So I spent far too long talking to some people tonight that I had neglected far too long. A good long discussion with Revolution2010, who’s current mad schedule robs us of her keen intelligent insight on this blog. And another with a good friend from school who I had missed for the last week or two. But that left me with very little time. As I write this it is already almost 4:00am. I was going to write an article tonight discussing economics, because there was some good discussion about it yesterday and I wanted to continue it. But I found that I didn’t have time to do the research I wanted to do in order to do that article. Therefore, that article will be tomorrow night’s post, and it should be good! So I have fallen back on an old article that I wrote in December. We had far fewer readers then (I think I got about 15 comments on that article. We got over 400 yesterday on open mic!). And I think that this is a good discussion that we need to re-hash and discuss. There should be far more insight into the topic now than there was then, so I look forward to that because it is a topic that I hold near and dear to my heart….
Public education. The school systems today are failing. And we are seeing that despite this fact, states that are struggling see this as one of the first areas to cut. California made public education one of the first areas they eliminated some funding for. It seems that providing welfare to illegal immigrants is more important than providing a decent education for our children. The federal programs that are supposed to make America’s schools better are doing anything but making them better. “No Child Left Behind” is a Joke.
As far as how our students are ranking against the world after going through the public education system in the “greatest country on earth”, the results are dismal. In OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment 2003, 15 year olds ranked 24th of 38 in mathematics, 19th of 38 in science, 12th of 38 in reading, and 26th of 38 in problem solving. In the 2006 assessment, the U.S. ranked 35th out of 57 in mathematics and 29th out of 57 in science. Reading scores could not be reported due to printing errors in the instructions of the U.S. test booklets. U.S. scores were far behind those of most other developed nations. I got this information HERE .
To say that I am disappointed with the public school systems in America would be an understatement. That isn’t to say that there aren’t any good schools out there, but let’s be honest with each other shall we? I mean I think we have all started to get to know one another pretty well here and I wouldn’t say this to just anyone, the public school system in America is broken. Here are some of the issues that we are seeing today:
Inner city schools and low income schools don’t get the supplies or the funds to operate the same as other schools. And there doesn’t seem to be any way to get the level of education offered in the schools raised. When my wife and I were looking at schools it was amazing the disparity that exists within a single school district. Ask any parent and they can tell you what local schools are good and which ones are not. And there is no incentive to really improve.
School curriculum is ridiculous. There is no art or music in half the schools. They rarely teach budgeting or manners or civics the way they used to. Some ultra-liberal schools think 6 year olds need to learn about same sex partnerships or how to use a condom. 80% of the country is of the Christian faith but they aren’t allowed to mention the word “God”.
And I don’t want to take a partisan twist here, but I am going to, because what fun would it be to not do so? 🙂 The ultra liberal movement in this country has invaded the system. They are so concerned about not hurting someone’s feelings that they have removed any meaningful part of school out. There are no “losers” at anything. No mention of religion (or for that matter a religious child cannot even pray silently to themselves). They are forcing the liberal agenda down the throats of children in order to indoctrinate them into the cause early. We have discussed this fact extensively on this site. The state of our country is what it is because of a highly liberal (statist) public education system that ruins our children’s concept of liberty and common sense.
Parents have exactly ZERO say in what their child learns anymore. If a parent doesn’t like the school curriculum, tough. “The government knows better what is right for our children than we do as parents.” Bullshit. And I do believe that this is on purpose. It drives a wedge between parents and children so that parents will not have a say and the state will be the ones to shape children into what the state believes children should be. What better way to ensure that you mold a child into government’s way of thinking than to remove the only people who really do care about that child, the parents, from the equation.
The Democrats claim to be the party of education. A false claim (because they certainly don’t support any education programs that offer a choice like charter schools and voucher programs), but backed up by the fact that they are willing to throw more money at the failing public education system than Republicans. Despite the billions of dollars of increase in spending on public education every single year, scores in math, science, and reading have remained flat or gone down. The same liberal elites that so vehemently oppose charter schools, voucher programs and private schools, certainly do their level best to ensure that THEIR children don’t attend a public school.
There is so much more than what I have already said, but I will leave it for the comments. I will instead offer what I think the solution is: PRIVATIZATION.
That’s right schools get privatized and paid for through tuition. No school taxes. Parents pay to send their child to school. The Constitution does not give the right to public education for a reason. The free market will raise the level of education and solve the problems that we see in schools. A few examples:
Attention and Dropout Rates- Privatized schools set their own curriculum meaning that parents send their children to the school that is best for the child. If a child is a math whiz they go to a school that does that well. If they love music they go to a school that does that well. You get the drift. Kids stay interested because they are studying what they care about.
Quality of Education- Nothing says increased quality like healthy competition. Will a school let a horrible teacher teach if they know that parents have the choice to not send their child there anymore? I think not. The competition for students will cause every school to continually raise the level of education they provide. They will do so because no parent wants anything less than the best education for their child. In the history of our public education system, we have never allowed the natural forces, such as competition, to work to increase the level of education.
Instead, we hear all this useless rhetoric of equal outcomes from the left and decide that every child should leave the education system on equal ground. Even if that means that everyone leaves reading at a 5th grade level. That is certainly better than having some poor child come out of school and realize that those wicked smaht kids who actually studied are better prepared to succeed in the world. Lord knows, we can’t have anyone leave high school with a better opportunity than anyone else. Otherwise we are obviously favoring the rich white kids and dooming the rest to failure. Because the chance that someone of color can excel without government’s assistance is nil.
There are other things that this idea solves, but again we will leave room for the comments. I know this is not the only idea out there so lets discuss them all. What ideas do you have that will improve the education system today? What are the obstacles to the current system? Why is our system not working? As parents what do you want to see happen? If it has to do with education then let’s talk about it here. I know there are a ton of parents reading my blog that have been silent thus far. This is your chance to help figure out a solution so it is time to speak up.