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

tdixon Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 11:09 AM
excellent points. The differentiated instruction lauded today as necessary is a standard of the homeschool environment. Its also in the multi-age classroom. It's when you lump ever kid of the same age in a class and force them to study the exact same thing, even expect them to develop at a steady "average" rate, that you do them a disservice. Studies show that almost no kids develop at a straight line rate (eg. the average rate). Thus, every kid being held to the "average" standard is basically underserved. No surprise we fail to adequately engage students in 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...