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

Joe296 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 8:48 AM
Schools in other countries do not need these type programs because they seperate the kids that create the need for these type programs from those that don't need them and focus on those that don't need them. These programs in our educational system are designed for those kids who are tested and placed into technical/vocational programs in other countries. The main fear in our system is that some poor kid who might qualify for an academic program is placed in the technical/vocational program because he/she doesn't do well on standardized tests, or, that he/she might not have gotten a good night's sleep before taking the test.

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...