The reality of our fundamentally flawed education system is one of the biggest failures of political conservatives over the past several decades — here are Liam Sigler and Christ Talgo:
Mediocrity has become normalized and institutionalized.
The United States is in the midst of an educational crisis. Test scores are plummeting, education spending is unsustainable, and the vast majority of American students are ill-prepared to thrive in the high-tech workplace of the future.
Given this sorry state of affairs, the question arises: How did the American education system, once the envy of the world, fall into such a decrepit state? Like most things in life, the answer is actually quite simple: The United States education system no longer prizes and cultivates its most talented students, and the American education system has become a bloated, bureaucratic leviathan that misallocates resources at a colossal level.
Neglecting the Gifted
It seems like common sense: the hard-working, productive, intelligent employee is promoted, while his less hard-working and not-as-smart office mate stays put. Yet, in an astounding and absurdly naïve decision, the American education system has all but abandoned this fundamental model for success.
In essence, American schools operate on the idea that students’ feelings trump their intellectual abilities. Unfortunately, this has resulted in a universal dumbing-down of the curriculum, and a reluctance to distinguish the intellectually gifted students from their common peers.
For now, this insane notion of treating one and all the same is mostly limited to the classroom. However, in other aspects of academia — sports, clubs, talent shows, etc.— this lack of emphasis on superior ability and achievement is also creeping in. Ever hear the cliché that “everyone gets a trophy”? It is no longer a cliché, it is real.
Unfortunately, shielding students from the reality of life, which is that some are more talented than others, is putting the United States at a huge disadvantage in the increasingly hypercompetitive global economy. In fact, Sally M. Reis, a psychology professor at the University of Connecticut contends “that our nation’s talented students are offered a less rigorous curriculum, read fewer demanding books, and are less prepared for work or postsecondary education than top students in many other industrialized countries.”
Read more: The American Spectator
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