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History of America's Education Part1: Johnny is in trouble
The Sierra Times ^ | 2002 | April Shenandoah

Posted on 07/05/2009 6:27:45 AM PDT by my small voice

As a result of decreasing literary skills, college textbooks are being rewritten at a lower grade level so that the students can understand them. Most newspapers and magazines are written at about a sixth grade level which is now the reading level of the average American (of which I'm one). If you aren't buying this - compare the literacy level of today with early America, read the Federalist Papers, which were written for farmers and other common citizens in New York. Today's college graduates find them difficult.

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1 posted on 07/05/2009 6:27:45 AM PDT by my small voice
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To: my small voice

This is an interesting seeties that I think highlights much of what’s going on today. We are a nation of idiots. It has beenm done on purpose and we have got to find a way to reverse this and educated ur young people about what’s going on in their world! This has three part to the series. Very eye-opening.


2 posted on 07/05/2009 6:29:15 AM PDT by my small voice (A biased media is the biggest threat to our democracy)
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To: my small voice

In a lot of places America no longer has a public education system. What we have is a public day care and political indoctrination system run by and for the benefit of the teachers unions so that mommy can go to work every day without having to worry where the kids are most of the time.


3 posted on 07/05/2009 6:36:12 AM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF (California -- Ya es como Mexico)
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To: my small voice

By 2023, half of the children 18 and under will be minorities, as classified by the USG. Has anyone connected that fact with declining school performance?


4 posted on 07/05/2009 6:41:10 AM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-3X5hIFXYU


5 posted on 07/05/2009 6:44:43 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I'll miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012!)
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To: kabar

“By 2023, half of the children 18 and under will be minorities, as classified by the USG. Has anyone connected that fact with declining school performance?”

Sure they have. And you see it by the way that people move when they acquire enough money to buy into a particular school district. But it’s not something you’re ever *allowed* to say.

Immigration, poor birth rates by whites and Asians, and massive birth rates combined with a piss-poor emphasis on educaiton by the black and Hispanic community are killing our nation.

When graduating from our pathetic public education system is seen as an accomplishment and something above the norm, something is horrendously amiss.


6 posted on 07/05/2009 6:53:03 AM PDT by CaspersGh0sts
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To: my small voice

Appreciated


7 posted on 07/05/2009 6:53:19 AM PDT by Prospero (non est ad astra mollis e terris via)
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To: my small voice

Idiocracy.


8 posted on 07/05/2009 6:54:44 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Sarah Palin: Sun Tzu of Politics)
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To: my small voice

I tried to read the article but it was too hard and I gave up.

It’s no wonder the kids are dumb when the teachers and administration are also getting dumber. When I taught in an inner-city school, the principal told a story about how she and the other principals were assigned to read a certain non-fiction best-seller over the summer. She said it was too hard for them. So, they got the book on tape. She said that was also too hard to listen to.


9 posted on 07/05/2009 6:55:10 AM PDT by ReagansShinyHair
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To: InABunkerUnderSF
...a public day care and political indoctrination system run by and for the benefit of the teachers unions so that mommy can go to work every day without having to worry where the kids are most of the time.

In other words, a corral with a herd of dumb animals. And the taxpayers support it. Most of them defend it and even submit their children to it.

10 posted on 07/05/2009 6:56:18 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Get off govt assistance: homeschool your child.)
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To: my small voice
The Underground History of American Education

Written by a NY State Teacher-of-the-Year, this is the only book that really matters. And you can read it for free, on-line.

11 posted on 07/05/2009 6:59:07 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: TADSLOS

Brawndo has what plants crave.


12 posted on 07/05/2009 7:00:57 AM PDT by ReagansShinyHair
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To: InABunkerUnderSF

I agree with you. Strong discipline is clearly missing in our public schools. They state a “zero tolerance” policy, however the reality is that students are given on campus detention. Follow the money trail! Administrators don’t or won’t toss troublemakers out, and the vicious cycle begins.


13 posted on 07/05/2009 7:15:31 AM PDT by senorita
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To: Aquinasfan

Thank you for this. I will. I am going to change my tagline to make it more accurate.

This is such a concern. Hitler said “Give me the children, I will give you a nation”.

This has happened here. I just hope it’s not too late to reverse. Debt is bad....but not compared to a public made up of unthinking morons.


14 posted on 07/05/2009 7:17:40 AM PDT by my small voice (A biased media and an uneducated public is the biggest threat to our democracy)
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To: my small voice

I will offer this analysis, after having spent the last fifteen years in Europe.

We are wasting tons of money and resources...teaching kids beyond the 8th grade. You can pretty much pick out the kids who ought to be given a trade background at 14...give them a 3-year educational package and then graduate them by 17. The other group...call them the smarter kids...but actually sit there and challenge them. Toss philosophy, logic, Greek history, and business management at these kids by age 15 and 16. If they pass a general knowledge test by 17...to graduate them and push them onto college. Entice them with the entire first year of college tuition being covered by the state (but you have to attend the local college nearest your home).

The real problem with American education is that we are tossing the sports issue into the whole mess. We are allowing various punk kids with no real education to pass by high school...cheapening the entire process. The teachers and the administration folks are contributing to this by letting these guys test and “pretend” to pass well enough to graduate.

Then we come to the university problem...where more sports figures use the whole process and then they pretend to get a education...when they can barely read or understand basic logic. It’s like a minor league of basketball or football, which we’ve allowed to develop.

