|2apr18||How A Generation Lost Its Common Culture|
Patrick Deneen, Ph.D.
students are know-nothings. They are exceedingly nice, pleasant,
trustworthy, mostly honest, well-intentioned, and utterly decent. But
their brains are largely empty, devoid of any substantial knowledge
that might be the fruits of an education in an inheritance and a gift
of a previous generation. They are the culmination of western
civilization, a civilization that has forgotten nearly everything about
itself, and as a result, has achieved near-perfect indifference to its
|7dec17||K-12: The Schools You Deserve|
Bruce Deitrick Price
Jefferson declared: “The government you elect is the government you
deserve.” Wouldn’t the same go for a school system? If you select it,
you must deserve it. Plato said an early version of what would later be
attributed to Edmund Burke: “The penalty good men pay for indifference
to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” Albert Einstein put it
this way: “The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or
encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.” In education,
we have a startling amount of tolerating and encouraging.
|12mar16||Can Our Colleges Be Saved?|
Should There Be National College Exit Tests?
Victor Davis Hanson
public is steadily losing confidence in undergraduate education, given
that we hear constantly about how poorly educated are today's graduates
and how few well-paying jobs await them. The cost of college is a
national scandal. Collective student loan debt in America is about $1.2
trillion. Campus political correctness is now daily news. How could
higher education be held accountable and thereby be reformed?
|13sep15||History, American Democracy, and the|
AP Test Controversy
Wilfred M. McClay
chief purpose of a high school education in American history is as a
rite of civic membership, an act of inculcation and formation, a way in
which the young are introduced to the fullness of their political and
cultural inheritance as Americans, enabling them to become literate and
conversant in its many features, and to appropriate fully all that it
has to offer them, both its privileges and its burdens.
|8jun15||I'm a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me.|
student-teacher dynamic has been reenvisioned along a line that's
simultaneously consumerist and hyper-protective, giving each and every
student the ability to claim Grievous Harm in nearly any circumstance,
after any affront, and a teacher's formal ability to respond to these
claims is limited at best.
||24/7 Public Schooling Breeds
A. Dru Kristenev
time an education advocate, particularly one who is not a classroom
teacher such as Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, suggests that
taking children under the wing of government for fulltime supervision
is a good idea, hackles should rise. There is only one reason to
oversee education as a never-ending training camp: to pattern students’
thinking according to approved government standards, which means
'Why Johnny [Still] Can't Read'
The Systemic Dumbing-Down of America
In 1955, TIME
magazine published a cover story, "Why Johnny Can't Read," an early
indictment of post-war centralized government education institutions,
which were graduating students who couldn't make the grade... Arguably,
federal government diktats regulating state and local government
schools have resulted in a progressive and systemic dumbing-down of
generations of young Americans. Indeed, Johnny still can't read.
||John Dewey: Bosom Serpent of
considering modern liberal plagues, are there any worse than America’s
debased “free” education system? John Dewey, patron saint of American
education, ruined our school curriculum while adamantly rejecting
religion yet touting of secular humanism. The American education system
is built from a model designed by Dewey, one which rejected the
classics, any emphasis on rhetoric and logic, or rote memorization.
||Department of Education:
Catholic Schools Beat Public Schools
students take standardized national tests, students from some schools
outscore students from others. In the most recent round of National
Assessment of Educational Progress tests, which are administered by the
U.S. Department of Education, the winners were indeed indisputable.
Catholic schools thrashed public schools. It wasn't close.
Man" Culture of Government Schools
The notion that gender egalitarianism is
central to the education process has caused dire consequences to
Western Civilization. If proponents really sought political, social and
economic equality between the genders, one might examine their claims
with a sense of impartiality. However, the record of a feminized
construct clearly demonstrates that equivalence is not their intention.
||What's Happened to Public School
most widely used history textbook in U.S. public schools is “A People's
History of the United States”. This history textbook is a very leftwing
version of U.S. history, full of multicultural, feminist, and class-war
propaganda. It is based on the thesis that America is not a republic
but an empire controlled by a few white men.
would think with all the quasi-socialists on urban school boards,
members would be more worker friendly. In my day, socialists used to
hold scholars in contempt, while glorifying the proletariat. I never
thought I'd say this, but I miss those days.
||They Spend WHAT?
The Real Cost of Public Schools – 44%
More than Reported
Adam B. Schaeffer
public schools are usually the biggest item in state and local budgets,
spending figures provided by public school officials and reported in
the media often leave out major costs of education and thus understate
what is actually spent.
||Daddy’s not a dinosaur, Mama’s not
and Dads thought that their children were safe in class as they set out
to work each day. Little did they know that Daddy was being
portrayed as a dinosaur and Mommy a moron by a system bent on
indoctrinating rather than educating the young.
||How Teachers Are Poisoning Our
On their official web-site, the NEA is
currently promoting the radical anti-establishment doctrines of Saul
Alinsky. The NEA is actively, and openly, advocating the
overthrow of capitalism, free enterprise, and conservative (read that ,
are two great threats facing America today. One is the vast ignorance
of our history and of the way we govern ourselves, and the other is the
growing numbers of functionally illiterate Americans.
