Knowing the colleges today, it wasn’t at all surprising to hear that the Reed College (OR) infestation known as “Reedies Against Racism” are successfully purging the white Western authors out of a Western Civ class. “Readin’ be raciss!” is, I think, their cry.
In another, saner age, tossing the Greeks and Romans out of any intro to humanities class would have amounted to heresy, idiocy, and intolerable intellectual dishonesty. Now it’s trendy.
And it really doesn’t matter much. Or it won’t in a few years. If the patterns in secondary education (here meaning
middle junior high and high schools) hold, then none of the very near future “students” will be able to read. Or comprehend basic math.
Hot on the heels of NAEP news about high school seniors being ignoramuses, and the schools being utter frauds, comes more news of a similar sort:
Sixty-five percent of the eighth graders in American public schools in 2017 were not proficient in reading and 67 percent were not proficient in mathematics, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress test results released by the U.S. Department of Education.
The results are far worse for students enrolled in some urban districts.
Among the 27 large urban districts for which the Department of Education published 2017 NAEP test scores, the Detroit public schools had the lowest percentage of students who scored proficient or better in math and the lowest percentage who scored proficient or better in reading.
Only 5 percent of Detroit public-school eighth graders were proficient or better in math. Only 7 percent were proficient or better in reading.
One honestly has to ask, with 5 and 7 percent competency rates, what the hell is the point? Imported from Detroit? No thanks, you can keep it.
In perspective and preemptive answer to the “need more money” malarkey: in 2017 Detroit registered 45,511 “students”. Their 2017 budget totaled $638.4 million. See: 2017 Budget, as Adopted. That means, and I know this would be hard for Detroit eighth graders to grasp, they spent $14,027.38 per student. For the “.38” I rounded up, which means … nevermind.
WaPo said the US average spending per student was $10,700 in 2013. A run through the old CPI calculator gives a 2017 average of $11,283. (A Calculator is this thing invented by white Western racists to … nevermind).
Thus, and I know this is really hard, Detroit spent 124% the national average on each of its “students.” That’s 24% more. “2” and “4” are even numbers. “%” means “percentage,” per-cent-age. That’s a proportional relationship between numbers. Consult Archimedes, Ptolemy, or Newton. No, don’t consult them, the Reedies say not to…
To make this as plain as possible: Detroit spent more on its “students” and still got laughable results.
How many Detroit teachers were fired for this atrocity? My guess is somewhere close to zero. Zero – which, in a year or two, may equal the exact number of Detroit “students” who can read their own names and recite their own ages without resort to digital summation.
*See: I use a little sarcastic humor in an attempt to lighten up what is otherwise complete and utter depressing bullshit. Not working, is it?*
Not much works, nationwide. A chart of State reading readiness:
Way to go, Taxachusetts! Just a wee bit more effort and a tiny fractional majority (so sorry for the continued rubbing in of the advanced calculus-speak) of the young mushheads will get the nuances of Sally, Dick, and Jane and their tireless work running Spot.
Mississippi: At Least We Ain’t New Mexico!
New Mexico: You’re a disgrace to Old Mexico. (Seriously, MX had a 94.47% literacy rate in 2017).
Working, toying with the myth that increased funding raises test scores (and, presumably, learning retention), to get Detroit up to Mexican levels of literacy, they would need to spend about $189,000 per student per year. Over 13 years, K – 12, that’s $2,457,000 – without compounding any interest. It might be, if it was affordable, better to just set that sum aside for each “student” in an idiot trust.
Either way, the idiot part seems certain.
Now, this isn’t to condemn all education in America, even the government-sponsored variety. But it sheds light on a dark, disturbing subject.
In contrast, homeschool parents spend around $900 per year for each of their students (not in quotes). I don’t know what level of competency they get for that kind of money but I’ll bet it’s better than 7%. Better than 49%. Probably on par with Mexican standards.
How to fix this?
Abolish the schools. Or defund the fire out of them. Or watch the spiral continue to the point that SJW projectionist racists won’t even know what to be outraged by next. Think of the
SJWs “students” children.