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Monday, March 16, 2009
The failure of Public Schools
I have read dozens of articles about the declining educational quality of our public schools. In Los Angeles, California, our largest school district (LA Unified) has a delicious FIFTY PERCENT dropout rate. Why is this? Perhaps because:
a) Teachers Unions control everything, especially the money
b) Teachers are kept & paid based on the length of time teaching, not on quality of teaching
c) There is no motivation to be a good teacher; bad teachers are paid exactly the same as good teachers
d) Students are taught to take standardized tests, not general knowledge.
e) Concepts such as 'diversity' and 'racial appreciation' are prioritized above anything else
e) Public schools are run by the government. Enough said.

To illustrate this point, one of my close friends knows a teacher who was planning on taking his class of 12th graders (high school seniors) to see Frost/Nixon in the theaters. She decided to prepare the students by asking a few questions on what the knew (ie, were taught) about the seventies. Here are their amusing, yet sadly disturbing answers.

FASHION OF THE SEVENTIES
"Flat forms"
"Alter Tops"
"Bail bottoms"
"Belt bottoms"
"Bell Mottoms"
"High Hills"
"parachute pants"

TECHNOLOGY/INVENTIONS OF THE SEVENTIES
"Juice boxes" (they meant jukeboxes)
"Super Nintendo"
"Oversize Cell Phones"
"Rotary phones"
"Pagers"

POPULAR T.V. SHOWS OF THE SEVENTIES
"I love Lucy"
"That 70's Show"

PRESIDENTS IN THE SEVENTIES
"Eisenhower"
"Kennedy"
"Ronald Regan"
"Bush, the old one"
....mind you, only 4 students out of 80 named a correct 70's president. Most just wrote, "IDK" (I don't know) One 12th grader asked, "Washington... was he in the late 1800's?"

PRO-ATHLETES OF THE SEVENTIES
"Babe Ruth"
"Dennis Rodman"

POPULAR MOVIES RELEASED IN THE SEVENTIES
"Breakfast at Tiffany's"
A 12th grader asked this: "You know how all the old movies were black and white? Were people black and white back then? Did the world look different? Like was everything black and white and now we see in color? I don't get how everything back then was black and white."

POLITICS DURING THE SEVENTIES
"World War II"
Another girl asked, "Was slavery over by the seventies?"


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