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Two Decades of Mediocrity - America's public schools: Still risky after all these years
Wall Street ^ | May 5, 2003 | DU PONT

Posted on 05/05/2003 9:21:01 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen

Edited on 04/23/2004 12:05:32 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

The educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a nation and a people. . . . If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. As it stands, we have allowed this to happen to ourselves."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: atriskstudents; education; nea; school; unions

Here are links to various education threads (also containing numerous helpful links)


A couple of clues [re: why our education system is failing]
Source:; Published: May 1, 2003; Author: Thomas Sowell

Source: NY POST; Published: April 28, 2003; Author: Carl Campanile

Report: Uh, it's like student writing is bad
Source: CNN; Published: April 25, 2003; Author: AP

Demoralized Teachers, Unruly Students, Bureaucracy Top Concerns About Schools
Source: AP Breaking; Published : April 23, 2003; Author: Siobhan McDonough

Red Pencils, Low Marks - How the diversity industry dumbs down American education
Source: WSJ Opinion; Published: April 22, 2003; Author: Gary Rosen

Left High and Dry
Source:Lew Rockwell; Published: April 21, 2003; Author: Linda Schrock

Teaching Tomorrow's Teachers: Instructor To The Trustafarian Class
Source: Toogood Reports; Published: April 11, 2003; Author:| Bernard Chapin

How Not to Teach Math
Source: City Journal; Published: 7 March 2003; Author: Matthew Clavel

Government Schools Have U.S. On The Fast Track To Third-World Status
Source: Toogood Reports; Published: March 6, 2003; Author: Bob Ellis

Sodom and Gomorrah University
Source: Published: February 19, 2003; Author: Michelle Malkin

The Union That Killed Education
Source:; Published: February. 17, 2003; Author: Paul Craig Roberts

Walter E. Williams: Inferior Education of Black Americans; Published: February 05, 2003; Author: Walter E. Williams

Union Fraud Underscores Need for School Vouchers
Source:; Published: February 05, 2003; Author: Linda Chavez

Time for public schools to throw in the towel?
Source:; Published: January 27, 2003; Author: Dr. Laura Schlessinger

My Classroom From Hell
Source: The Wall Street Journal; Published: January 24, 2003; Author: Joshua Kaplowitz

Can more money make schools better?
Source:; Published: January 21, 2003; Author: Phyllis Schlafly

Are public schools constitutional?
Source: NewsWithViews; Published: JANUARY 20, 2003; Auythor: Lynn M. Stuter

The intellectual rape of Oakland's schools
Source:; Published: January 17, 2003; Author: David Horowitz

Hip-hop hogwash in the schools (Michelle Malkin)
Source:; Published: January 15, 2003; Author: Michelle Malkin

Dumbed Down and Dumber Still
Source: The American Prowler; Published: January 15, 2003; Author: By George Neumayr

Washington's education establishment
Source:; Published: January 8, 2003; Author:Walter Williams

NEA Hastens Death of American Education
Source: INSIGHT magazine; Published: January 6, 2003; Author: Ralph de Toledano

White Teachers Fleeing Black Schools
Source: Newsmax; Published:January 1, 2003; Author: Chad Roedemeier

Fiddling whilst Rome burns
Source:; Published: December 26, 2002; Author: Walter Williams

Government School Monopolies Leave Children Behind
Source: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty; Published: December 4, 2002; Author: Clint Green

The silence of the lambs: McMillan blasts bureaucrats for destroying public education
Source:; Published: August 15, 2002; Author: Craige McMillan

Taking Charge: Let's Stop Aiding and Abetting Academicians' Folly
Source: HOME EDUCATION magazine; Published: July-August 2002; Author: Larry and Susan Kaseman

’Open Directory’ --Society/Issues/Education/Education_Reform

Deconstructing Public Education
Source:; Published: July 26, 2002; Author: Diane Alden

Specious Science In Our Schools
Source: Toogood Reports; Published: July 9, 2002; Author: Alan Caruba

SYMPOSIUM Q: Is the National Education Association Being Fair to Its Religious Objectors?
Source: INSIGHT magazine; Published: June 10, 2002; Authors NO: Stefan Gleason ////\\\\ YES: Bob Chase

Public Sector Subverting Productive Industry
Source: Toogood Reports; Published: May 16, 2002; Author: Henry Pelifian

History of America's Education Part 2: Noah Webster and Early America
Source: Sierra Times; Published: March 27, 2002; Author: April Shenandoah

How Communist is Public Education?
Source:; Published:March 22, 2002; Author: Chuck Morse

History of America's Education Part 1: Johnny is in trouble
Source: Sierra Times; Published: March 20, 2002; Author: April Shenandoah

Audit rips Georgia schools' curriculum
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Published: March 11, 2002; Author:JAMES SALZER

Why schools fail: Samuel Blumenfeld warns Bush's education legislation is ineffective
Source:; Published: March 2, 2002; Author: Samuel Blumenfeld

Public School Isn't Like I Remember It
Source: Too Good Reports; Published: February 28, 2002; Author: Phyllis Schlafly

What Is Lacking In Our Educational System
Source: Too Good Reports; Published: February 28, 2002; Author: Ben Cerruti

The charade of education reform
Source:; Published: February 2, 2002; Author: Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld

American public schools: Working just as designed
Source:; Published: January 21, 2002; Author: Vox Day

