Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Ignorant Americans

My coworkers and I  have touched upon the subject of education of late. We are pretty much in agreement that the American education system is now a joke, and mostly to blame is the failed policy of "No Child Left Behind." Of course, the dumbing down of America is a benefit to a certain political party. The ignorant and uniformed are easier to manipulate and control, easier to stir into a frenzy on emotional issues than the better informed, educated critical thinkers among us. Whomever thought that holding entire classrooms of students back at the lowest performers level was a great idea should first apologize to America and all those students, then be flogged and locked away in prison for at least 10 years. Thanks to this one policy in particular, the last generation can barely form complete sentences, have no clue about history of this country or any other, nor reach well thought out, researched conclusions on their own. It is a sad, sad day for America that this was allowed to happen. Sure everyone that graduates now can take test and perform at a minimum 9th grade level, but isn't graduating high school about performing at a 12th grade level or higher? This nation no longer keeps pace with the rest of the world. We no longer dominate in anything other than military spending. The ignorance is rampant and that is the way certain politicians want it. If their ideas, policies, results, etc. are never challenged then they retain the power and control. So when it comes time to vote this November, among all the other issues that carry weight on your decision, please take a moment and consider which candidate wants to improve education opportunity for everyone and wants  to improve the collective IQ of America.


Russ Manley said...

Very well said, Dave. Especially the flogging part.

You realize, don't you, that Bush's much-trumpeted NCLB Act was little more than a multi-billion dollar giveaway to the companies who manufacture all those damn tests? It wasn't about education at all. And now the results are plain to see.

Anonymous said...

Take it from someone that was born in the 50's and went to school in the early 70's. That is when it started in the south. Every Student in the City of Atlanta had to be passed if he 1 didn't miss any days of class, 2 came to class and didn't disrupt the class in any way. Then the studen regaurdless of grades and leaning had to be passed. That came with the bussing and was the start of the dumbing down of America. These kids ( all kids) should be taught to work and learn regaurdless of race, income, economics. To please the masses we have dropped the level of learning in the country and it is really a shame. Like grown ups, kids should all be treated the same and given the same chances in school. Just my oppinion.

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