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

amirvish Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 9:38 AM
Long division was taught in the 3rd grade, in the New York public schools, and we did some algebra in the 6th grade. That was in the 1973-75, when the last of the old time teachers and methods were still present. The decline in what was once an excellent public education system did not, alas, begin with President Obama. Like our other institutions, it has been under attack by the left for a long time. Interestingly, the Catholic system still uses traditional methods and gets far better results than the public system, at about half the cost per student. Many private and other religious schools do likewise, although not at half the cost.

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...