Had you clicked the link I provided in the post, you would have had your answer. The author believes that Federal educational spending has been a failure. He's an idiot because he believes that the purpose of the spending was to improve education. Anyone truly familiar with the system knows that, while it might have been pitched that way, the purpose was not to improve student performance. Quite the contrary.
If you go to the link in the post, it goes to a book, published by Reagan's former Undersecretary of Education. Its title is:
the deliberate dumbing down of america,
"deliberate," as in, 'intentional.' The author was obviously in a position with access to the documents detailing the history and purpose of US educational policy. Her book is meticulously footnoted and sourced and has circulated among conservatives for over a decade.
The author is posing as an authority, yet he clearly has not read it. So, I think that's enough explanation as to why I think he's an idiot, because he believes that the purpose of the spending was to improve performance, Iserbyt's book standing as proof to the contrary.
In fact, the system has been fabulously successful at mass-producing the stupid drones we see leaving American schools today. In fact, the Chinese are studying the system for what should by now be obvious reasons. After all, the Department of Education is staffed with hordes of psychologists and other professionals well versed in proven methods of human conditioning. In fact, the most pivotal book on teacher education today was written by famed behaviorist B. F. Skinner, Beyond Freedom and Dignity. It's a rather pointed title, isn't it? Skinner's purpose was the usual elitist drivel about protecting the planet from the the lust for resources on the part of the American middle class.
Seeing as Iserbyt's book is posted online in its entirety for free at the link I provided you, understanding and incorporating those details is up to you. I don't post links to sources lightly, because I am busy writing books and articles. In fact, I just completed an article proposing a means to transform American education, so if you think I am an idiot, you can go read it and throw tomatoes at me.
Once upon a time, FReepers took posted links seriously, especially when the content was challenging or from a poster with a well-established reputation. There was also a time on FR when most of the posters were familiar with Charlotte Thompson Iserbyt's book (as well as John Taylor Gatto's book to the same effect). Of course, once upon a time, the vast majority of FReepers read a lot of books (and I'm not talking about you Kaslin). Sadly, those days are quite apparently long gone.