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

KManInLaLa Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 1:16 AM
As a teacher of high school math in CA (tutoring currently because I can't manage a classroom of adolescents that I refuse to call "students", which would imply that they actually study instead of faking their way through for the grade), I am very wary of whatever comes our way from Washington--doubly so if it involves education, since the saying of "controlling the children" is so true, We should have the highest possible standards, teach them, and expect our students to learn them; however, I don't even know if that's possible anymore, since I sincerely believe that, ages being equal, we were more mature years ago, and could handle academic rigor. Nowadays, we're too much into distractions. CC won't help.

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...