Education and Politics – What Do They Have in Common?

by Mustang

Public education in the United States is terrible.  How bad?  Really bad — and everyone knows it.  Despite spending $640 billion annually on public education, the United States produces the highest number of low-education citizens in the industrialized world.  That’s somewhat like spending $304,995 for an Aston Martin DBS and having the power train fall out an hour after driving it off the lot.

Most people fail to understand that a high school diploma simply means that the graduate is, at best, qualified for a minimum wage job.  It not only means that high school graduates begin their working lives at the bottom of the economic ladder, but also that unless they strive to increase their level of education, that’s where they will remain for their entire working life.

Classroom in Fort Christmas

So, the question is, considering how much we spend educating our children, why aren’t our schools doing a better job educating our children?  There are many reasons — and none of them make us happy.  So, as 62.5% of us are low-education citizens, we ignore the problem.  But if you happened to answer the question, “Because it benefits politicians to have low-educated voters,” you get a cigar.

According to a recent study published by the University of California (Riverside), low-education voters overwhelmingly embrace costly social welfare programs that ultimately work against their own short-and-long-term interests.  Low-education voters are five times more likely to support politicians who achieve elective office by appealing to issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, social justice, and/or entitlement.

It’s probably a no-brainer to add that the more education one has, the more likely one is to vote responsibly — which is to say, not allowing themselves fooled by identity politics into voting against their own interests.  For example, a low-education voter doesn’t understand that by supporting an increase in the minimum wage, they also back increases in the cost of goods and services so that the minimum wage worker loses purchasing power.

In other words, they become financially worse off.  Today, the minimum wage worker has lost 21% of their purchasing power — but they’re too stupid to realize it.  Low-education voters are also less likely to realize that politicians are manipulating them (for the politician’s own benefit).  Not only that, no matter how dire their financial circumstances, low-education voters will continue supporting the race-baiters and gender warriors for most of their adult lives.

The preceding goes a long way to explain why politicians, particularly Democrats, see nothing wrong with maintaining the American education system as it now stands.  By “politicians,” I mean to say local (town council/school board), state, and federal representatives.

America’s education system demands a significant housecleaning, but before that can happen, voters need to martial their resources and clean the political landscape as well.  Is that likely to happen?  Not when 90% of registered voters cannot even name their school board representatives or those they voted for in the last statewide election.

Ah, those low-education voters.  They’re the gift that keeps on giving.

Photo credit: “Classroom in Fort Christmas” by Photomatt28 is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

19 Responses to “Education and Politics – What Do They Have in Common?”

  1. Baysider Says:

    If $$$ spent = quality of outcome, then we’d have a superlatively wise country of citizens marked by good life coping skills. It’s a fact that you can get excellent education, and that $$$ in some amount are necessary to achieve that. But it isn’t the dollars per se. It’s the application of their use. Our Educrats ARE using them effectively – but not for the outcomes we hired them for. It’s for THEIR outcomes – low income voters that keep their allies in office and fill their (or their union’s) coffers. We are not seeking the same goals. We are not playing on the same team or league.

    The ‘low information’ is actually training to respond reflexively with pre-programmed feelings that shut the mind off.

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  2. markone1blog Says:

    We really need to get the money to follow the child. When a child goes to a high-performing public charter school (like the Kipp Academy in Houston) or a private school (like any of a number of Christian or Catholic schools across the nation), the money should go there (instead of forcing the parent to support both the local public school and the alternative).

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    • peter3nj Says:

      Then we would probably have to give illegals $25,000 for each of their kids each year to go to private school. We can never win.👩🏽‍🌾👨🏽‍🌾👨🏽‍🌾👨🏽‍🌾👨🏽‍🌾👨🏽‍🌾👨🏽‍🌾👨🏽‍🌾👨🏽‍🌾👨🏽‍🌾👨🏽‍🌾👨🏽‍🌾

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      • kidme37 Says:

        If only one illegal child was helped it would be worth it at thrice the price. 🙂

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      • peter3nj Says:

        …and what will change should the republicans first win back both houses and then the Oval Office? With the democrats and their Allies at the ready to bring down the congress and then the administration who can possibly believe the GOP would have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to the left? If history has taught us anything we should believe victories in 2022 and 2024 would be little more than blips on the radar screen. Unlike Tira Tora Tora there is no sleeping giant to awaken. Just my opinion.

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      • kidme37 Says:

        Based on the fact that the repubs have never turned back any of the democrat implemented life sucking problems, I agree.
        Maybe we’d get some Temporary tax and price relief.

        Useless is slightly better than evil (maybe) but is no long term fix.
        I do wonder if we shouldn’t expedite America’s fall into the abyss. Maybe rock bottom would provide the focus needed to fix this nightmare.

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      • markone1blog Says:

        Only if you keep electing Democrats.

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    • markone1blog Says:

      My statement was incomplete. While we need to get the money to follow the child, we also need to eliminate the money pit known as Jimmy Carter’s Department of Education (aka the presidential peanut farmer’s gift to the teacher’s union).

