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Rotten to the Core: Obama's War on Academic Standards (Part 1)

AlsoSprachGideon Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 11:29 AM
Let's face it we have no idea how children learn so we have handled it all from experience. That was in the past. Meanwhile there was public outcry that somehow public schools were dong a bad job and besides, more importantly it was costing too much. Much of that push came from localities where people didn't want to pay enough taxes to support their schools. So a whole industry has grown up, run by people who have never taught anything to anybody, to tell us how and what to teach. and aided and abetted by colleges of "Education". These people managed to persuade politicians who they could handle the job better and at lower cost. The big thing is the money.

America's downfall doesn't begin with the "low-information voter." It starts with the no-knowledge student.

For decades, collectivist agitators in our schools have chipped away at academic excellence in the name of fairness, diversity and social justice. "Progressive" reformers denounced Western civilization requirements, the Founding Fathers and the Great Books as racist. They attacked traditional grammar classes as irrelevant in modern life. They deemed ability grouping of students (tracking) bad for self-esteem. They replaced time-tested rote techniques and standard algorithms with fuzzy math, inventive spelling and multicultural claptrap.

Under President Obama, these top-down mal-formers -- empowered by Washington education bureaucrats and backed...