With the omnipresent call for free college and lifetime free education by Democrats, perhaps the time has come for us to take a critical look at the product which is being produced for all the money expended. It seems that every time that taxes are increased, there is more set aside for education and yet that threshold seems to be to dumb down every matriculating class. Adopting the lowest common denominator is not the way to achieve excellence. Call it what you want, but we are in fact “dumbing-down” that which is acceptable from our schools.
Bertrand Russell was an early 20th century philosopher, scientist and a proponent for liberalism. Given today’s crop of college educated young people, we find ourselves more in line with his view of education than any of the other famous quotes we were able to locate. Russell said, “Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education."
No analysis of our current educational system would be complete without the examination of the number of “soldiers” on the line in the form of teachers who are doing what we call the “heavy lifting.” It just seems to us that many school systems are invested too heavily in administration. Furthering to complicate things is a National Department of Education which is a complete waste of time and money in our opinion. All educational oversight should be on the State and local level.
Are there bad teachers? Yes, there are. Sadly, they, although often rare, are a drag on the entire system, especially when they are teaching your kids! The slackers and incompetents are protected by one of the strongest unions in the country. One which should not even exist. We’ve all heard the saying that one bad apple will spoil the barrel. The size and strength of these unions is so large as to allow them to influence the political climate.
The California State University is a classic example of the diminution of the value of possessing a degree. They’ve willingly submitted their institutions to become diploma mills which crank out worthless degrees, under-educate students and spend copious amounts of time on political correctness. Closely examining our current educational facilities as well as people like Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez—a college graduate, but who would know from listening to her--we find no reason to find fault with his assertion.
Far too much classroom time is being devoted to personal political opinion than is being spent constructively teaching history and other life assisting skills which provide students the ability to use common sense in forming their own conclusions about current politics. It should be a crime against the survival of humanity, considering all the malfeasance in educating our young people.
Our view of the situation may appear simplistic to some, but as I recall, older methods now considered passé worked for all those years that they were the standard. Teach our children to speak proper English; teach them to read, write and communicate well; teach them math to put in place a basic understanding of business and an introduction to scientific thought; and teach them history to provide a perspective of our background that will allow them to avoid the same mistakes and follow an educated path into the future. Most of all, keep politics out of the classroom! Their experiences and proper education will provide all the knowledge needed for them to make political determinations on their own. Teachers are paid to teach, not propagandize.
We’ve only had space available today to discuss education, it’s escalating cost and poor return. One should not forget that this is the same group of Democrats who want to “give” us “free” healthcare and a guaranteed income for life whether we want to be employed or not! As they set about destroying America, there must be a pot of gold somewhere, which I fail to see!
But, as always, that’s only one man’s opinion.
Fred Hall is publisher of the Dinuba Sentinel.