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  3. Phantom of the Blogosphere Says:

     Biden says that “Proof of Citizenship, or Voter ID” Is Voter Suppression”!And I say, Your full of Crap Joey!And Joey  said that requiring Voter ID is in the same realm as “Jim Crow 2.0″…. There he goes again.. Everything that the Republicans want, he calls “Racist”, or “Jim Crow”. This is the same clown who  also said banning Felons from voting is “Slavery”But he’s OK with those MILLIONS of  illegals coming across the border and will find some way to vote in the upcoming 2022 election, and then again in 2024.!So let me see if I understand this…There are very strict requirements to provide proof of COVID Vaccination for dining in public ANYWHERE in New York City,. But somehow proving that  your citizenship to vote, is voter “Suppression”?  I just can’t understand how or why someone can demand to see proof of vaccination before you can fly anywhere, or go into a restaurant,  or do whatever, but voting without ANY proof of citizenship is okay! Are you kidding me?Are you not required by law to be a citizen in order to vote? I’ll tell you what Joey, all that I’m  asking for  is an explanation of how and why requiring a voter ID equates to voter Suppression. That’s all I’m asking!  But Joey and his ilk thinks that some of his Voters  are too stupid and lazy to get a Free ID,Your bunch of wise ass’s in Congress and the rest of the  Lefties are screaming their bone-heads off about it because “Some” people won’t be able to  get photo-copies of their ID’s….., people have from now until November to get some form of acceptable voter ID  that ought to be more than enough time.   So, why can’t they do that?  If there are states that do not provide an acceptable and free voter ID, then I have to ask why the democratic party is so hot about voter suppression but won’t demand funding to pay for free ID’s. Why aren’t they out everywhere making sure that every citizen that wants to vote can get a voter ID? You guys want a Vaccine ID, right?   You don’t seem to have any trouble asking everyone to get that!   But you don’t want everyone to have a voter ID?     Why the hell not?   Let them get an ID otherwise  it’s too damn bad!   But your story about VOTER SUPPRESSION is a load of crap.And even if we do have Voter IDs, these sleazy  roaches will  figure out another way to “RIG” elections.

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  4. markone1blog Says:

    After the first two sentences, I was really expecting either a Johnnie Carson monologue or a Rodney Dangerfield one liner.

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  5. kidme37 Says:

    Could I have a candy bar instead of a cigar ?

    Liked by 2 people

    • peter3nj Says:

      While never a fan of raisinets, since a child and continuing to this day I am a diehard fan of chocolate covered goobers. No, I did not vote for Jimmy -I have lust in my heart- Carter who much to his credit warned of the dangers of mail in ballots/voting.

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  6. peter3nj Says:

    My older son graduated from the 8th grade in White-landia in June, 1995. We enrolled him at St Peters Prep, a Jesuit run high school in Jersey City, NJ. For this top flight education the tuition, which included text books, was $4,500. 00 per school year. At this point in time the cost to the taxpayers of New Jersey for educating Newark’s public school system students was $13,000.00. But then the taxpayers of NJ were getting more bang for the buck in Newark, literally in the form of free breakfast, free lunch, metal detectors, armed guards, baby sitting services just to name a few gimmies. When a Newark public school became uninhabitable we taxpayers built them a new one named after some black nationalist; or a Muslim we may have never heard of in our racist white communities (actually whites don’t have communities- it doesn’t take a village to bring up a white baby unless he/she is a product of miscegenation.) Today, taken from St Peter’s website :Tuition for the 2021-22 academic year is $20,234. The lion’s share of our tuition goes directly to pay salaries and health benefits of our faculty and staff. Majority-Black Newark Public Schools spent $23,938 per pupil in school year 2020. Presumably private school students were educated in the classroom while the public school students learned at home. So who is getting more bang for the buck?

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  7. nrringlee Says:

    On the highest position on both the classical progressive (think Woodrow Wilson) and New Left Progressive (think Billy Ayers) target lists you find the public monopoly of education. Their specific intent in both cases was and is to dominate the content and management of this monopoly in order to create a dual class of American: elites and serfs. Early educational theory by these Darwinists included dual tracks: one public and mediocre and one private and elite. This way the progressives can create the necessary armies of drones to man factories and service sectors and the requisite number of ‘elites’ to manage the masses. Neat theory but it runs completely counter to the American Dream and the American Covenant with the God of Abraham. The solution is not reform of the standing monopoly, the Leviathan that is public monopoly public education. Something called Public Choice Theory by James Buchanan of George Mason University will render your faith in the willingness and ability of public bureaucracies to reform themselves or submit themselves to reform will be rendered dead on arrival. The ‘reform’ you seek can only be found in free markets, choice for all. Everybody. yes, friends, black families on welfare get choice just like the families on Cape Cod get choice in educational options. Universal School Vouchers solve the problem of unresponsive bureaucracies who only seek self-preservation at the expense of mission. Take your fair share of my property tax money and find the best option suited to your child. I shall do the same for my grandkids. This kind of thinking is a direct threat to the survival of not only public schools (and we just bought new band uniforms!) but to one of the most insidious and self serving groups of public leeches in existence: School teacher and school bureaucrat unions. And don’t forget the major beneficiary of all of this public funded waste: the once Democratic Party. One fell swoop. Terrible swift sword. Problem fixed. Quickly and in a most American manner. Freedom. Free choice.

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