I have often been an advocate of public education on this site. I have disagreed loudly and often with my friend Joe when addressing the problems of the public education system. I don’t read a lot of Dewey or his theories, maybe I should, but I still see public education as the best way to educate the masses.
Having said that, I do believe the system is badly broken and if it’s to be fixed, we have to start now. It may already be too late.
I don’t know if any of you caught George Will’s column last week. GEORGE WILL: Education systems spewing propaganda. I’m sure most of you are familiar with George Will, he is a syndicated columnist who definitely leans to the conservative side. His column was dead on. I will provide some excerpts (as I’m not well versed on how to provide the links here), but I will provide a primary link to the column and I encourage you to read it in its entirety.
Mr. Will begins his column with:
The real vocation of some people entrusted with delivering primary and secondary education is to validate this proposition: The three R’s — formerly reading, ’riting and ’rithmetic — now are racism, reproduction and recycling.
There is truth in this statement. Yes, our schools still teach reading, “riting, and “rithmetic, however I’m not so sure the emphasis is on these core classes as much as it is on the other “three Rs”; racism, reproduction and recycling.
Wisconsin’s DPI, in collaboration with the Orwellian-named federal program VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America; the “volunteers” are paid), urged white students to wear white wristbands “as a reminder about your privilege, and as a personal commitment to explain why you wear the wristband.”
A flyer that was on the DPI website and distributed at a DPI-VISTA training class urged whites to “put a note on your mirror or computer screen as a reminder to think about privilege,” to “make a daily list of the ways privilege played out” and to conduct an “internal dialogue” asking questions such as “How do I make myself comfortable with privilege?” and “What am I doing today to undo my privilege?”
Will notes that after “criticism erupted”, the flyer was pulled from the Department of Public Instruction’s website and the DPI “posted a dishonest statement claiming that the wristbands were a hoax perpetrated by conservatives.”
In Delavan-Darien High School’s “American Diversity” curriculum, students were urged to verify white privilege by visiting a Wal-Mart toy section and counting the white and black dolls. After objections, the school district is reconsidering this curriculum.
Such distractions from the study of calculus and literature are encouraged by CREATE Wisconsin (the acronym stands for Culturally Responsive Education for All: Training and Enhancement), which is funded with federal tax dollars from IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The disability being rectified here is, presumably, the handicap of insufficient guilt — arising from false consciousness — about white privilege.
Will also notes the increase in staff in the public school systems.
The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice reports that between 1950 and 2009, while the number of K-12 students increased 96 percent, full-time equivalent school employees increased 386 percent. The number of teachers increased 252 percent, but the number of bureaucrats — including consciousness-raising sensitivity enforcers and other non-teachers — increased 702 percent.
The Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald notes that in 2011, while the University of California at San Diego was pruning academic offerings, it created a “vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion” to augment a diversity apparatus that included an assistant vice chancellor for diversity; faculty advisers, staff, graduate and undergraduate diversity coordinators and liaisons; a director of development for diversity initiatives; the Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues; the Diversity Council; the Campus Council on Climate, Culture and Inclusion; and much more.
I have been sitting on this since reading Will’s column last week, but an article published today made me decide to air my opinion.
Dad Furious After Finding This Crayon-Written Paper in Florida 4th-Grader’s
Backpack: ‘I Am Willing to Give Up Some of My Constitutional Rights…to Be Safer’
“I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more
“Harvey’s son attends Cedar Hills Elementary in Jacksonville, Fla. Back in January, a local attorney came in to teach the students about the Bill of Rights. But after the attorney left, fourth-grade teacher Cheryl Sabb dictated the sentence to part of the class and had them copy it down, he said.”
Granted, this is just one side of the story and is still being investigated, but taken at face value, the indoctrination of America’s children continues at a breakneck pace.
Finally, George Will ends his column with this statement:
Twenty-five years ago, President Reagan, paraphrasing Education Secretary William Bennett, said: “If you serve a child a rotten hamburger in America, federal, state and local agencies will investigate you, summon you, close you down, whatever. But if you provide a child with a rotten education, nothing happens, except that you’re liable to be given more money to do it with.”
I encourage you to read both of these articles. Our country is in serious trouble, as is our educational system.