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America’s crumbling education system is in the news. On October 5th, Joe Biden managed to disgorge some dismal indicators as to the future prospects of America’s youth compared to the rest of the developed world.

Joe didn’t quite say it, but America’s kids, the product of an obscenely well-funded school system, rank last in the developed world in reading, writing and math, making homegrown retardation a far more pressing problem in modern-day America than homegrown terrorism.

Yet conservatives have kept insisting, throughout the Covid lockdowns and quarantines, that kids were missing out on an education because they were out of school.

To paraphrase Joan Rivers, how can you miss out on a rash? (When Madonna accused Lady Gaga of stealing her music, the great, late, lady Joan wanted to know how you could steal a rash.)

A particularly startling fact caught my attention in the Economist. “At 15, children in Massachusetts, where education standards are higher than in most states, are so far behind their counterparts in Shanghai at math, that it would take them more than two years of regular education to catch up.”

This last fact is enormously telling and alarming. It tells you that America’s best schools and students can’t compete with the world’s best.

As the author further quipped cynically, “American children came top at thinking they were good at math, but bottom at math.”

There’s no doubt that American kids are drowning in self-esteem. As someone who had warned, in the early 2000s, about unrealistic, dangerous levels of self-esteem—I would contend that inflated self-esteem and narcissism not only mask failure, but create pumped up nihilists, ready to unleash on their surrounds, unless met with palliative praise.

Yes, self-esteem is the royal jelly upon which America’s children are raised. Our child-centered, non-hierarchical, collaborative, progressive schooling has produced kids who do not believe they can and should be corrected; and when corrected lash out in anger or bewilderment.

Indeed, to listen to our university students speak—is to hear a foreboding amalgam of dumbness and supreme confidence combined. Yet they are often high achievers in the kind of schools “tailored” for just such sub-par output. The achievement Bell Curve has been skewed.

With welcome exceptions, the young can hardly string together coherent, grammatical sentences. They open their mouths and out tumble nothing but inane, mind-numbing cliches and banalities spoken in gravelly, grating, staccato tones. Vocal fry, the linguists call this loathsome sound.

Once upon a time, linguists would have sent our Eliza Doolittles for elocution lessons. Make her sound less rough, more refined.

Eliza, of “My Fair Lady” fame, was treated paternalistically, no doubt. Pedagogic paternalism can be fixed; not so a student’s studied ignorance. And these days, the Kardashian-style guttural growl is considered precious. Linguists name it and study it, instead of crushing it.

In fairness to the kids, anyone under 50 seems to be similarly afflicted: This cohort can’t use tenses, prepositions and adjectives grammatically and creatively, or appreciate a clever turn-of-phrase, or conjugate verbs correctly. Has anyone noticed that the past perfect tense is dead in America? People will relate that they “had went” to school or “had came back from the cinema.”

Pidgin English is what the young, high-school graduate speaks. Pidgin English, or Ebonics if black. Oh, yes: Ethnic linguistic affectation and oddities are treasured as culturally and politically precious and authentic, rather than just lazy and plain ghastly.

Inanities and redundancies make their way into compositions, too, where sentences are audaciously prefaced with, “I feel like”:

“Like, I want to give back.”

“Like, I want to make the world a better place.”

“I feel like, it’s important to love myself” (teaching textbook narcissism).

“I feel like, we need to unite.”

“Like, follow your passion.”

Hallmark cards are edgier, more original and intuitively truer than the monolithic minds of America’s young, and those who’ve raised and taught them.

Clearly, people even more illiterate than the students are setting these sub-standards, giving kids A’s for output that showcases an inability to distill, summarize and generate ideas, and ethically cite sources. In use is only the most rudimentary, emotionally evocative language, for lack of a solid, ever-accreting vocabulary, higher-order thinking, and proper restraint in affect.

As to restraint: Not coincidentally, an asphyxiating hysteria simmers beneath the surface of the prose to match the vapid vocabulary, whereby breathy figures of speech are deployed to fit a simpleton’s febrile, emotionally overwrought state-of-mind:

“Unbelievable, incredibly embarrassing, amazing, OMG!” In short, exclamatory utterances.

As to edginess: America’s young have not been given the analytical tools with which to question received opinion. And, in tackling the “tyranny and arrogant authority” tied to Covid and Critical Race Theory, the kids have been mostly establishment-compliant: 40% of millennials favor the suppression of insensitive speech. It is the oldies who’ve stood up. Young people have, sadly, been readily inclined to accept and follow authority’s orders at all time.

