As the Liberal Curriculum took over our Public Schools an Educational Decline Began

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 2nd, 2012

Week in Review

Thanks to the recent election in the US we know what’s important to women.  Birth control and abortion.  And we know what’s important to young people.  Thanks to two states decriminalizing marijuana.  So with our young people focusing more on sex and getting high is it any surprise that they’re not studying hard in high school to go on to college?  No.  And it’s no surprise that the United States has fallen from first to fourteenth in graduation rates.  And why Europeans and Asians outperform Americans on tests.  For young Americans just have other things on their mind than school (see Downward mobility haunts US education by Sean Coughlan posted 12/2/2012 on BBC News Business).

Andreas Schleicher, special adviser on education at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), says the US is now the only major economy in the world where the younger generation is not going to be better educated than the older.

“It’s something of great significance because much of today’s economic power of the United States rests on a very high degree of adult skills – and that is now at risk,” says Mr Schleicher.

“These skills are the engine of the US economy and the engine is stuttering,” says Mr Schleicher, one of the world’s most influential experts on international education comparisons…

It’s easy to overlook the dominance of US higher education in the post-war era – or how closely this was linked to its role as an economic, scientific and military superpower…

The spiralling cost of higher education in the United States is often cited as a barrier – and the collective student debt has exceeded a trillion dollars…

The rising cost of higher education is a deterrent. And there is a wider question of finance for higher education at state level.

He also says there is another “dirty little secret” of US higher education – that too many people who enrol at university fail to graduate – which pushes down the graduation rate in international comparisons.

Everyone can agree that the high cost of education is a problem.  But we never seem to blame our schools for the high prices they charge.  We’ll attack health insurance companies.  Hospitals.  Pharmaceutical companies.  We attack and regulate these industries to combat their high prices.  Yet we do nothing to the colleges and universities that charge high prices.  Other than try to help them charge high prices by subsidizing the high cost of tuition.

And those low graduation rates?  That’s pretty sad.  Considering that since many students today are taking the easy degree programs.  So their educational responsibilities don’t intrude on their partying time.  Getting useless degrees in disciplines like gender studies.  Instead of science and engineering.  Degrees that are actually useful in a high-tech economy.

This decline in American education excellence just so happens to coincide with the rise of multiculturalism in our public schools.  Outcomes-based education.  And getting participation ribbons instead of trophies for winning.  When the liberal agenda took over the educational curriculum.  So instead of teaching students reading, writing and arithmetic we’re teaching them about global warming and the evils of capitalism.  And how it’s okay if Heather has two mommies.

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