Ralph PetersFamily Security Matters
During a workout last weekend, I watched and listened as Secretary of Education Arne Duncan bemoaned our â€œcrumbling schools.â€ Sorry, but itâ€™s not our schools that are crumbling, Mr. Secretary: Itâ€™s our values. The wildly uneven, too-often-inadequate state of our Kindergarten-through-high-school system is a symptom of cultural cancer: We have become a slothful, self-indulgent, self-pitying nation of whining excuse-makers. We all want Aâ€™s for no effort. Our teachers and their students reflect our general culture of indiscipline and self-congratulation. Nor is it only the mopey-dopey left that has infected our public schools with a culture of mediocrity, when not outright failure. We all share in the blame (of which more below).
But we canâ€™t even discuss the problem honestly and have to trim the conversation to keep it within politically correct patterns. Well, when yet another survey trumpets that the U.S. has fallen to sixth place in teaching math or science, or that weâ€™re fifteenth in education overall, my reaction is â€œOkay, break those scores out by specific school locations.â€ Generally, our suburban and many small-town schools still deliver competitive (if less than optimal) educations. Our statistics skew sharply downward because of the appalling conditions in the inner-city and barrio holding pens and teacherâ€™s-union bunkers we pretend are real schools. Read More: http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.10766/pub_detail.asp