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Why Stephen Colbert's Inaccurate Assessment of Education is no Laughing Matter

Milt37 Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 3:18 PM
This whole "modern" school thing amazes me. How is 14.57 students/teacher considered ideal? First of all, is that 0.57 student not getting a full education? Or does he have to spend 0.43 of his time in some other teacher's class? Okay, bad joke... But when I was going through primary and secondary education in public school, circa 1961-1974, my average class size (ignoring Kidnergarten) was between 25-30 students. No one was up in arms back then. That was the norm, and teachers were expected to do that work. Even though most of my junior high and high school was in the Los Angeles School District, I still received a quality education. But, that was before the unions completely took over.
I like Stephen Colbert. His brand of humor is very funny, and he reminds us how important it is to sometimes laugh at our politicians.

But unfortunately, many Americans get their news from satire television and accept comedy as fact. Last week, Colbert had a segment that focused on the dismal academic results of the government education system.

His solution – albeit humorous – was to increase the number of kids who use various medications to cope with their challenges. He went on to say, in a tongue-in-cheek manner, that drugs are cheaper than increasing funding for government...