Nightmare We Call Our Schools
greatest complaint of parents with children in today's school is that
they are factories for indoctrination of values that run contrary to
their own "old-fashioned" views. It is doubtful still that parents have
any idea how bad the situation is in their local schools, even if their
children attend those in prosperous suburbs.
||Saudi in the Classroom
fundamental front in the war.
counteract the influence of Saudi money on the education of the young,
we're going to find it very difficult to win the war on terror. I only
wish I was referring to Saudi-funded madrassas in Pakistan.
Unfortunately, I'm talking about K-12 education in the United States.
Chronology of School Choice in the U.S.
choice predates American nationhood. Until the mid-19th century,
families chose from among a variety of autonomous schools and home
schooling. Gradually, tax-funded government schools displaced
independent schools leaving only the wealthy able to exercise true
choice – able to afford tuition as well as taxation. (PDF)
Education Against America
Marlin Maddoux Manuscript
Found – Published!
It is the most thorough, fully
documented inside-look at the public school system yet to be published.
Every parent in America should read this book to learn what the
government schools are actually teaching their children.
Education On A Slippery Slope - Part III
like rubber bands can be stretched too far. They are into everything in
the life of the child and neglecting the justification for their
Education On A Slippery Slope - Part II
have overwhelming evidence that American Education and parents are
flunking their assignments. Unfortunately as the floor is caving in
from the rot we are haphazardly attempting to save it by utilizing
chewing gum and Elmer’s glue.
Education On A Slippery Slope - Part I
[the teachers] decided to become unionized they inadvertently switched
from a profession to a trade. They had unwittingly become
collectivists. They transferred a once proud profession from a strong
partnership to an adversarial position with parents.
Destruction of American Education
that we could “tweak” the entire education system in America and make
it work again. The reality, however, is that the thing is broken. It
When American students are compared to
students of other countries the only category in which they come out on
top is…self-esteem. In other words, they don't know nearly as much as
they think they do.
It is no accident that in the same time
period since the 1960s as our educational system has been undermined we
have seen our society undergo ugly changes.
Suresh Venktasubramanian Can
the National Academy of Sciences released a study noting that over half
of U.S. engineering doctorates are awarded to foreign students. Where
are Smith and Jones?
It is ominous, indeed, that the widespread
use of mind-altering drugs coincides with the rash of school-related
violence seen in recent years.
Besides the well-documented
'indoctrination' that goes on in classrooms all across the country, the
PC leftists and America-haters have also taken over the content of most
textbooks used in elementary and high schools.
Failed Education 'Reforms'
school "curriculum" today is 100 percent behavior modification, not
academics. To the system, students are intended to be properly trained
The Islamic School Book Controversy
Even before 9/11 there were Americans concerned
and that its most devout followers would bring harm to America. A
reading of these textbooks should certainly make more Americans aware
that Islam is a religion that will be slow to change its ways.
Schools have U.S. on the
Fast Track to Third-World Status
have to do something radical to fix our education system in America.
I'm not the first to say it, but if a foreign enemy had done this kind
of damage to our educational system, we would be up in arms.
||The Truth About the G.I. Bill
It made the centralization of education possible
first time in American history. That in turn opened the door to the
ruinous politicization of higher education that has marked the past
The Heck Is The Alinsky Method?
Lay, or community, participation in
the decision making process, for the education of our children is an
illusion – in fact lay citizens are being squeezed out.
Science in our Schools
In science classes, in courses about
history, civics, and throughout the perverted curriculum of our
nation's schools, our children are being indoctrinated, not educated,
to hate America, its economic system, and its values.
Art and Science of Irrational Education
What is important is to recognize that the
entire educational establishment, the philosophy behind it, is coming
out of the same cesspool of thinking that gave rise to fascism and Nazi
Germany and Lenin and Stalin.
Self-Esteem in Public Education
An intelligent child, conditioned to feel
good, when there is nothing earned to feel good about, loses his
center, his integrity. His instinctive decision-making pattern and
thirst for knowledge and challenge then disconnects from reality.
