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Low confidence in public schools is warranted

Jack1890 Wrote: Jun 28, 2012 12:23 PM
Consider the absurdity of expecting to raise all students to the athletic ability of those who excel at their respective sports. Then consider that this is the goal of public education regarding academic proficiency. Before we attempted to achieve the same results from children of different capibilities, we had college level, business level and general level. With effort, (or lack therof) you could move from one level to another, but the end result was everyone rose to the highest level of which they were capable, Of course, those on the bottom level were subject to a loss of "self-esteem". So to correct that unspeakable outcome, we attempt to get everyone to the same level, we have created a mediocracy of achievement.
Louie13 Wrote: Jun 28, 2012 8:58 PM
Yep, the government schools today have been dumbed down, which is part of the problem, but not the only problem.

Perhaps it was the rash of sexual-abuse cases on the part of public school teachers discovered during the 2011-2012 school year.

Or maybe it was the poor impression of educators left by Wisconsin teachers union members in the wake of protests against Gov. Scott Walker.

Or maybe parents finally took the time to go through their children’s backpacks and found the work product that passes for learning these days.

Whatever the reason, last week the Gallup Organization revealed a poll that indicates confidence in our nation’s public schools is at an all-time low.

According to the poll...