The state of the education system

The state of the education system

The following is an excerpt from the Education — Key Page at the website of Fathers for Life.  The last three links identified in the list show additions that were made today.

Have no illusions that the problems with America’s education system are national ones. Once you read Tom DeWeese’s article and know who’s behind “The Fix”, you’ll come to the conclusion that you know also why  “The Fix” is destroying education in all developed nations.

The National Education Association (NEA), just prior to the anniversary of the horror of the Twin Towers attack, urged its members in a directive not to lay blame on Islamic terrorists but instead to lecture students on America’s sins. For a day or two, there were some indignant outbursts. But few pointed out the connection between the unconscionable state of American education and the ideological hold the NEA has on our public schools and system of higher education.

L.A. Unified has hundreds of excellent instructors. But no one asks them their secrets to success, and most of the time no one praises them. Often their principals don’t even know who they are.
August 28, 2010|By Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times

Alexander Super, a former public school teacher in New York, looks at the issues raised by the big downward revision of student test scores in the city.

  • The following is a link to an article on the key issue that is being addressed in the two articles identified above; the issue being that teachers unions have always persisted in refusing to permit the grading of teachers’ performances according to the students’ test scores.

L.A. Unified presses union on test scores, Los Angeles Times, August 22. 2010

The district wants new labor contracts to include ‘value-added’ data as part of teacher evaluations.

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1 Response to The state of the education system

  1. The article identified by the following confirms the 1998 report (#5 in the list contained in the posting above) by Judith Kleinfeld:

    Girls think they are cleverer than boys from age four, study finds

    Teachers’ expectations may reinforce gender gap in school performance

    Girls’ performance at school may be boosted by what they perceive to be their teachers’ belief that they will achieve higher results and be more conscientious than boys, the academics claim. Boys may underachieve because they pick up on teachers’ assumptions that they will obtain lower results than girls and have less drive.

    The Guardian article further states,

    The gender gap has been the focus of public and academic concern for at least 20 years.

    At the same time, the article provides an obvious explanation why the gender gap persists and intensified:

    Jenny Parkes, senior lecturer in education, gender and international development at the Institute of Education, University of London, said there had been marked changes in girls’ achievement in the UK in the latter half of the 20th century, in part thanks to feminism’s influence on the way girls view themselves.

    Well, the only thing that has been done about that concern was to create a false concern that girls are under-privileged and shortchanged in the education system and need special attention. That has helped to intensify the growing gender gap in educational achievement.

    It is propaganda in action. The feminists are a controlling influence in the education system. They learned how to make use of effective propaganda tactics and applied them, while our politicians and the bureaucracy eagerly complied and provided the necessary support and funding.

    They results are not pretty.

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