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It’s 40 minutes long, but the following video is an excellent look at why our children are, well, stupid. Education in America pretty much blows, and under the auspices of the NEA is only getting worse.
I had several friends in college who were from Europe—they often knew three, four, or up to seven languages. They knew literature, math, and had several marketable talents. I think you’d have to search a while to find a high school graduate with that type of depth and background. Kids in our country work at the grocery store or local restaurant, procrastinate all assignments, read cliffs notes, and cheat on tests. I’m not saying there’s none of that in other countries, but ours is obviously not measuring up. It’s sad to see how dismal a job our public education system does at actually educating kids and instilling in them the talents, abilities, and knowledge necessary to “get ahead” in life.
Case in point: my brother went with me to San Diego last week. He missed a midterm and some assignments, and the teacher is letting him to do an alternative assignment in a class where he can drop the lowest score. Where’s the accountability? The challenge? The expectations?
Additionally, our education system is based on competition instead of the higher/better principle of collaboration. Indeed, collaboration in education is often termed “cheating”. When these kids get out into the “real world” it’s a paradigm change. Instead of competing against your peer, you have to collaborate with them on a project for the mutual benefit of all involved. Education should be the same way.
Instead, we pit our children against each other (such as when they’re graded on a curve) where their merits are based on the failures of another. Instead of principles and talents ,we worry about percentiles and grades.