Education in America Ain’t What It Use To Be

Do they still teach the three R’s: reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmatic? According to George Will writing for Human Events,  three R’s  are the backbone of today’s education: racism, reproduction, and recycling; but mostly racism.

Will shares several examples some of the bizarre of what our education system of today thinks is important. One that caught my eye was the University of California in San Diego. In 2911, it was cutting back on their academic offerings, but it had money for some new positions:

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.

Considering the high cost of education today, Will went on to wonder how many millions could be saved by eliminating certain positions:

…by abolishing on every American campus every administrative position whose title contains the words “diversity,” “equity,” “race,” “ethnicity,” “sustainability,” “green,” “gender,” “inclusion,” “identity,” “interconnectivity,” “globalization,” “climate,” “campus climate,” “cross-cultural” or “multiculturalism.”

As a wrap up to his article, Will quotes Ronald Reagan paraphrasing his Secretary of Education, William Bennett:

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.”

That quote was from 25 years ago and things have only gotten worse since then.

By coincidence _ or maybe not _ Human Events also has an article by Walter Williams sounding off on the same subject. Dr, Williams; article is actually a review of the book, Meeting the Psychoeducational Needs of Minority Students, by Professor  Craig Frisby of the University of Missouri.

After relating Professor Frisby’s low opinion of all this multicultural and diversity nonsense, Williams shares the following:

Frisby turns his attention to school discipline and criminal behavior. He discusses the atmosphere at one New York school, which is by no means unique among schools. Teachers experience being pushed, shoved and spit upon by students. A male teacher transferred to another school after a student threatened to rape his wife. In this kind of atmosphere, should anyone be surprised that only 3 percent of the students were at grade level in English and only 9 percent in math?

The fundamental problem crippling low-income minority students is school behavioral disorder. Its visible manifestations are graffiti, broken and vandalized furniture, fights, sexual activity, drug use in the bathrooms and rowdy behavior. Frisby says we should tell students exactly how to behave and tolerate no disorder. That’s not rocket science, except for today’s liberal establishment who run our schools and colleges. (Bold added)

“Behavior” it seems to me is something seldom discussed anymore. Society has changed and not for the better, in my opinion. In the days of my childhood there were unwritten rules of acceptable behavior that were consistently enforced throughout society. By that I mean, behavior that was punished at home would be equally punished if I misbehaved at the home of a friend or at school. In other words, parents in the neighborhood and teachers and Principals all reenforced what was taught at home. We kids knew that there were consequences to be paid if caught misbehaving and we didn’t whine about it. Whining was an invitation for more pain. I think it was a better way t o raise kids. Or. am I wrong?

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

25 thoughts on “Education in America Ain’t What It Use To Be

  1. This post is RACIST! I call for a Diversity Czar (or is it Tsar?) to investigate Asylum Watch!

    Seriously. Don’t you know “standards of behavior” are predicated on the white man’s Euro-centrism?

    Oh,and yea, we are doomed. When adults do not do their job. When children are allowed to run wild and do whatever they want that makes them “feel good”. When a society shows n interest in defending itself it’s time to stock up on ammo and enjoy the new feudal society that is fast approaching.

    Now I just have to find a lord to give homage to.

  2. Yes, indeed Prof.
    1) We can start by closing down the Department of Education in Washington. 2) Bring education 100% to the state level and to “parents choice”. 3) Apply “right to work” labor policies in “right to teach” school employment policies, and get Teacher’s Unions out of the business of education.
    And that is just for starters.

  3. Of course, you’re right. However, education is just a reflection of our larger societal problems as a whole. Will should have added a 4th “r” for reliance on government.

  4. The only answer I can see to this is a voucher program, and one that includes the ability to use the voucher for private schools to compete with public (including charter) schools. I think it would be interesting to see how many parents, particularly in poor areas, would opt to take their kids out of schools that teach them the “new three Rs” and put them into schools that enforce discipline and teach them the “old three Rs”. The do-gooders, as usual, are doing harm. Somehow they call themselves “progressives” but all of their “progress” is backward.

    My question is: Are they truly unable to see that their “do-gooderism” is harmful, or don’t they care? If they don’t care, what is their motivation?

  5. In the K-12 education universe 33 years ago, the state of Texas (Ironically where I am this second) had great influence over the content of textbooks. That is because Texas standardized all the textbooks used in the state and they were the biggest buyer in the country.

    Book publishers pretty much catered to what Texas wanted put in their texts to get their business. The rest of the country got what Texas got.

    Texas is a conservative state and wanted conservative values reflected in their education.

    Texas no longer has as much influence over textbooks as it used to. Now we got what we got.

  6. You are not wrong, I wish you were but you are not. The schools are no longer teaching the important subjects but rather are serving as indoctrination centers designed to push a liberal/ dependency culture.

  7. Far be it from me to contradict George Will, but I haven’t seen this drive for diversity in Georgia. Now, I could be mistaken (not unusual), but the school age kids I know are intelligent, and getting a pretty good education. This may be an function of my part of town, and the culture within which these kids are reared. As you know, there are some really bad schools in the Atlanta area. Witness the recent test-cheating scandal that went all the way to the Atlanta schools superintendent.

    Our great fear is budgets being cut to the point that arts, physical education, and some specialists are eliminated from the elementary schools curriculum.

    I don’t see how my part of the country could be that different when it comes to college curricula. Most of the college kids I know (several) major in science or business. Maybe it is the sociology departments that are pushing the diversity junk, but I don’t know those people.

  8. Over a period of several decades, I have fled from the public education system to private education to teaching groups of homeschoolers — all of these moves my attempt to hold the line on standards.

    Now, I’m hanging on by my fingernails until the day I retire. The dumbing down has had a massive effect, and it’s getting more and more difficult to find parents who are supportive of holding the lines on standards.

    Oh, sure, there are a few parents who understand the importance of holding the line; but most parents do not. A huge part of the problem now is that standards have badly slipped at the post-secondary level, so parents aren’t very concerned that their children be ready for college. Colleges are offering too much remedial work!

    Specific example….I read the other day just how low a percentage of high school students are doing research papers — even in AP courses. Back in the days when I went to college, it was a given that students already knew the basics of research. So, parents think that I’m being too hard on their little darlings when I require them to do some real research.

    Another example….There is no longer much emphasis on reading the classics of literature. “Boring” and “Too hard” — that’s what I hear all the time.

    One more example….Parents no longer want their children to study policy debate at the high school level. “Too much work” and “Takes too much time,” they say. I note, however, that everybody has plenty of time for multiple team sports.

    Minds are in a state of atrophy. Idiocracy rules the day!

      1. I’ve stood it because I care about students. I want them to learn, to hone their minds.

        BTW, my role model as a teacher was Annie Sullivan. The sad thing now: I’m not working with parents such as Helen Keller’s. The Kellers did finally understand what Annie Sullivan was trying to do. I despair of most parents today of EVER seeing the reality and of accepting the proper role of parents with regard to education.

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