The Failure of Education – America’s war on its children


The Failure of Education

America’s war on its children

by Mustang

If (fill in the blank) isn’t working out to your expectations, then all you have to do is throw more money at it. That’s the message we regularly receive from people who make their money from selling “education.” But, is it true?  Of course not.

The American education system is an utter failure and has been for decades, and there is no more significant proof of that than observing today’s young adults.  They have no academic skills beyond cheating on tests; they lack essential knowledge about our nation’s history or even their own states. They are unable to comprehend cause and effect relationships, and they cannot reason.  If our education system is the doctor, then we’ve killed the patient.

Educationalist (a term I use in the most disparaging manner possible) Kate Barrington wants us to know about the American education system’s top fifteen failures.  None of her “failures” represent the underlying problem of American schools, but here’s what she identified as her most significant concerns:

    1. Insufficient government funding
    2. Charter schools siphon away money from public schools
    3. Teachers aren’t making enough money
    4. Too many teachers are fired for political reasons
    5. There is too much bullying going on in schools 
    6. Students are “too poor” to learn
    7. Schools are over-crowded
    8. Students are too anxious and hyper-active to learn
    9. Insufficient parental involvement

She never once mentioned political brainwashing imposed on every child in public schools, never said anything about the costly athletic programs that take away time and money from academic curricula, never mentioned the dismal results of “high stakes” testing, or the fact that students receive no training in civics education, are taught revisionist history, or that they are bored to the point of tears in the classroom.  

Ms. Barrington didn’t say that our children cannot construct a proper sentence, much less a paragraph, or that an average first-year high school student can only read at the fifth-grade level and cannot perform algebraic computations or has no interest in the wonder of science.

She also never mentioned that the United States (federal and state expenditures) spends, on average, $800-billion on educational programs EACH YEAR.  That figure approximates $15,000.00 annually for each child in elementary and secondary schools.  Maybe we shouldn’t focus so much on what we spend on American education — perhaps we should be asking what we’re getting as a return on that investment.  Are we getting smarter kids who, within a few years, are knocking them dead in the corporate structure, on Wall Street, as engineers, as scientists?

No — actually, American kids (including those graduating from college with a four-year degree) are mediocre compared to the rest of the civilized world.  Forty years after the publication of A Nation at Risk, a ground-breaking report by the National Commission on Excellence, America’s kids are dumber than ever despite the doubling of our expenditures on education.  

Constructing more schools does not equate to better education — it only means more children per year are less competitive globally.  What other conclusions can a rational person make when more than two-thirds of the student population cannot demonstrate mastery in grade-level mathematics and science, reading, or even understanding the history of their own ancestors?

Here’s an interesting statistic: 85% of our nation’s high school graduates each year are unqualified to enter college as freshmen without substantial remediation.

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, the average expenditure worldwide is around $9,800 per student annually.  Around the world, then, nations who spend far less educating their children are producing young adults who can (and do) read, who can communicate well in writing, who understand complex mathematics, and are geared toward careers in science and engineering.

Equally important, we must address the question of whether America’s young adults are as well-adjusted psychologically as their “other world” cohorts.  There does not appear to be any evidence to support such a claim.  Considering high incidents of violence in schools and throughout local communities, the opposite seems right. America’s young adult is maladjusted, and if there is not a trend toward psychopathic abnormality, it certainly seems that way.  

What, then, should we deduce?  Should we conclude that in exchange for $800-billion annually, we are getting psychologically damaged young adults?  As young adults, our children not only do not know who they are but also don’t care.  

Our young adults do not understand that the rights they enjoy extend to every other citizen, as well — so supporting such notions that they must silence a citizen who has different views from their own — forcibly, if necessary — tells us that our education system has grown at least two (maybe three) generations of dangerously maladjusted human beings.  Moreover, they are irrational in thinking that such behavior benefits a healthy society.

America is getting no bang for its buck.  Rather than demanding more money (to waste), perhaps reduced spending is a better plan.  Pay teachers less money, not more.  Stop pretending that high school football programs are equal in importance to science and mathematics.  Stop spending hundreds of millions of dollars on textbooks that facilitate revisionist brainwashing or communicate anti-white racial biases.

When compared to the children raised in third-world countries, our children are stupid, psychotic, and socially inept.  Is this our return on our ever-increasing investment in the American education system?  One notable scientist suggested, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”  We attribute this quotation to Albert Einstein’s Parable of Quantum Insanity.  Perhaps the educationalists should make a note of it.

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

23 Responses to “The Failure of Education – America’s war on its children”

  1. The Failure of Education – America’s war on its children – Freedom Is Just Another Word… Says:

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  2. Bill Heffner Says:

    I was in a class (called “philosophy,” I think, or something like that) in which I argued endlessly in class with the teacher and fully expected to fail because he never managed to convince me. I not only did not fail, I get an A. When I asked the teacher what that was about, he smiled. “The class,” he told me, “was not to teach you WHAT to think. It was to teach you HOW to think, and your arguments were excellent examples of original thinking.”

