30 08 11 - 04:08This article is heavy on the drama, but makes a good point:
If our schools are still failing, why bother?
You already pay a private-school cost through your property taxes. Just cut out the middleman.
I detest public education because the schools are jail-like, because they dumb down interesting subjects into memorization, and because they're more concerned with the dumb and failing pupils than in trying to help anyone with a brain stay interested.
Further, they're little propaganda factories, because there's nothing a moron in charge likes more than a teachable moment. "See, the blackbird is just like the white bird, but black. Wasn't the white bird wrong to exclude the black bird from his seed pile?" etc.
Faced with widespread whimpering from administrators of the fraudulent, coercion-based job factories known as the government schools, who claim the No Child Left Behind Act just made it too hard for them to look good because it actually required testing the academic achievement of their charges and then making the abysmal results public, Mr. Obama's Secretary of Teacher Full-Employment, Arne Duncan, announced Aug. 8 that the testing requirements are serving as an "impediment" and "disincentive" for government educrats, and therefore he's going to encourage some of the states that are having trouble meeting the testing requirements to apply for testing "waivers," come September.
How many states? Um ... 50.
Which must eventually lead even slow-witted parents and taxpayers to ask, "If testing the kids to find out if they can read, write and do simple sums after we've spent 10 or 20 grand per year on each of them is an 'impediment' to what the educrats are supposed to be doing, what on earth are they actually supposed to be doing? And if what they're up to has nothing to do with producing high school graduates who can pass a multiple-choice test that the eighth graders of 1955 could have passed with their eyes closed, why should we keep funding the federal Department of Education, our state Department of Education or even our fraud-peddling local school districts?" - LVRJ
The sad fact is that the paternalistic state expands itself because it's easy money.
What are we doing? We're helping people.
That rapidly becomes: people are idiots, so we need to pander to the stupidest, and protect them.
A few years on from that, all the smart kids are bored and getting penalized, and the eager beaver blockhead types are the talk of the town.