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Common Core is failing America’s kids

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Common Core is failing America’s kids

Common Core is failing America’s kids
March 16
00:05 2020

Perhaps the greatest failure in America today is our education system.  The public school system is failing to educate our children – and the problem is acute when it comes to minority students in our segregated major cities.

For generations, callous Democrat administrations have intentionally provided lower quality of education for students trapped in segregated and impoverished inner cities ruled over by single-party political machines.  Destroying the potential – and even the very lives – of blacks and Hispanics is their immoral public policy since the days of southern segregation.

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Poor education, however, is not solely a racial problem.  Our public school systems, in general, have been failing America’s kids for 70 years – give or take a decade or so.  The American public education system — that was once the envy of the world — is now operating at third-world levels for too many students.

In some surveys, the United States is ranked as the second-best education system in the world – just behind the United Kingdom.  But that maybe only for those who participate in it.  For example, of the nations in which students complete college degrees, America is not near the top.

The nations with the greatest college completion rates are China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, and Russia.  It is even more embarrassing if you examine the top nations in which students at least complete high school.  They are Finland, Japan Russia, Kazakhstan, and Croatia.

The longstanding standard for judging the quality of American education has been the highly respected National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test.  Recent results indicate that student achievement is dropping since 2015 – after years of inching up from a previous low.  It is no coincidence that the decline is directly related to the spread of the Common Core program.  For the years since Common Core has been fully deployed, test scores have dropped.

Joy Pullmann, writing for The Federalist, noted that “The class of 2019, the first to experience all four high school years under Common Core, is the worst prepared for college in 15 years.”

And it is not just Common Core that has undermined American public education.  Unionism has shifted the focus and the funds away from the classroom and toward compensation, benefits, and pensions.  Like all public sector unions, they have fought against teacher accountability.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said that two-thirds of the nation’s students are not proficient readers.  And in the critically important math and sciences, the situation is worse. It is one of the reasons that we are importing foreign students for all those high-paying techie jobs while too many American students are flipping burgers at McDonald’s.

Third-world nations – such as China and India – are turning out the best and the brightest in terms of the needs of a complex future world.  In response to our educational systems failure, we are promoting an increase in vocational training.  Essentially, we have been dumbing-down our education system for decades – and we are reaping the results.

Unless we produce the best and the brightest children – and incidentally, a lot fewer lawyers—America will relinquish its world leadership in just about everything.  Hopefully, it is not already too late.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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