High Schools Fail Thanks To Grade Inflation And Social Promotion
Source: Toogood Reports; Published: December 5, 2001; Author: Vin Suprynowicz

Source: Accuracy in Media; Published: December 4, 2001; Author: Reed Irvine and Cliff Kincaid

The Failing Teacher and the Teachers' Code of Silence
Source:; Published: December 3, 2001; Author: Glenn Sacks

Time for outrage! Linda Bowles reports latest results in America's public schools
Source:; Published: November 27, 2001; Author: Linda Bowles

Illiterate in Boston: Samuel Blumenfeld explains U.S.'s ongoing reading problem
Source:; Published: July 20, 2001; Author: Samuel Blumenfeld

NEA - Let our children go!
Source: WorldNet Daily; Published: June 23. 2001; Author: Linda Harvey

Source: Accuracy In Media; Published: June 5, 2001; Author: Cliff Kincaid

Why Do Schools Play Games With Students' Minds ?
Source: The Detroit News; Published: April 1, 2001; Author: Thomas Sowell

The Public School Nightmare: Why fix a system designed to destroy individual thought?
Source:; Author: John Taylor Gatto

Dumbing down teachers
Source:; Published: February 21, 2001; Author: John Leo

Free Republic links to education related articles (thread#8)
Source: Free Republic; Published: 3-20-2001; Author: Various

Are children deliberately 'dumbed down' in school? {YES!!!}
Source: World Net Daily; Published: May 13, 2001; Author: Geoff Metcalf {Interview}

Could they really have done it on purpose?
Source: THE LIBERTARIAN; Published: 07/28/2000; Author: Vin Suprynowicz

New Book Explores America's Education Catastrophe
Source: Christian Citizen USA; Published: April 2000; Author: William H. Wild

Deliberately dumbing us down (Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt's, "The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America"
Source:; Published: December 2,1999; Author: Samuel L. Blumenfeld

Deconstructing the Western Mind: Gramscian-Marxist Subversion of Faith and Education
Source: www.petersnet; Published: Winter 1997; Author: Frank Morriss

Littleton Crisis to Government Control

The UN Plan for Your Mental Health

Lexington Institute

NonPartisan Action For a Better Redding

Quality of Education Commentary, Opinion, and Book Reviews

1 posted on 05/05/2003 9:21:02 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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To: Stand Watch Listen
educational reform bump
2 posted on 05/05/2003 9:25:23 AM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: Stand Watch Listen
no no no!!!

Its very plain that notwithstanding the trillions of $$$ shovelled into that black hole called 'public education' that its not about education at all.

Firstly its about the liberal govt control over your kids so that they can brainwash any conservative judeo-christian values outta them and transform them into mindless non-thinking bodies that can only digest the 10 seconds sound-bites from NPR/CNN/MSNBC/AOL/TIMEWARNER/NEWSWEAK etc media and therefore have the mindless masses accept their liberal agandas.

Secondly, its to fatten up the pockets of the teachers union NEA and their cronies.

3 posted on 05/05/2003 9:31:46 AM PDT by prophetic
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To: Stand Watch Listen
Eighty seven percent of a child's time is spent at home, and thirteen percent is spent in school. Church represents one percent inserted amongst the two. Guess what has greater influence on a child's value and moral character - HOME. School plays a role in advocating values, but a strong home and parent can negate those values. Asian Americans immigrants live in cities, and most attend public schools who advocate liberal values. When these kids go home they are re-educated to traditional values by their parents. Many grow up, have a good work, and educational ethos, and above all maintain a conservative family oriented value system. Many problems can be blamed on public education, but parents or the lack of parenting plays a major part.
4 posted on 05/05/2003 9:47:51 AM PDT by Fee
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To: Fee
What you say may be true as far as it goes, but it distracts from an important point. Government schools are harmful to students and to society. Perhaps they are not the most harmful element -- perhaps dysfuntional families win that prize. But the fact remains that schools ought to have a net beneficial effect on students and society. Government schools cause damage.
5 posted on 05/05/2003 9:56:38 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: TxBec; EdReform; 2Jedismom; Teacher317; Carry_Okie
6 posted on 05/05/2003 11:55:53 AM PDT by madfly (
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To: Van Jenerette
...for class
7 posted on 05/05/2003 1:57:38 PM PDT by Van Jenerette (Our Republic...If We Can Keep It!)
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To: Stand Watch Listen
8 posted on 05/05/2003 2:15:13 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Stand Watch Listen
The fundamental fallacy, both in the lead article and in the philosophy dominating public education today, is that the problem must be addressed through basic systematic changes. In fact, the problem but reflects the educational aptitudes and motivation of the students, who are subjected to the system. A major factor in the fall of public education has been the Welfare State, which has increased the birth rate among those with low academic aptitudes, while reducing the birth rate among the middle and affluent classes.

On the other hand, while a good teacher can, in fact, increase the motivational level of the student; he can only do so by addressing each student as an individual. The macro schemes can waste a lot of money; they will never have more than a trivial effect on the problem.

The best course would be to get education back to a neighborhood concern, supportive of the immediate needs of the families in a neighborhood, where the rapport between student and teacher would be the priority. A student motivated to learn can learn in a one room shack, with access to a good neighborhood library. A student with neither good aptitudes nor motivation, is not going to learn if you send him to school in a palace, seated on velvet cushions and surrounded by the most modern educational aids.

William Flax Return Of The Gods Web Site

9 posted on 05/05/2003 3:40:38 PM PDT by Ohioan
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