To The Daily Sun,
One hundred years of the liberal-progressive push to control our education is bearing fruit, rotten fruit. Common Core, the latest government intrusion into our children's education, has already become overripe and smells really bad. More parents and teachers are sifting through the bureaucratic language known as "corespeak" and have begun to understand that it is more about promoting "leftist" values than teaching the necessary information and skills that will allow them to succeed in an increasingly competitive and global world.
And now comes the Department of Education (please make it go away) and the Department of Justice, leaning on public schools to decline punishment for black students who display disruptive class behavior (racial quota limits for punishment - Sowell). Democrats want to ask questions and probe these students to find out why they are being disrespectful to teachers, including assaults on faculty. Of course, the implied if not announced narrative, is that the schools are either being too strict on these students or they are displaying "institutional racism". In the meantime, less and less learning will take place in the classroom.
Playing the favorite liberal games of "blaming authority figures" and "throwing down the race card" before having the facts (see Ferguson, Missouri) is the ideological and political-way liberal progressives choose to deal with serious, societal concerns. Portraying blacks as the victims and liberals as the rescuers is great for Democrats. But for black minorities, not so much (see Jason L. Riley's new book: "Please Stop Helping Us"). For whatever reason, they are loathe to address the real issues, which are the breakdown of the family unit and lack of school choice. It couldn't be the goal of preserving that cherished Democrat voting block could it? Boys with no fathers in the home are more likely to engage in bad behavior, numerous studies have shown. Common sense tell us that letting a child get away with bad behavior is an invitation to more anti-social behaviors later on.
Is it any wonder that the teacher turnover rate is so high? Check out the MetLife survey, Forbes.com report, a failed teacher story in Edutopia and Rita Kramer's book, "Ed School Follies", and you will find much of the teacher dissatisfaction is due to school principals and superintendents not giving them the support they need to survive in the "blackboard jungle".
Charlotte Iserbyt's book, "The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America", describes how the education establishment is deliberately seeking mediocre results. Edutopia reports that "every year U.S. schools hire more than 200,000 teachers for the first day of class and by summer, 22,000 have quit". Apparently, the money train pushes the educational establishment's "gravy train". As long as they have to educate many thousands of new teachers each year who will need books, classrooms and lots of instruction, then unending taxpayer funds will continue to flow, regardless of the negative outcomes for students.
Yet far too many teachers believe it is the educational establishment that has their back rather than parents and the community. Along with giving short-shrift to the importance of teaching the literary classics, it seems the "Stockholm Syndrome" concept is also not a part of the teacher's learning curve.
Bruce Deitrick Price believes, "the last thing the Education Establishment would want is a stable core of highly professional, experienced teachers".
Ben Shapiro notes, "the achievement gap will never be closed, so long as school districts across the country punish good students, reward bad ones and let political correctness trump educational necessity". The arrogance and paternalism that began with John Dewey and others continues to thrive (can you say Karl Marx?). The "teach less so no one suffers from low self-esteem" paradigm is progressing swimmingly well while our children drown in a scandalous ocean of academic fraud and failing scholastic achievement. After all, isn't education merely a conduit for more liberal, progressive, social schemes (hello Common Core)?
The GOP has a marvelous opportunity to overhaul an increasingly dysfunctional, educational system fueled by the progressive, government-controlled-learning establishment. Otherwise, teachers will continue to take it on the chin and our children will suffer from decreasing reading, writing, math, computing and comprehension skills and have a more difficult time being successful in the adult working environment. Yes Republicans, keep those big boy (and girl) pants on. You know, the ones you just put on to jump start our economy.
A hat tip to: Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, Michael Savage, Roger Hedgecock, Ben Shapiro and Bruce Deitrick Price for much of the content in this letter.
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