    Shuch a thing would never happen today. Original thinking is not only not encouraged, it is forbidden. School is for the purpose of teaching you What to think, and will fail you if you do not think the right things.

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    • Mustang Says:

      While I was still teaching, we heard about a teacher in another school district (I think it was in Texas — might have been Houston) where this fellow decided to conduct an experiment using his students as guinea pigs. Over a period of six or seven weeks, he persuaded these students to embrace Naziism without calling it that or making any reference to the Third Reich. He even had them dressing the same, and it wasn’t long before they acting like Hitler’s brown shirts — even to the extent of bullying other kids because they were of an inferior race. As I understand it, this incident made the local papers, and the teacher was boarded. Still, it was hard to argue with his underlying point: you can substitute fascism for Marxism/progressivism, you can even change your tactics, but the net effect of brainwashing students remains constant. We should worry when a classroom teacher can so thoroughly change his students’ behaviors with so little effort. And while the school administrators weren’t at all happy with this teacher, what they are doing — and what is happening in our society today, is little different. It’s okay when progressives do it because they benefit from it.

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  3. 1958usmc1993 Says:

    Wow, another Barn burner Mustang. BZ! Semper Fi, brother

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  4. kidme37 Says:

    Its never going to get any better because the parents of school aged children were taught by the same incompetent, mal-adjusted, grossly over self-evaluating, overpaid, lazy people. And those are the good ones. It occurs to me that good people do not remain in such environments for long.
    Home schooling? Parents probably lesser educated than the teachers.
    Couple thoughts and facts.
    – Lakota School District in Cincinnati, consisting of 6 physical schools let 90 administrators and 100 teachers go during the financial ‘crisis’ and called it good. How much of that 80 billion do worthless administrators suck down for doing no more than bringing in the donuts? Ninety administrators……
    – My lunch pals were teachers and quit over 40 years ago to go into the corporate world because education was so broken then. They were teaching in mostly black schools and the guy said he would bring in comic books just to get the kids reading something.
    – Teachers union teachers remind me of the black people who demand reparations for something they had no attachment to that happened over 100 year ago.
    – Is there any end to the horror stories ? Faggaddabouddeeet.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      I was one of the lucky one – in college I was taught history with primary sources on both sides of an issue to develop critical thinking…. those days are long gone.

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      • kidme37 Says:

        Lucky yes. I graduated in 1970 and outside of math and some science I wasn’t taught anything worthwhile and spent a couple decades purging myself of the BS or trying to.

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    • Mustang Says:

      “It’s never going to get any better because the parents of school-aged children were taught by the same incompetent, mal-adjusted, grossly over self-evaluating, overpaid, lazy people.

      When I served as a department chair years ago, I had one teacher (one of the coaches, actually) who distinguished himself by holding the school district record for showing movies in class. The number of films shown in the school year averaged 183, which wasn’t bad in a school year consisting of 196 days. It was a stretch plugging these films into the state curricula, but no one ever said Miguel was stupid. I figured the difference in the number of days where he didn’t show movies were the days set aside for campus-wide testing and classroom pizza parties before Christmas and Spring Break.

      Of course, Miguel was a very popular teacher, had been employed for 26 years before I arrived on campus, and the only way to change his behavior was to fire him. That was never going to happen, at least not until after the Rapture.

      Not all of his students watched those movies, I should add because they were barely able to speak English … so they slept through the movies. Although he may have been showing Spanish language films, too.

      And then there was another coach-teacher whose career seemed to go by in a flash, which is what happens when you aren’t sober most of the day. He was a bit more honest than Miguel in the sense that he didn’t even pretend to be teaching world history. Most of his classes were “self-study” periods.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        It is interesting that of all the faculty I had… and there were many with two Masters… I can clearly remember four with fondness and their impact on me and their classes. I still recall their names… the rest? Maybe a foggy recall of a couple.. Teachers do make a difference.

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  5. peter3nj Says:

    Kinda off but on topic Ed:
    My brother in law 30 year Army veteran (1972-2002), tank commander stationed in Germany and Korea for a greater part of his career, retired 2002, then worked as a computer analyst, for a government military contractor. In 2004 while visiting down the swamp way for my nephew’s wedding my brother in law explained to me his job was to oversee (read: do ALL the work) the work of another analyst who was unable to perform the duties required so then two men were employed for one man working and the other hanging out. The unqualified employee could not be fired since he WAS qualified as a government employee so both men were paid for the same job with one of them (my brother in law) performing the duties. Great work if you can get it.
    P.S. My bro in law said he usually didn’t have to get his own coffee.
    God, its a great country!