Language mediates thought—and actions. You cannot express or develop worthwhile thoughts without a command of the language.

I feel for the kids. They are not to blame. Their arrogant idiocy, inculcated in schools, is carefully cultivated and then reinforced with incontinent praise from pedagogues and parents alike, from K to university.

Progressive schools and teachers—overseen by teachers unions—are responsible for the quantifiable rot; for the monument-smashing, monumental ignorance among America’s youth.

As to the formative figures in the child’s life. More shocking numbers: “Less than half (48%) of all American adults were proficient readers in 2017. American fourth graders (nine-to ten-year-olds) rank 15th on the Progress in International Literacy Study, an international exam.”

“And only 12% [of us] are considered by the country’s health department to be ‘health-literate’. Over one-third struggle with basic health tasks, such as following prescription-drug directions.” The numbers come via the Economist.

Conservatives like Candace Owens have equated keeping kids out of school with keeping kids dumb and compliant. How is that so, if schools are producing kids this banal, boorish and bossy?

WATCH: “American Kids Come Top At THINKING They’re Good At Math, But Bottom At Math, Reading, Writing”

 
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  1. The US uniquely leaves children’s education to amateurs with no training in education.

    School boards are often dominated by wannabe politicians and women more interested in nurturing children than challenging them.

    • Agree: Occasional lurker
    • Replies: @Gene Su
  2. I have always been struck by the inability of Americans to master the past conditional tense (pluperfect). I have seen and heard it over and over again. It first came to my attention back in about 1960: the Gene Pitney song “24 Hours To Tulsa” includes the lines “If I didn’t have a dime and I didn’t take the time..”. What he meant (in correct grammatical English) is: If I hadn’t had the time and I hadn’t taken the time. Of course it would not scan, but at least it would not be grammatical nonsense. Unfortunately the American rot is spreading. I recently heard a young Australian swimmer on TV saying “if I didn’t train hard back then, I wouldn’t be on the team now”. It makes me sigh and weep.

    • Agree: Alternate History
    • Replies: @Bro43rd
  3. ruralguy says:

    Excellent article, Ilana. In the late 1970s-1980s, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) decided to remove grammar instruction from American schools, because the “harmful effects” it has on “non-standard dialect speakers.” This was one of the earliest events in the woke revolution. In subsequent years, grammar has been mostly removed from schools. It’s barely taught now.

    • Thanks: ILANA Mercer
    • Replies: @Dee Jay
    , @Susan
  4. A. Teachers have to give inflated grades or administrations will fire them.

    B. That’s some bedroom there. We have no recourse but the opinions of rich people.

    • Replies: @Gidoutahere
  5. Now, now, Ms. Mercer … we aren’t allowed to use the “r” word any more. I think the speech police prefer “developmentally challenged,” but this, like many of their euphemisms, is an inversion of the real problem.

    • LOL: ILANA Mercer
  6. Renoman says:

    Here here! Canada too. You didn’t mention lazy and unmotivated? They will be eaten alive by the new immigrants, very embarrassing.

    • Replies: @Anthony Aaron
  7. If anyone wants to change the dynamic in education, start by getting rid of the humanities and social sciences. They are poison to the mind, teaching as truth their opinions on how they think the world should be.

    The US is losing out in every area except for how to kill people. US weapons are first rate and the number of morons the military manages to find to follow orders is a symptom of how poorly educated the average person is. They get out of school barely literate, if that, and can’t find a job in the private sector so they end up soldiers.

    Corporations can’t find the talent they need, so they lobby for visas to bring in trained minds from elsewhere, displacing the dorks the school system has turned out.

    Want kids to be educated? Cancel all sports in a school setting. Cancel all professional sports. What the hell is professional sports but mostly black morons chasing some ball. Stop it.

    • Troll: Chris Mallory
    • Replies: @Susan
  8. The tests results comparing countries come from PISA but Steve has already analyzed the results

    When you split up the US test scores by race

    Asian Americans score slightly lower than east Asian countries

    White Americans perform similar to the Europeans in Europe

    There is nothing wrong with our education system, the US scores the lowest because they have the most non whites and non east Asians

    Highly selected h1b Indian children also do well but only if they are highly selected

    • Agree: Chris Mallory, Old Prude
    • Replies: @ruralguy
  9. Realist says:

    With welcome exceptions, the young can hardly string together coherent, grammatical sentences. They open their mouths and out tumble nothing but inane, mind-numbing cliches and banalities spoken in gravelly, grating, staccato tones. Vocal fry, the linguists call this loathsome sound.