Finally, we’ve accepted the idea of creating huge departments in universities...where a imaginary field of knowledge has been created. Duke operates a major department now with African, and African-American studies. You’ve got various colleges who’ve turned Earth studies into some 1-star science class...and giving us a bunch of dimwits with no true science background.

I could write an entire book about how to fix this...but the truth is that the public and the school system really don’t want the fix.


15 posted on 07/05/2009 7:18:30 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice
We are wasting tons of money and resources...

The government (NEA) run education department and program are not for the purpose of teaching, kids or otherwise.

There sole purpose is to give the NEA a straw into the public's coffers, kids be damned.

16 posted on 07/05/2009 7:23:14 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a Momma Deuce)
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To: ReagansShinyHair

A few years ago in California, anyone who wanted to work as a substitute teacher could take the CBEST. This test was on multiple subjects and at the eigth grade level. I was suprised that several people I knew had to retake that test in college. Amazing!


17 posted on 07/05/2009 7:27:40 AM PDT by senorita
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To: pepsionice

Education must go back to grass roots and concentrate on the three Rs. While I agree in part to what you said...the fact is we are coddling these kids and not demanding their achievement. In the past almost 100% of early American kids were literate. I am afraid to know what it is now.

We need institutions with absolute authority...where it is a priviledge to be educated...not a right. We MUST force the train back on the tracks. The American public wants good for their kids. If not, the Demofrauds couldn’t keep raising spending in that area. The public just has no real undrstanding of how bad the education is that is being foisted on their children compared to past.


18 posted on 07/05/2009 7:28:45 AM PDT by my small voice (A biased media and an uneducated public is the biggest threat to our democracy)
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To: 2Jedismom; AAABEST; aberaussie; Aggie Mama; agrace; AliVeritas; AlmaKing; AngieGal; Antoninus; ...

ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. This can occasionally be a fairly high volume list. Articles pinged to the Another Reason to Homeschool List will be given the keyword of ARTH. (If I remember. If I forget, please feel free to add it yourself) The main Homeschool Ping List handles the homeschool-specific articles. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail metmom to let her know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.

This article is several years old but may be of interest nonetheless.

19 posted on 07/05/2009 7:30:37 AM PDT by JenB
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

Is the US Education system of the last 40 years the biggest fraud perpetrated on the public in American History?


20 posted on 07/05/2009 7:31:14 AM PDT by my small voice (A biased media and an uneducated public is the biggest threat to our democracy)
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To: my small voice

Students get a dumbed down education by design so that they will grow up to be loyal Democrat voters.


21 posted on 07/05/2009 7:31:18 AM PDT by DFG
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To: my small voice
concentrate on the three Rs

If someone learns the 3 Rs then they can teach themselves the rest of what they need. That's why they work.

Teaching a bunch of mushy junk to kids is a waste of time and brainpower and you end up with unhappy, useless children. THAT is what kills their "self-esteem." That's why the current schools are failing.

22 posted on 07/05/2009 7:33:21 AM PDT by paulycy (Liberal DOUBLE-STANDARDS are HATE crimes.)
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To: paulycy

Well said.


23 posted on 07/05/2009 7:36:16 AM PDT by my small voice (A biased media and an uneducated public is the biggest threat to our democracy)
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To: my small voice
The whole system has been dumbed down to accommodate Blacks:

What It's Like To Teach Black Students

24 posted on 07/05/2009 7:41:31 AM PDT by blam
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To: senorita

I started out in CA. I took the CBEST and was also amazed at the number of people waiting for the test to start who kept saying that they had taken the test before and really hoped they’d pass this time. The CBEST was soooo easy.

I took many other tests in CA to get my teaching license, and they were all really easy. I heard time and time again about how hard they were.


25 posted on 07/05/2009 7:42:16 AM PDT by ReagansShinyHair
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To: blam

Only because they are a large minoroty. Educated blacks realize this sham as well as whites do. They were just useful because of their political leanings and convenience.


26 posted on 07/05/2009 7:45:00 AM PDT by my small voice (A biased media and an uneducated public is the biggest threat to our democracy)
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To: my small voice

I contend that the entire concept of “public education” has no place in a free nation.


27 posted on 07/05/2009 8:02:11 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (God is great, beer is good . . . and people are crazy.)
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To: my small voice

“History of America’s Education Part1: Johnny is in trouble”

And the liberals are in charge. Coincidence? The liberal perspective is incompatible with analytical thought. Dumbing people down is necessary.


29 posted on 07/05/2009 8:36:47 AM PDT by Spok (Proud father of a Marine in the 1/1.)
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To: ReagansShinyHair

Two weeks ago, my small town’s newspaper published a short letter to the editor it had received from a local first grade teacher, who is also the president of the county association of educators. The letter had numerous spelling and grammar, including punctuation and capitalization, errors. It was basically incomprehensible as the author did not even use complete sentences.
Since it’s publication, there have been four letters of protest in the paper. Parents should be marching on the school board.


30 posted on 07/05/2009 8:40:12 AM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: my small voice

Questions about this were in a recent Zogby poll. I gave the schools a flunking score.


31 posted on 07/05/2009 3:04:24 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: Salvation

Well, nothing else is going to be solved until we really deal with this issue. It is insidious and pure evil. They are doing it purposefully.


32 posted on 07/05/2009 3:06:17 PM PDT by my small voice (A biased media and an uneducated public is the biggest threat to our democracy)
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