The state of education in the United States is absolutely pathetic. A school diploma is a worthless piece of paper that signifies the “student” managed to occasionally show up for 12 years. Actually learning things isn’t on the agenda of “public educators.”
Putting your children public school is child abuse. If you doubt that, read on.
University professor Duke Pesta has been giving quizzes to his incoming students for the past decade or so. His goal was to find out what they knew about basic facts of American history and Western culture. You might want to get an adult beverage before continuing.
On one hot topic, slavery, students were shockingly ignorant. Keep in mind that these are top high school students, they’ve been admitted to the University. Pesta found, “Most of my students could not tell me anything meaningful about slavery outside of America. They are convinced that slavery was an American problem that more or less ended with the Civil War, and they are very fuzzy about the history of slavery prior to the Colonial era. Their entire education about slavery was confined to America.”
Pesta has taught at a number of universities ranging from small liberal arts campuses to large research institutions. He’s given his quiz to incoming students at each of the universities.
“They came to college without the basic rudiments of American history or Western culture and their reading level was pretty low.”
The questions on the quiz focused on American history, economics, and Western culture. Students were asked to define “capitalism” and “socialism” in one sentence each. They were asked to name three slaveholding countries over the last 2,000 years, and to circle which of three historical figures had been president of the United States.
Our second president, Thomas Jefferson, was connected to slavery by 29 out of 32 students on one quiz. Only three could identify him as having been president of the United States.
The problem starts with the curriculum used in middle and high schools. It has an overwhelmingly negative view of American history and students have been politicized by the curriculum and by their teachers.
“They cannot tell you many historical facts or relate anything meaningful about historical biographies, but they are, however, stridently vocal about the corrupt nature of the Republic, about the wickedness of the founding fathers, and about the evils of free markets.”
At the college level Social Justice Warriors rule the day. Even reading the great books of Western culture is considered on most university campuses to be a form of “cultural imperialism and indoctrination.” Western Civilization as a curriculum is only taught on a small handful of campuses. You won’t find it at an Ivy League school or at Stanford University. You won’t find it in the course requirements of your state universities either. It’s been replaced by gender studies.
The far left has taken over “education” across the board in the U.S. Common Core, thanks in large part to Barack Obama’s Department of Education, rules the day in K-12 public schools. The people who put together the Common Core standards are far left ideologues who focus on socialist agenda.
We are long past time to abolish the Department of Education. Another good start would be to abolish every “School of Education” and every university in the country. You don’t need a degree in “education” to be a teacher. The standard should be a degree in a real subject like math science or history, followed by a handful of courses on classroom management.
Education establishment has effectively destroyed generations of “high school graduates” who have a piece of paper but can’t read the words on it. The Chicago Teachers Union is very proud of the fact that last year just over 60% of the students who started high school graduated. There also proud of the fact that they graduated, on average, with a sixth-grade reading ability. The standard for teachers unions in New York is that basically, high school graduates should be able to read the back of a can of soup.
These are the people who make, on average, about $90,000 a year to “teach” kids in public school.
Pitchforks and torches anyone?
Sign up to get alerts from Joe!