"Though most states require some
history credits for certification, judging from the courses that fill
today's college catalogues, your child's fourth grade social studies
teacher is more likely to know about 19th-century lesbian writers than
Culture, Weakened Schools
If we are serious about reinvigorating
the social and cultural institutions of the West, we need to understand
the spiritual crisis that is at the heart of many of our educational
of America's Education Part3:
Universities, Textbooks and Our
"Suppose a nation in some distant
region, should take the Bible for their only law-book, and every member
should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited!… What a
Utopia; what a Paradise would this region be!" John Adams, Feb.22, 1756
of America's Education Part2:
Noah Webster & Early
Most education was done by the home or
church. This is where the ideas and character were implanted in our
founders. Such training produced one of the greatest group of men - in
thought and character - of all time.
of America's Education Part1:
Johnny is in trouble
Johnny is in trouble - not because he is playing
school, but because he is attending school. Some of the most negative
influences that young people can face today are found in public schools.
Education versus Liberty:
The Pedigree of an Idea
Public education as
we know it
grew from a desire by 18th century monarchs to mold more malleable
subjects. Pupils were not primarily supposed to learn reading, writing,
arithmetic or anything else, but were meant to become obedient citizens.
National Education System:
A $49 Billion Disaster
now have an education system in place designed to take control of
children even before they enter the school system and to insure that
everyone will have to conform to its dictates until they are in the
||Is Boston University Historian Really a "Peace
Given the record of communism in the
twentieth century, with over 100 million people liquidated, and given
Zinnīs lengthy record of support for communist causes, itīs quite clear
that when Zinn speaks of peace he can only mean the peace of the grave.
||Public Education Not Patriotic
patriotic? Support public education. That's the totally disinterested
message of Sandra Feldman, president of the American Federation of
Subversion of Education in America:
A Special Four-Part Series
By Alan Caruba
World's Most Unselfish Act
"If you don't homeschool your kids,
that's your choice. However, keep your empty-headed slurs to yourself,
shut your mouth, and put these folks on a pedestal, because they
Those of us who have long dismissed the
National Education Association as a tool of the Democratic Party have
been badly mistaken. Apparently it's just the opposite. As documents
now sealed under a judge's order indicate, it's the Democratic Party
that is the tool of the NEA.
||Why Parents and Taxpayers have No Say in
The concerned parent addressing the local
school board has no power to influence any decision, nor do the
taxpayers who must ultimately pay the costs of an educational system
everyone agrees is failing to prepare students to read, to write, to
master the basic elements of arithmetic and mathematics.
Glorious Educational System:
when the educational system becomes an extension of the traditional
family will it again become a positive cultural reflection, and return
to educating, leaving socialization to the families.
Schools are the Real Killers
fact of the matter is that most U.S. public schools today are
intellectual and moral wastelands. The result is an explosive mixture
of nihilism, narcissism, ignorance, and resentment.
have come to the present dismal state of knowledge in our nation, and
that is the real crisis that faces America — not some phony
environmental 'crisis', not some overpopulation 'crisis', not some
arsenic-in-the-water 'crisis', not some too-much-money-in-politics
the Department of Education
The federal Department of Education
operates no schools, and educates no children. Public schooling in this
country got along just fine for more than a century before the
department was created in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter.
Readers Have Gotten Worse,
U.S. Study Shows
widening gap between the best and worst fourth-grade readers
underscored the failure of a multibillion-dollar government investment
to raise the woeful performance of the nation's lowest achievers,
federal education officials said.
Schools Breed Violence
By turning schools into virtual
prisons and tools of social control, says Dr. Szasz, we've created
environments that breed boredom and frustration and are bound to drive
a small percentage to violent acts.
Declare War On
Remaining Parental Rights
presumption in America today is that our children belong to the state.
The state allows those children to remain "out on loan" to their
natural birth parents only so long as you meet all the government's
Time To Look At
How Our Teachers Are Trained
those who embrace [the radical] agenda, Western civilization is
something to be scorned rather than understood and perpetuated.
American history is taught as a sorry record of injustice and
oppression of minorities. The diversity of human thought and experience
is reduced to a set of crude variations on the theme of racial, ethnic,
class, gender and homophobic bigotry.
||The Success Side of American Education
It's generally agreed that American primary,
increasingly, undergraduate education is a failure. But that assessment
depends upon just what evaluation criteria is chosen.
||A Painful History
There is a large body of literature by
education gurus – going all the way back to John Dewey in the early
20th century – urging schools away from their traditional role as
conveyors of an intellectual heritage toward being "agents of change"
Based Education" Has Replaced Information Based Education
harsh truth about the subversion of the nationīs schools has not been a
Democrat or Republican program. It has occurred no matter who was in
office or who controlled Congress.
"Fix" That's Destroying
Education In America
and politicians must stop believing the Education Establishment's
propaganda that says teaching a child in the twenty-first century is
different and must be more high tech than in days past. It simply isn't
About 40% of
college grads take no courses in English or American literature and
nearly 31% have never taken a math course. More than 56% can't
calculate the change from $3 after buying a bowl of soup for 60 cents
and a sandwich for $1.95.
||The Great American Textbook Scandal
In the intensely lobbied
process in states like California, intellectual content takes a back
seat to salesmanship, political correctness, self-esteem for the
students and the need to dumb-down lessons so that one product can
capture a large market.
trend that bothers me is the glorification of stupidity, that it's all
right not to know anything...". — Carl Sagan
Jonny Cant Rede
are problems we can't solve, like AIDS, and problems we won't solve.