    Yes, vocal fry and up talk…are very annoying…and telling.
    It signals to me the person is trying to be a part of the in crowd…monkey see, monkey do.

    Good article and observations.

  10. George 1 says:

    If you allow your children to attend public school you are guilty of child abuse. The same applies to many private schools.

    • Agree: Chris Mallory
  11. ruralguy says:
    @Hbd investor

    PISA measures cognitive and conative skills, by measuring reading comprehension. This is a fairly direct measure of many of the skills on an IQ composite test. The PISA tests was designed to show how children will function in the real world. It should correlate to IQ scores, because of what they are measuring. U.S. Whites are at 525 which is higher than black’s 448, but below Asian’s 556. The score’s aren’t great, because a 505 average correlates to somewhere between a 5th and 7th grade reading comprehension.

    As a K-12 parent, I’ve never seen the core subjects taught badly, but English grammar is no longer taught at all, or barely. But, the subjects aren’t taught well, either. The common core curriculum is highly ideological and isn’t pursuing exceptional educational standards. It has been dumbed down to help Blacks and Hispanics. K-12 schools are almost all highly toxic (poor behaviors, drugs) and very “woke”, based on the six schools my children have attended. Their latest school has been consistently rated in the top 5 in the state, but illegal drug use and behavioral problems are a very serious problem. My children’s’ classmates were very smart, but very few are ambitious.

    Based on this, Ilana’s thesis is really true. The school curriculums are structured to produce retards, because they are dumbed down, but children who are well supervised by their parents can graduate with good educations (not exceptional).

  12. @obwandiyag

    Well, you just gave your opinion. As far as opulent bedrooms go it’s obvious you don’t have a House and Garden subscription.

  13. in gravelly, grating, staccato tones. Vocal fry, the linguists call this loathsome sound.

    Feminine vocal fry is the opposite of staccato. Mercer again strains for adjective bloat, the bullpen twin of her other secret weapon, tasteless alliteration. However, I support nearly anyone who attempts to dampen “I feel like” / “had ran over” mania, which has infected even natural writers like Andrew Anglin.

    More examples of drone ‘speech’

    Not popularly understood, but vocal fry began with men, and most of them get a pass in their sex-desperate attempts to have ‘deep’ voices which attract women. Women—like most humans, unobservant—are fooled by these posers. Saw a woman at UR purring over the alleged deep strong voice of some guy at a podium. Of course: hilarious vocal fryer. Few men have genuinely deep voices; the rest, including many famous actors, croak it. Alex Jones is a good example (gravel, not fry), with a pleasant normal (higher) voice when not doing perma-frog. Good luck finding examples online.

    Side note regarding upside-down-world: The primary song (‘Express Yourself’) Madonna alleged requisitioned by Lady Gaga (likely subconsciously) was that ultra-rare thing for Madonna: good. She also, for perhaps the only time in her career, sang mostly in tune. Joan Rivers, a true talent, saw opportunity and made the joke, but it was no rash.

  14. JessicaR says:

    I just spent five years teaching freshman-year composition in a deep red, southern state. It seems to me that this article overstates both young people’s arrogance and young people’s ignorance.

    I did not find very many undergraduates who mouthed cliches at me. That function was reserved for professors and graduate students, who were the worst offenders.

    In fact, I found that the vast majority of students I worked with were kind, compassionate, and relatively thoughtful. I often wonder how my experience and the experience of writers like Ilana Mercer can be so different.

    • Replies: @ruralguy
  15. SafeNow says:

    Picasso famously said that he had to learn to paint people with two eyes and one nose before he could paint people with one eye and two noses. When I attended good suburban schools a zillion years ago, they taught the two-eyes things. The teachers were not especially brilliant or well-trained, but they were quite good at teaching the basics using traditional and largely mechanical and formalized methods. The students overwhelmingly sat still for it. Most students could explain quite well why
    the Ancient Mariner shot the albatross. Sports practice was one hour in length. I managed to get into an “elite” New England university, and found that I knew more and could think better then my classmates who were rich and had attended private schools. That was then.

