Education Failing Young Americans…Yet Again

Eileen F. Toplansky is correct that education is failing young Americans. She includes a lot of important facts and links in this article:

It is a dismal picture. In his 1993 book Inside American Education: The Decline, the Deception, the Dogmas, Thomas Sowell lamented that “when nearly one-third of American 17-year-olds do not know that Abraham Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation, when nearly half do not know who Josef Stalin was, and when about 30 percent could not locate Britain on a map of Europe, then it is clear that American educational deficiencies extend far beyond mathematics.” Yet a quarter of a century later, the 17-year-olds in my classrooms do not even know what the Emancipation Proclamation is, let alone who authored it!

In 1998, Heather Mac Donald noted that report cards and objective tests were traded in for “overheated rhetoric about fighting institutional racism and [the redistribution of] power.”

In his 2010 book Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality, Theodore Dalrymple aimed his pen at Great Britain, where “educational theory, subsequently provided with a patina of science by committed researchers, is full of absurdities that would be delightfully laughable had they not been taken seriously and used as the basis of educational policy to impoverish millions of lives.”

Despising routine and rote … [the] educational theorists came up with the idea that children would learn to read better if they discovered how to do so for themselves. This is only slightly more sensible than sitting a child under an apple in the hope that it will arrive at the theory of gravity.

Thus, “romantic educational theory” is deliberately used to dummy down students, make school unbearable, and prepare these students to become useful idiots of a leftist society. This was also documented by Dan Gagliasso in 2012.

Read more: American Thinker

Image credit: From the cover of Thomas Sowell’s 1983 book “Inside American Education: The Decline, the Deception, the Dogmas.”