Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Too Bad We Can't Gain Independence from the Lousy American Educational System

Post-Independence Day, I was struck by this latest installment of Jaywalking.

Lest you think these are just some random outliers, note that at pretty much the same time, the Marist poll recently released results on a survey conducted on our history. They called 1,000 adults and asked them from where the U.S. claimed their independence. Here's their write up:

There’s good news for American education. About three-quarters of residents — 74% — know the U.S. declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776. The bad news for the academic system — 26% do not. This 26% includes one-fifth who are unsure and 6% who thought the U.S. separated from another nation. That begs the question, “From where do the latter think the U.S. achieved its independence?” Among the countries mentioned are France, China, Japan, Mexico, and Spain.

One in four of our adults have no clue about the birth of this country, yet the billions that get spent annually on education is still not enough; the educational machine continually asks for more. How about instead of granting tenure, taking days off, modifying lesson plans to instill personal and/or political bias, molesting our kids, and otherwise wasting our money you get the answer to this one down to something like 10% wrong? Can you do that, big public education?

I didn't think so...

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