Friday, September 24, 2010

The Politicians Assure That America Gets The School System It Deserves...

America's Schools...Failures? On The Contrary, Grasshopper...

Public schools aren't the failures they're castigated for being; they are misunderstood successes. True, they don't teach very much English, math, or history but that's a secondary job. Young kids are regularly suspended for drawing pictures of guns, wearing T-shirts with guns on them, possessing empty ammo casings, or anything else suggestive of an armed citizenry. That's primary, and the public schools are good at it. The students maybe can't multiply or read, but they all know guns are bad, just as they know how to do sex and sell green theory to their parents. They are turning out well-trained future voters favoring the current leftish pieties who will obediently support Progressive government and who will not ask too many questions.

Education is a low priority because teaching folks to think produces independent individuals who are troublesome to govern and become more difficult as government goes beyond a minimum. Much better just to provide basic tools to run the de-industrialized economy while building in the needed equality, groupthink, and conformity. Government wants sheep to herd, not educated, independent cats and government funds (with our taxes), and it operates the public schools. That's why neither Republicans nor Democrats have done anything about the schools, regardless of the fusses made. That is why the Republican and the Democrat running for Governor of New Mexico both oppose vouchers that would let parents select their schools, providing unwanted competition further opposed by the teachers' unions.
Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley, himself a Democrat, panned the Obamacrats' new Race To The Top law, advertised to fix the schools from Washington. It seems to sweep Bush's testing back under the rug as a favor to the teachers' unions. The status remains quo, as it has since "Progressive" education came into the public schools in the early 1930s. Meanwhile, the juggernaut rolls on, crushing true education with mind-molding; the posturing politicians pay off the schools while everybody involved makes sure nothing important changes. Those who supply both the money and the politicians who maintain the system are the only possible source of change, but no change is in sight. Like the weather, everybody complains, but nobody does anything. We deserve our schools, and we deserve the voters they are producing. "

So then; do the schools that spend the most money produce the best students?

Nope. Just the opposite, because, as we all know, that while teaching is a piece of cake, brainwashing costs plenty of money.

1 comment:

BobG said...

"And what is a good citizen? Simply one who never says, does or thinks anything that is unusual. Schools are maintained in order to bring this uniformity up to the highest possible point. A school is a hopper into which children are heaved while they are still young and tender; therein they are pressed into certain standard shapes and covered from head to heels with official rubber-stamps."
-H. L. Mencken