    • Replies: @Susan
  16. ruralguy says:
    @JessicaR

    College and high school students’ personalities really don’t change, over the decades. They are always inherently-youthfully optimistic, kind, and most are thoughtful. Yet, today, their environment is much different and more stressful than yesteryears, so too many struggle with negative social pressure, anxieties, and drugs. My children are in the high school to college transition, so I’ve read many essays from their classmates in their college English/Composition classes, that they are required to peer review. I’ve also read many college essays that my children edit for their friends. Those essays are universally bleak, primarily because both K-12 and college English instructors encourage them, through the assign “rubrics,” to write as victims. You are likely young, so you likely see this as normal. I went to college 45 years ago (I’m a very older dad). The present writing standards are flat-out awful today — not even close to the standards used back then. In the 1970s, the rubrics (called topics back then) and the essays were always upbeat, not the dreary and dark ones that I’ve seen in my children’s classmate’s essays. I’ve read probably about 20 of them, including expositions and college-entrance essays. They are all very alarming, Jessica. It’s not normal.

  17. Bro43rd says:
    @Bernard Davis

    Your comment is “irony” defined, lol!

    • Replies: @schnellandine
  18. @Bro43rd

    You say that over a typo?

    • Replies: @Alexandros
  19. Rahan says:

    One year of high school should be mandatory on another continent and in another culture. Asia, Africa, Europe.

    This will:
    a) place the little turds outside their bubble,
    b) show them other realities exist, and
    c) make them slightly less susceptible to homegrown propaganda when they come back.

    Promote this as something to do with enrichment, diversity, and getting rid of bias and mumble-mumble-centricity, and the liberasts will be on board.

    A year of school and board in most places in the world will actually be cheaper for the US.

    • Disagree: Chris Mallory
    • Replies: @Sick 'n Tired
  20. Dee Jay says:
    @ruralguy

    Grammar instruction ended in my 98 % white school system in the late 1960’s.

    • Replies: @HbutnotG
  21. harv654 says:

    All the negative things going on in today’s youth is linked to an explosive rise in autism rate over the last 30 years.

    The spectrum is from totally mentally retarded to almost invisible at the mildest end

    Why are we hearing so much about trans kids? most trans kids are autistic, so a rise in autism will lead to a rise in trans kids.

    Many of these SJW types are probably on the spectrum as they have many of the symptoms of mild autism, including rigid obsessive views including other mental health issues that follow a rise in mental illness in general.

    Even the mixing up of pronouns and language is a core symptom of autism.

    Vaccines, the food, water i dont know but an entire generation of kids have had their brains fucked up under our nose

  22. Svevlad says:

    I don’t see any of them surviving in the genetic records in the future. A mental self-defense genocide of sorts will occur at some point.

  23. Unit472 says:

    TV was once decried as a ”Vast Wasteland” but even silly shows like “Lost in Space” had literate dialogue. Jonathan Harris who played the cowardly Dr. Smith did wonders for my 6th grade vocabulary with his alliterative insults of the robot. Rod Serlings Twilight Zone, lacking CGI and explosions, had to have well written scripts to bring the viewer in. Even Westerns had their educated gunslingers. Richard Boone, a Stanford graduate, who played the hired gun Paladin would quote some classic poet or writer after shooting the bad guy to death.

    TV today is a far more visual medium than the grainy B&W TV shows of 50+ years ago and this, combined with the proliferation of negro actors and content has contributed to the dumbing down of America.

    Pop music is even worse. Vulgar doggerel by ghetto hoodlums has replaced the lyrics of the Beatles and Chuck Berry

  24. [Insert my screen name]

    The columnist likely did not major in a hard science. My observation is that the less someone knows about math and science, e.g. lawyer-politicians, the more they want (usually other people’s] kids to grind away at those serious subjects.

    We homeschooled, with an emphasis on the 3Rs. Our strongest, natural mathematician became a happy, starving artist. Be sure that we don’t care that somebody else’s kid might decide to pursue a career other than STEM. Why do someone else’s personal, life choices matter to the columnist? (The USG cares because it wants to ensure a steady supply of technicians to design its next-gen, nm-precision guided napalm bombs.)

  25. Gene Su says:
    @Godfree Roberts

    Godfree Roberts, you are full of baloney. A lot of people, including Ilana Mercer, are totally in the dark about the real problem affecting our public school system. Let me restate some memories from an earlier post.

    I grew up in a lily white suburb about 20 miles from where Robert Weissburg grew up. I attended the public school there until eighth grade. Over 90 percent of my classmates were European white.

