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Nation At Greater Risk
Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 8, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline

Posted on 02/08/2011 10:53:41 AM PST by Academiadotorg

The national decline in education standards is starting to affect national security. “Almost a quarter of young people who tried to join the military between 2004-2009 did not pass the entrance exam, according to a study released last month,” according to a story which appeared in The Education Reporter in January. “The dismal pass rate is causing concern among military leaders about national security.”

“The 23% military exam failure rate is even more disturbing because the exam is only given to people who meet other requirements; the Pentagon reports that 75% of 17- to 24-year olds don’t even qualify to take the exam because they have a criminal record, didn’t graduate from high school, or are physically unfit. (About one-fourth are obese, making them medically ineligible.) Additionally, a passing score isn’t even particularly demanding — applicants only need to score 31 out of 99 on the first portion of the three-hour test to enter the Army, though recruits for the Marines, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard need somewhat higher scores.”

Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia.

If you would like to comment on this article, e-mail mal.kline@academia.org


TOPICS: Education; Government; History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: armedforces; nationaldefense

1 posted on 02/08/2011 10:53:43 AM PST by Academiadotorg
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To: Academiadotorg
Homeschooling is the way of the future. Time to stop the Dept of Education's great celebration of mediocrity.
2 posted on 02/08/2011 11:01:54 AM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: Academiadotorg
How many more indictments of the public education system in America are needed before things change?
Congress surely knows how poorly the education system works and yet we continue unabated down the slope with a millstone around our necks while they do nothing to stop the descent.
You would think they would want a good system for their own kids. (Oh, yeah...private schools. Never mind.)
One can only come to the conclusion that our political leaders want stupid, uninformed Citizens.
3 posted on 02/08/2011 11:18:06 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Academiadotorg

Oh come on now, we all KNOW what the solution will be. Who’s going to be the first to say it??


4 posted on 02/08/2011 11:32:22 AM PST by 556x45
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To: 556x45

we all KNOW what the solution will be.
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Yes, we all know what the suggested solution **will** be: more money and more power for the Marxist teachers’ unions.

Yes, we all know what the solution **should** be: Complete privatization of K-12 education and complete separation of school and state.


5 posted on 02/08/2011 12:00:13 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid!)
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To: nolongerademocrat

Homeschooling is the way of the future. Time to stop the Dept of Education’s great celebration of mediocrity.”

You are absolutely correct, sir (or madam, as the case may be.)

We are totally responsible for our children’s present and future. Entrusting them to Marxist college of education survivors is not the way to be responsible.

I know a few good teachers who do their best despite all the odds against them. They are really sweating out the cuts in “education” in our state of Washington. I’m trying to recruit them into my planned all boy’s Christian school that will heavily favor trades and hometown survival.

Wish us both luck.


6 posted on 02/08/2011 1:23:23 PM PST by doxteve
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To: doxteve

Godspeed!


7 posted on 02/08/2011 3:09:07 PM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: wintertime

OK, Ill give you the point on that b/c you’re right. I was thinking along the lines of changing the test (ie dumbing it down) so all can pass. Wouldn;t want to hurt anyones delicate self-esteem.


8 posted on 02/09/2011 7:06:13 AM PST by 556x45
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