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

Earl29 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 4:46 PM
Delta, you have hit on one of my obsessions, Not teaching penmanship is a crime against elegance. Every time I see a child holding a pen or pencil, I cringe. No one can hold a writing instrument that way and write well. Printing is all they can do.
Earl29 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 4:59 PM
But you were given a chance, as was I. I'm afraid the outcome for me wasn't that great either, but some people write beautifully.
rightmostofthetime Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 4:51 PM
I held my pen and pencil correctly and was taught penmanship throughout elementary school. No one, including me at times, can read my cursive. I print, and people can read that. I would be HAPPY if all students could print legibly, but they can't. All they can do is text with their thumbs and produce internet-style gibberish.

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...