    From grade 4 to 6, I learned absolutely no new math skills. I read Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer in second grade on my own. I was not assigned the sequel, Huck Finn, until I was a sophomore in parochial school.

    Now about discipline: Ilana Mercer and Colin Flaherty can rail all they want about how inner city schools allow black hoodlums off the hook when they become violent in the classroom. However, I know for a fact that even in a white public school, corporal punishment is not allowed and it can be very difficult to expel a white troublemaker. I also encountered more than a few white teachers and parents who were willing to protect their brats from punishment.

    The problem isn’t with the pupils and the teachers. It is with a system that does not reward learning or discipline but demands the inclusion of all children whether they deserve or want to be there or not. Joe Clark, the black principal who recently passed away, was fired for trying to bring discipline to the Paterson public school he oversaw.

  26. @Renoman

    Which new immigrants? The ones coming from countries south of the United States are, by and large, not only illiterate in English — but they’re illiterate in their native language.

    The government of mexico acknowledged this and other inconvenient truths when Trump became POTUS and threatened to stop all immigration from mexico: their people have no job skills; their people will be a drain on the mexican economy (whatever that is besides drugs and pushing illegals into the US), and they will likely turn to a life of crime … all of these are reasons that mexico has pushed so diligently for more than 60 years to have their people invade the US.

    The folks coming from haiti — pretty much the same old, same old — along with folks from virtually anywhere in africa.

    • Replies: @HbutnotG
  27. Susan says:
    @ruralguy

    Affirmative action has ruined everything, education especially. Incompetent, affirmative action teachers who can’t teach much of anything are in too many classrooms. They can’t speak proper English so they certainly couldn’t teach it. It’s all about affirmative action. If black students can’t learn it it won’t be taught to anyone.

    • Replies: @HbutnotG
  28. Susan says:
    @RoatanBill

    Affirmative action MUST be stopped in order to fix anything. Affirmative action has ruined everything. Too many AA teachers who don’t know anything and certainly can’t teach anything are in too many classrooms. Kids learn nothing from these wastrels who are not intelligent enough to know what they don’t know.

  29. Susan says:
    @SafeNow

    “That was then.” That was before affirmative action ruined EVERYTHING.

  30. You’re on the right track, but it’s not enough to get rid of the anti white laws.

    There should be no public schools. Period. All schools should be private where parents have hire / fire ability via their wallets. If a school isn’t doing as well as expected, it will lose students and shut down allowing a more competent school to take over. The money wasted on public schools via taxes, bond proposals, etc can all be stopped if they no longer exist.

    It’s the near monopoly the public schools have and their school boards and unions that guarantee a lousy education. All of it needs to disappear.

    • Agree: Liberty Mike
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  31. @RoatanBill

    Public education centralization in America was championed by Horace Mann who, like the Know-Nothings that followed him, was rabidly anti-Catholic.

    I know that you are not a fan of the Catholic church, but it has always furnished a better education than that which has been provided by the state.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  32. @Liberty Mike

    My first 8 years of education was via a catholic school. I got a good education in the essentials that prepared me to pass the tests to get into one of 3 special public schools in New York, Brooklyn Tech in my case. Half way through grammar school I rejected the religious nonsense and refused to go to church which pained my mother no end. In class I was a model student but I knew what to reject as bullshit even at an early age.

    I’m a rabid anti religion person because they are all indoctrination centers to prepare weak minds to become supporters of government and other cults. They teach the individual to become a team player, to go with the flow, to not make waves and to eventually wear a costume that provides the wearer with immunity from prosecution when they murder or assist in murdering people in foreign lands as prescribed by the degenerates in gov’t.

    • Replies: @Liberty Mike
  33. @RoatanBill

    Like you, I am a Catholic school and public school survivor.

    In kindergarten, I was scolded by the nun for disobeying her command to remain at our desks while she was out of the classroom. While she was out of the classroom, a situation developed: I was confronted with the choice of being obedient or getting to the boys’ room.

    I hesitated, but my urinary tract did not. After belatedly deciding to disobey the nun, I tried to make it to the boys’ room. I didn’t make it and peed all over myself and the floor.

    Ever since that day, I have never been impressed with authority.

