249 in the verbal test, the lowest possible score. In 1987 the number of students scoring in that lowest category had risen to 123,470. In 1994, that number had increased to 136,841.

And so the smart have been getting dumber, and the dumb have been getting even dumber. It should be noted that the total number of students who took the test in 1972 was 1,022,680; in 1987, it was 1,080,426. In , that number was down to 1,050,386, probably indicating that fewer students felt they could score well on the SAT test.

A review of the reforms, such as the new Common Core Standards, being advocated by the establishment, should convince any thinking citizen that government education is headed toward oblivion. Higher teacher pay, national certification, restructuring, more social services, more vegetables for lunch, preschool education, smaller class size, more sex ed, and other such reforms will cost the taxpayers billions of dollars but not one of them will improve academic education.

I’m asked many times why I, a government skool teacher, advocate self-education (homeschool, unschooling, de-schooling). Simple. I see first hand what is called “education” and must say, there’s no real education going on in our assembly-line factor schools. Sure there’s rote memorization of facts and lots of test-taking, thanks to No Child Left Behind, the beautiful boondoogle of the Son of Bush. Take heart. It doesn’t matter if a donkey or an elephant lives in the White House. The results will be the same. Failure.

Every tax-payer should ask if NCLB is a good investment. Many have said NO! and left the propaganda centers with children in tow. Many of my fellow tax-feeders wouldn’t dream of exposing their own children to the collectivist system called publik skools. And it’s not just conservative Christians de-schooling their young for religious reasons. The trend of homeschool/unschool is taking root in the liberal/progressive movement as well. It’s hard not to wake up and smell the failure in government skooling. It reminds me of a run-in I had with a skunk under my porch years ago. It’s a painful story for another time.

Draining the federal utter is not the solution. If it were, American government skools would be the envy of the modern world. Test scores would sour and students would know things.  Most of the two million plus homeschoolers would be lining up to register. We’d be building skools faster than we could pay for them. Oh my, we’re already doing that. Forget that part of my argument.

Bottom line. I’ve discovered from working with many principals, a principal-less, and fellow skool teachers, that reform in not possible in government skools. You can’t fix what you don’t understand.  We’re “educators”.

Until we wrap our minds around the nature of forced “education”, government skooling will continue to be a safe house for State tyranny. If…if…The monopoly only worked.

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