When we were growing up, we remember hearing politicians say we needed to maintain our high standard of education. Now, all we hear is the need to “invest” (pay more in taxes for union teacher salaries) and “improve” education. Who let it go in the first place?
While dutifully avoiding all isms and phobias, according to Ranking America…
2015: The U.S. ranks 14th in education
2014: The U.S. ranks 2nd in ignorance
2013: The U.S. ranks 24th in literacy
2013: The U.S. ranks 17th in educational performance
2012: The U.S. ranks 11th in fourth grade math
2012: The U.S. ranks 6th in fourth grade reading
2011: The U.S. ranks 23rd in PISA science score
Ask anyone who has to decipher a job application or proofread a column written by one of our recent graduates, it’s clear not enough time was given to the very basics (reading, writing, arithmetic) one needs to survive outside the safe spaces of academia.
Wasting more valuable class time time may provide secure positions to professional protesters-turned snowflake handholders but do we really need more stupid people walking the streets, disrupting traffic while skillfully reciting the simple, “Hey hey, ho ho”?