  34. The problem with education goes back over a century.

    In our dreams, we have limitless resources and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present education conventions fade from their minds, and unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning, or men of science. We have not to raise up from among them authors, editors, poets or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians nor lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen, of whom we have an ample supply…The task we set before ourselves is very simple as well as a very beautiful one, to train these people as we find them to a perfectly ideal life just where they are. So we will organize our children and teach them to do in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way, in the homes, in the shops and on the farm.
    Frederick T. Gates – General Education Board, Occasional Papers, No. 1 (General Education Board, New York, 1913)

  35. Like has been said, government schools are child abuse.

    My daughter has gone to a private Christian school since kindergarten. The ACT scores of juniors are some of the best in the state, always higher than the local public schools and usually in the top 10 in the state. She took the ACT this past summer after her Freshman year. She scored a 21 without having taken the higher math or science classes yet. Once she gets trig and chemistry under her belt, I expect her score will be quite a bit higher.

    They had almost a full year of in person classes last year and have had in person classes this year with no mask requirement. The number of students doubled this year from last, parents are sick of the Chinaflu hysteria. They have had a few kids test positive and quarantine, but all exposures were outside of school.

  36. @RoatanBill

    It’s always the same story: Narcissists who cannot tolerate people who see things differently.

    As it relates to public education, the city folk, e.g. highly educated lawyers and merchants, could not stand the fact that country farmers were content that their own kids spent “only” 90 days/yr in [the family funded, little red schoolhouse], and stopped age 14.

    Naturally, the busybodies claimed their own moral superiority by asserting that spending tax dollars, so as to triple the amount of time that kids would spend in school, and making attendance mandatory, was for the benefit of the kids.

  37. HbutnotG says:
    @Anthony Aaron

    Immigrants to Canada are largely from India and China. And yes, they are far better educated in the stuff that really counts.

  38. HbutnotG says:
    @Susan

    It has ruined medicine.

  39. HbutnotG says:
    @Dee Jay

    Grammar per se was not my favorite subject – in fact I thought it was a waste of time. But I won two city wide scholastic writing awards – one in 10th grade, and another in 12th grade. I didn’t need no stinking grammar.

  40. Old Prude says:

    Public Schools do too much PC indoctrination, but when disaggregated by race, US students are doing OK. Too many low IQ immigrants is a problem.

    That Youtube video is crap. I didn’t bother watching it. Weird looking woman taking five times longer to read off cue cards than it would take me to just read the transcript… TLDNWatch.

  41. @Rahan

    Place them in country by their GPAs, 4.0 goes to Japan, 3.0 to Europe/Australia, 2.0 to a country that ends in -Stan, and lower than 2.0 goes to the African country the dice select.

    • LOL: Rahan
  42. This level of stupidity (math etc.) is acceptable.

    Hell, this is not just acceptable; it is glorified:

  43. @schnellandine

    That typo makes it incredibly hard to understand what the hell he is getting at. I still don’t.

    • Replies: @schnellandine
  44. Libertarians like you a partly responsible. American public high school syllabi are a joke compared to other highly developed countries, teacher education is below the standards in other developed countries, and libertarians don’t mind that at all because American companies and universities can always brain drain the countries with better public education.
    Affirmative action dumbing down and ghetto schools full of behaviorally challenged kids are factors, too, but one root of the problem is that American “conservatives” never stood up for high quality public education.

  45. @Alexandros

    That typo

    Paste the typo and I’ll fix it. Not the whole post; just the typo.

  46. Lisa G. says:

    but America’s kids, the product of an obscenely well-funded school system, rank last in the developed world in reading, writing and math, making homegrown retardation a far more pressing problem in modern-day America than homegrown terrorism.

    Yet conservatives have kept insisting, throughout the Covid lockdowns and quarantines, that kids were missing out on an education because they were out of school.

    We have the same problem in Canada (Quebec). The main problem is that mothers don’t want to educate and take care of their children. They prefer to dump them in K subsidized by the government when they are as young as 2 or 3 months. It’s pathetic. When they start going to school, children are completely indoctrinated by a system of education based on the diktats (the ”values”) of the liberal party. Teachers are not allowed to have their own course plans or teaching methods.

    There is virtually no resistance to the Liberals. (Just an example: about 90% of Quebecers accepted to be double vaxed, one, if not the highest percentage in the world, which is probably due to a serious lack of knowledge in science).

    Now children will have electronic courses (simplified courses with very short sentences and animations) which look like games, and which do not require teachers to evaluate pupils as the tests are electronic (i.e., Yes-No questions or multiple choices questions).

    The standards are lowered year after year. About 50% of students who obtain a bachelor’s degree are functionally illiterate, or unable to write well-structured sentences or paragraphs.

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