Captain Renault: “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”
Croupier: “Your winnings, sir.”
In the first two parts of this series, I have shown that our government is in the process of controlling the United States citizenry through economic means (taxes and rampant spending), unfettered interference (mind-numbing laws & regulations), and an increasing reliance upon government for daily needs by the population (Welfare, healthcare insurance, and other subsidies). And government, via the political class, is hell-bent on keeping their power over the People.
One of the ways that government has been keeping control over the population has been in the field of education. “Common Core” is only the latest of education schemes designed to inhibit learning and increase dependence upon government to “help.” I seem to remember in my earlier years the “new math” craze where the right answer didn’t matter as long as the method was correct (which is utter BS, by the way – if the method is correct, you will arrive at the correct answer).
I was taught to read using phonics. My son was encouraged to use the whole word method (i.e., word memorization). I will tell you right now, trying to memorize a dictionary is impossible unless you are a savant. To this day, he has difficulty reading even after tutoring in phonics – his Asperger’s Syndrome inhibits his “unlearning” a faulty method.
Which is why we appear to have 50 million functional illiterate people…
There have been several news articles in recent weeks concerning Common Core, especially math. The following graphic is a perfect example why this learning methodology isn’t worth the paper it’s written on:
A parent’s letter to “Jack” – Priceless!!
I’m pleased to see my home state of Indiana has rejected Common Core lock, stock, and barrel. More states and school districts are following suit.
One of the things that irritated me beyond belief with the school system is that they constantly teach how to pass a test, usually leading up to the SAT or ACT standardized tests for admittance to colleges and universities. It frosted me to see kids doing well on these tests, getting accepted to colleges and universities, but having to take remedial classes just so they would have a half a chance to make it through the first semester.
And the above is in addition to the “let’s make everyone feel special” movement to supposedly boost self-esteem. Let me tell you – when my son got out of high-school, expected to walk into a business expecting to get a job, and was promptly rejected multiple times, he found out very quickly that the world is not a fair place by any stretch of the imagination. He found out what the schools were saying was wrong and his old man was right – self-esteem is earned and learned, not given out like candy and bogus grades.
President Carter created the Department of Education in 1979 ”to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.” In my humble opinion, the opposite is true – other countries are surpassing the United States despite more money being funneled into the education system (NPR report here). We are not even in the top 20 of developed nations.
So here’s where we are now at: Children and young adults are graduating from high school and college without a firm grasp upon the basics of reading, writing, arithmetic, and critical thinking skills. The result is that we now have a undereducated population, otherwise known as the low-information voter who is easier to be manipulated because they have not learned these basics.
“Education is not merely neglected in many of our schools today, but is replaced to a great extent by ideological indoctrination.” – Thomas Sowell
“If the education of our kids comes from radio, television, newspapers – if that’s where they get most of their knowledge from, and not from the schools, then the powers that be are definitely in charge, because they own all those outlets.” – Maynard James Keenan
It’s not a big stretch to hear Fred Sanford telling the country, “You big dummy!” and it be true. The ship of public education in this country is sinking fast, and the public is jumping ship to private and charter schools – at least those that can afford it. For those that cannot, they will be subjected to an expensive, sub-standard education mandated by faceless bureaucrats at the State & Federal levels.
Pity, for no one knows what potential is lost by the under education of children…and the resulting increased control of those same children as adults.