Nearly two years ago, U.S. News & World Report came out with a story titled "Educators Implicated in Atlanta Cheating Scandal." There have been investigations, reports and charges of teacher-assisted cheating in other cities, such as Philadelphia, Houston, New York, Detroit, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Washington.
About a hundred years ago, Professor John Dewey of Columbia University saw the role of the teacher, not as a transmitter of a society's culture to the young, but as an agent of change. And his conception of education has prevailed.
Students at high schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, returned from Christmas break to find a “gift” from the school district: dispensers at the nurse's office filled with free condoms. Philly.com reported that the condom dispensers were placed in the 22 area high schools where students supposedly have the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
The NRA now opposes the Gun-Free School Zones that it championed during the Clinton administration. Constitutionalists warned the NRA that Gun-Free School Zones are impractical and unconstitutional.
In an effort to restore some sense of normalcy after the shootings last month at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, school officials have found a building in the nearby town of Monroe where the surviving students will resume classes Thursday. Today is an open house for the families to tour the new facility, the former Chalk Hil School.
Ideas matter. They have consequences. Why did some of the most intelligent educators in America conspire to destroy the brain power of the American people? It doesn’t make sense until you begin to delve into the ideas that formed the basis of their decisions. These ideas swept over them like a giant intellectual tsunami, wiping out their beliefs in the Biblical traditions that had held American society together since its founding.
Most people today still have no idea that our national reading problem is the result of deliberately faulty teaching methods — look-say or sight-reading rather than intensive phonics — which have dumbed down generations of students.
Following the suggestion by the NRA that schools should have armed security to prevent another tragedy, numerous groups are offering such training to teachers, often for free.
The Obama administration is using taxpayer money to bribe state governments into accepting a dubious national education curriculum known as “Common Core,” and so far, the controversial campaign has flown largely under the radar. The national scheme, which is already arousing some serious opposition, is geared toward standardizing educational requirements in a move that critics say represents an assault on local control over the school system. Homeschooling groups are expressing concerns, too, and the outcry is growing louder every day.
In the 1960s the government threw more money and legislation at the nation's reading problem, but the reading skills of students continued to plummet. The deliberate dumbing down of America has continued to this day.