The education in the past was like a machine that ran fairly well and produced a good product. Then they decided that they would start taking it apart and rebuild it. The problem is the ones that knew how to make it work were gone. The ones that rebuilt it had no instructions. They used parts that were not made well and the machine now produces a defective product.
When basic education was taught there was reading, writing and arithmetic. The state test that students took were taken to advance from one grade to another. It was a concentrated effort to make sure that the student was ready to advance to the next level. They had to be proficient in reading, math, science, English and history. By the time they graduated from high school, the life skills that they had learned prepared them to take on what ever it was that they wanted to pursue.
With basic education electricity was invented, the railroad was built, the dream of flying became a reality. In World War 2, the amount of airplanes, ships and tanks were being built at an unbelievable speed but were reliable and safe. The “8th Wonder of the World” Grand Coulee Dam; an eight mile railroad tunnel built in the Cascades when completed the two crews met they were six inches off of being lined up perfect; space exploration which included putting a man on the moon; development of computers and all the advances in medicine.
These are just a few of the great achievements that ones who were taught to create, have dreams and imagine that anything is possible if you have the desire to succeed.
Almost every day my 8th grade teacher would say ” Learn to listen and listen to learn. Without an education you have no direction and nobody is going to take care of you. You have to be able to make your own way.”
There was a framed copy of the Ten Comments at the front of the room, an American Flag with a picture of George Washington and hanging in the wall was a 24inch paddle with a sign above that read: The Board Of Education. It was very seldom used and when it was it was more embarrassing than hurt.
All that to say why anyone wants to change a system of teaching that has made this country the envy of the world.
Replace history with social justice indoctrination, math with common core confusion where there is no instruction of sequence. It is useless to use to build anything( see picture of car built using common core math at carthrottle.com). English has been reduced to internet slang and to abbreviated language.(Example: Do you have a moment? is now, D’ ya have a sec,) That is now acceptable in English. Health class use to teach hygiene, diet and how to take care of your teeth, now it’s Comprehensive Sex-ED class. Science was based on facts of how things worked not on some phony computer models that continually produce false out comes that try to scare you into thinking that global warming is going to wipe us all out in 12 years.
” Common Core effect has been dumbing down American education at every level, from kindergarten to graduate school, “said Peter Wood, President of the National Association of Scholars.
If you change something to make it better that’s a good thing but to change it at a very expensive price to make it worse is idiotic. Actually Common Core should be considered child abuse.
Written By: Delmer Eldred