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

Flubadub Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 7:12 AM
You are wrong. I learned enough algebra in parochial grade school that I was ahead of public high school teachers and when I went to trade school the math? teacher said he would just skip the algebra part because he did not understand it. So me and another guy taught the algebra part so the students would understand how to set up and solve problems. That was over 50 years ago and todays students are brighter than ever if you believe in them, encourage them and teach them. Stop the dumbing down of public schools.
anonymous18038 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 5:14 PM
I do understand Algebra. That's not the issue. Some kids can do Algebra at a young age and I applaud your skills. However, current brain science and psychology (some of which is pretty good) supports what I am saying. A noted psychologist named Piaget documented and confirmed these stages of learning, and school curriculum was tailored to what students were developmentally ready for. Everywhere Algebra was moved down, it was a disaster. We will still teach Algebra along the way, but most kids are not ready for it until 9th grade. (It takes emotional maturity, too, to pay attention and take responsibility for learning, which varies greatly in middle school but improves in high school.)

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...