Education falls into the second category.
me see if I've got this straight, Mr. Clinton and my fellow Democrats;
You want me to go into a schoolroom full of kids, and fill their every
waking moment with a sense of being nurtured, and a love for learning.
Wonderland – Who's teaching the teachers?
workshops are misguided, or foolish, or actually dangerous, should the
ideas they present fall into the hands of teachers or administrators
naive or ignorant enough to take them seriously.
A Matter of Time
public wants and expects the "Three R’s" to be taught while the
education establishment is interested primarily in "molding" the young
minds entrusted to their care in favor of "social adjustment and
They Really Have Done it on Purpose?
public schools cannot be reformed because they're not failing. They're
succeeding beyond all expectations at precisely what they're supposed
||David and Goliath Revisited –
Will California Outlaw Homeschooling?
a battle over power and money, California officials are targeting
homeschoolers with truancy laws.
Schooling Spells Success
winner of the 2000 National Spelling Bee explains
life of a home schooled student is like.
Grade Final Exam – 1895
and passed on to me by a reader, herewith is the
8th Grade Final Exam from Salina, Kansas –
Late to Save Public Education
enterprise is going to have to take over the job of educating America's
youth. The village idiots who have been running the village for their
own aggrandizement have left no alternative.
this new Teachers Income Tax opens the floodgates of dedicated school
funding, you might as well try to block the Hoover Dam spillways with a
||Genocide In The Classroom
happened under the Nazis and Communists,
a race or class is assigned collective guilt, all protections fall away.
Rise of the American Empire
amount of reform will solve the educational and social problems of
public school since the schools were designed to create these very
||Education Reform? The Devil's in the Details
Reagan's words, "You can't control the economy without controlling the
people," Bill and Hillary Clinton have found the way to control the
economy by controlling America's schoolchildren.
Hillary Sold Out School Reform
were concerned that if they failed everyone who deserved it, they would
have to fire a politically unacceptably high ratio of the teachers.
whose job is supposedly to promote learning, actually holds that
allowing parents to set up tax-free IRAs for expenses related to
educating their children offers "little or no practical benefit"?!
You Won't Learn About in Public Schools
Constitution does not even mention the word education,
let alone empower the government in this area.
radical, social engineering schemes this side of the New Deal
||Money Isn't the Solution to Illiteracy
30 to 40 percent of urban children can't read
at all and
more than 50 percent can't read at their grade level
Government and Public Schools
Subvert Homeschooling and
and the Myth of Socialization
are the same people who give Ritalin (a very strong narcotic) and other
drugs to schoolchildren, in place of discipline."
SCHOOLS ALREADY GET SO MUCH MONEY,
DO THEY NEED MORE?
intentioned Mosaic 2000 may be, the use to which it will be put by this
administration is guaranteed to be political. And extreme.
While Americans won
share of Nobel Prizes again this year, not one of these winners was
actually born in the United States.
soft bigotry of low expectations
are finally realizing that we as a culture have failed to inculcate in
our children the standards such as respect, responsibility and caring
that are required of a virtuous people
Want Parents To Offer More
found evidence that sex education actually encourages teens to explore
Creation Of Senseless
Psychiatric Drugs, And Kids Who Kill
rise in senseless violence in America is date coincident with the
increased use of mind-altering drugs.
Abolition of Man
With such idiocy abounding, education
is ripe for revanchist rebellion.
LOTS of LINKS for further
research included with article!
schools and colleges today barely even pretend to teach America's
contributions to the cause of liberty throughout the world.
||Court Bans Bizarre Curriculum in
New York Schools
isn't the court decision that's so remarkable; it's the evidence of
what was actually going on inside the schools."
Incredible Shrinking Parent
Too many families have abdicated much of the responsibility for their
children to their government school.
Choice Could Help Alleviate Violence"
It's no coincidence that school violence is
problem of public schools.
||What College Tuition and Fees Are Paying For!
"In academic argument, I have noticed, the
always win, even though they rarely constitute a majority.
Conservatives usually don't care enough to take a strong stand against
Education in California
what do you have to do to get into your school?" they asked. "The
schools don't teach my children English."
percent of parents out there have no idea what's going on in their
schools. We know we've got a problem when they prosecute you if talk
about God anywhere near a school, but it's OK to teach students that
anal sex is an acceptable method of birth control."
Dumbing Down Of America's Colleges
"Maybe the reason why
young people can't write good English is that so few colleges teach
writing any more. In 1914, nearly all universities had required courses
in English composition; by 1964 the figure was 86 percent; today, it's
only 36 percent."
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