Thursday, December 30, 2021

Dumbing Down Public Schools

As if things are not bad enough since half the kids in our country cannot read or do math at grade level, rather than put plans in place to improve academic achievement, some school districts across the country are just eliminating testing, standards, grades, metrics, extra credit under the presumption that holding kids to standards that they are not meeting is "racist".  So rather than focus on improving academic achievement, woke school boards, administrators and teachers led by teacher unions that want no accountability for teachers are just moving to dumb down public schools even further. 

This blogger knows this first hand. I have repeatedly asked the Washoe County School Board where I live in Reno, Nevada to put a plan in place to improve dismal reading and math scores and to focus on improving the district's Great Schools ratings, which are also horrible.  Instead, our School Board is focused on implementing Critical Race Theory Marxist racist revisionist history indoctrination and imposing the LGBTQIA agenda in our schools both supported by the teacher's union.  The majority on the woke School Board and Administrators just don't care about the quality of education in our School District, which is why Nevada ranks at the bottom of states nationwide.  

Let's face facts.  The majority of kids in Title I schools presumably in the poorest areas of most cities in the US are kids of color. They are way behind in reading and math and other subjects, as well.  And, though these schools have gotten billions of federal dollars every years since 1965 to improve the quality of education for these kids, there has been little improvement in academic achievement.  Obviously, the system is badly broken.  There is no accountability.  Teachers and administrators who fail to educate children are never FIRED.  Lowering standards will not improve education.  Matter of fact, these kids will just fall even further behind.  

We need metrics in place to measure teacher and administrator performance.  There should be merit pay for great teachers.  Mediocre teachers and administrators who fail to do the job must be FIRED.  And ultimately, we must have School Choice so that parents that can't afford to do so can get their kids into private schools to escape failing public schools.  Of course, teacher unions that do not represent the interests of children, parents or taxpayers are opposed to all of this.  Instead, teacher unions support dumbing down public schools to prevent any accountability and or focus on the lack of academic achievement.  It is downright criminal malpractice.  

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