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    • Mustang Says:

      This is why Kid is praying for a government job. Good pay, low expectations, and a guaranteed career.

      I just sent a well-written letter off to the IRS on a mistake THEY made and have every confidence that some 2-brain cell moron will be assigned to look into it. This could go on for years into the future.

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      • kidme37 Says:

        One last step to complete and the job is Mine Mustang! I notified them I required a luxury sofa in my office suitable for the sleeping (ahem) of two people simultaneously.

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      • peter3nj Says:

        I’ve written this little tidbit several years ago but it never gets old: In 2011 I foreclosed on a property in Florida and that same year my black sheep younger son stuck me with a condo here in NJ he no longer wanted and I did a short sale: Not a good year but I dug myself out. Come tax time, as always, I did my own tax return. Having never before foreclosed or short sold properties the tax code, written by a-holes, proved onerous, confusing and seemingly in many areas irrational. After poring over many of the 70,000 plus regulations found I could interpret the code and go either of two ways: Owe $16,000+ or have a refund of $1,600+. I the decided to consult with the professionals at THE IRS.
        I arrived at the Paramus, NJ IRS regional office, sat for approximately two hours with a roomful of amigos before my number was finally called. As an English speaker I must have dazed and confused the agent appointed to me.
        I explained as best I could the problem and could he help me.
        Not having two SS #’s must have thrown him off. After trying his best (I assumed) he called in the big gun, his supervisor. After three-yes three+ hours of tearing their hair out-they should have thrown out their tax code which was of no help- they advised that they couldn’t help me and suggested I consult a tax professional. I came so close to asking were they not tax professionals but thought better of it.
        I left, called my buddy MIke and asked him for the CPA he uses for his business.
        Bottom line Reuben the CPA figured it out both ways as did I coming up with the EXACT two figures, pored over the tax code and filed with my getting back $1,600+.
        Not to blow my own horn but Reuben told me I could never work for the IRS.because I knew too.

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  6. peter3nj Says:

    Allow me to put his in perspective:
    My older son, 39 yrs old, went to a Jesuit High School in 1995 at the cost of $4,500 per year in Jersey City, NJ. In the school year 2019-20 tuition was @$19,456.
    Down the road apiece (as we country folk are fond of saying) is Newark, NJ where at the time (1995-) the cost to educate a Newark high school student was $13,000 per year (no figures for today’s cost per student.). Surely that was without factoring in security guards etc. And still to this day as a bonus the state sends 70-75% of our tax dollars to these failing schools while districts where you can eat your lunch off the immaculately kept floors, where the criminally white students can leave their AK-47s at home, the school districts receive close to nada (that’s Spanish lingo for nothing) from the state.

    **** New Jersey school districts spent an average of $21,866 per pupil in the 2017-18 school year, up 4.9 percent from the year before, according to a new state report.Aug 16, 2019
    These figures may not be absolute but their pretty damn close.

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    • Mustang Says:

      Well, Peter, my guess is that if NJ schools are suffering the effects of poor grades, drug trafficking in the hallways, sex in the bathrooms, almost as many administrators as there are teachers, and teachers who, if not for teaching, would be holding up signs at the bottom of an exit ramp … then you aren’t spending enough money on education. I sense a tax increase coming your way.

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      • kidme37 Says:

        I remember the President of the teachers union sending out an All Members email prompting that all pray for Chris Christie’s death because as the new governor he wasn’t going to spend over a billion on ‘education’ in NJ as the governor he replaced had done. And people think this is America ?

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  7. nrringlee Says:

    The early progressives believed in a two tiered public and private education system. The elite system,for their kids was mostly private and gave a classical liberal education appropriate for a governing class. Our kids, the vast majority would get a rudimentary education from a Prussian model (mandated, monopolistic) and would grant only such skills as necessary to be an effective factory or farm worker. Gone are any ideas about a Republic based upon universal civic and philosophical values and virtues. And that, my friends, is what we ended up with. Public monopoly schools turn out drones. Private and parochial schools turn out a few educated people but mostly the indoctrinated. That result is the death of a Republic. When critical theory replaces critical thinking self governance is no longer possible. A few states like mine are brave enough to grant universal school vouchers. The charter and private schools in our state excel far and away better than the public options. No surprise there. In my county in particular the parochial schools excel. Our state tax laws allow folks like me, zero kids at home to actually pay for a quality private education for a child not my own. States like mine will be target number one for the Biden Commissariat of Education. Bring your very best game. Semper Fidelis

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  8. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    My niece is a public school teacher is a large school district in Florida.
    She is a conservative Christian, just so you know she’d not a lib like many of her “peers”.
    Her job in that district is to teach remedial reading to kids in high school who cannot read at a 5th grade level.
    She has job security.
    She is also 4’9″ and a veteran and she demands respect. And gets it.
    She’d be out of a job if her “peers” did theirs.

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