Having recently received the latest issue of Imprimis from Hillsdale College, coupled with Judson Philips recent posting “The Greatest American Failure,” I am feeling compelled to offer you a short (?) list of reasons why we are in desperate need of a complete overhaul of our educational system.
Our children are grown now (our oldest is 30 and the twins are 26) and we pulled them out of the public school system at an early age due to a series of conflicts we had with the system. Little did I know that the degradation and decadence of education in this country has been going on for some time longer.
In the aforementioned issue of Imprimis, the author, Nathan Harden, cited William F. Buckley and his experiences at Yale University. Buckley graduated from Yale in 1950, two years before I was even born. In the article, Buckley argued that Yale was even then waging war upon faith, limited government and free enterprise. Harden points out that these days Yale, along with several other universities, host an annual “Sex Week,” during which porn is shown in the class room, porn stars are brought in to lecture, nudity in the classroom, examples of sadomasochism are illustrated, and on and on. It also points out that Yale has educated 3 out of the last 4 presidents (both Bushes and Clinton) and 2 of the last 3 Supreme Court justices (Sotomayor, Alito, and Thomas).
Anyway, read the above article (I highly recommend it) and here is a collection of examples (with links) of the degradation and decadence of the system and the inoculation of our children in today’s “education” system.
There is no real order to anything here, just a collection of articles about how messed up the educational system has gotten in this country.
Jack Kemp’s recent posting “Brown University’s Health Plan Will Pay for Undergrads’ Sex Change ....”
University of Minnesota (taxpayer money) Women’s Study program has workshop on how females can achieve better orgasms.
A school janitor is disciplined for defending the American flag.
In a vigorous game of tag, a 6 year old boy gets accused of sexual assault by the school.
A school accuses a 7 year old boy of sexual harassment after he kicks another boy in the crotch.
A Wisconsin student is censored and punished for publishing his views on adoption by gays.
State inspectors in North Carolina inspect children’s lunch boxes to insure “healthy” meals.
Glenn Beck interview of a WU-Madison student who works part-time at a Noodles & Co. restaurant. The student calls owner a dictator for wanting his employees to show up and be on time.
School union officials attack Teach for America, a national teacher corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach and to effect change in under-resourced urban and rural public schools.
South Carolina english teacher stomps on U.S. flag in class. The flag is, after all, just a "symbol."
Oakland’s Occupy Teachers openly want to abolish capitalism.
Destined for failure - Common Core curriculum.
Fifth grader throws away paper “gun,” gets reported by other students and is accused by them of being a “murderer.”
Entered in to the Congressional Record in 1963, the 45 goals of communism in America. Read #s 17 to 19, 28, 36, 41, and 42 (the rest are also very interesting).
International test scores - U.S. is not in the top 10.
More on international test scores.
Programme for International Student Assessment (bottom half more pertinent).
Poor U.S. test scores tied to weak curriculum. Wow, really?!
Here’s a few web sites that talk about the bias in education. If you look around, you can find many more.
These are only a few examples. Our school system is in utter chaos and disarray and is doing more to harm the future of our children than help it. While it will be a long and cumbersome battle (and given the unions I do mean battle), if we truly are concerned about the future of our children and our country, then this is one front that MUST be addressed.