For this post, I collected a whole lotta links on Education Expert Stupidity. At the start, I was all geared up for apoplexy. I’m talking outrage of the eye-twitching, blood vessel-bursting kind.
Writing is a journey, however, and the destination is often a surprise. Certainly, idiocy is in no short supply. But at the end of my research, the expected outrage is strangely absent.
Perhaps my own experiences, first as a student and then a parent, have already inured me to the shock. As far back as I can remember, public education has stunk. Why, I remember way back in nineteen-diggity-four, how my charming middle school social studies teacher defined political ideology for us young bowls of mush:
“Liberal – generous
Conservative – stingy”
Yep. And she didn’t even have that handy-dandy Common Core standard to rely on. She didn’t need it, because our public school curricula were already drained of actual content. Just pop open your child’s social studies textbook, like this one, and you’ll see what I mean.
Common Core is bad stuff, but it’s not ruining education. It’s just standardizing and accelerating the ongoing ruination.
The biggest change is in our sense of smell. Our olfactory nerves have been activated, and we are finally noticing the stench. And do you know what? We have the Gun Control and Common Core crowds to thank for that.
So let me be the first to officially say, “thank you!” Thank you, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, for trying to defend your curricula by insulting the soccer moms that get Democrats elected.
Here are some more reasons why we are done:
Category One: Public School Curricula a.k.a. The Dog’s Dinner
Creepy Uncle Sam wants you to know that the government is just like one big happy family!
- Don’t tell your parents about this assignment because it is guaranteed to anger at least half of them!
- A new 4th grade primer explains why only racists wouldn’t vote for Barry.
- This 8th grade definition of conservatism makes less sense than “stingy.”
- IKEA furniture assembly instructions are easier than Common Core math.
- The book 1984 is too enlightening, and not nearly disturbing enough for our young impressionables.
- Stuffy parents have a problem with reading assignments that include the F bomb.
- Also pornographic material. Parents just don’t like it.
- Constitution, schmonstitution!
- With the child already indoctrinated in 4th grade to throw out the Constitution for his safety, he should be ready for this assignment in 6th grade.
- When you know that the left loves deconstructionism, it makes perfect sense to discuss the Gettysburg Address without mentioning the Civil War.
- This article is pro-Common Core, but notice how understanding and restating a story’s plot is out-of-fashion. In fashion: making up an email from a character’s point of view! This nonsense is hailed as “critical thinking,” but it is actually another fine example of deconstruction because the reader’s interpretation and creativity is more important than the author’s meaning and intent.
Category Two: Tyrants R Us
- This anti-gun incident deserves its very own spot: you have a concealed-carry permit, Mom? You are banned!
- Who can forget the infamous lunch that Wasn’t Good Enough?
- What happens when the paperwork is more important than people.
- What happens when caloric math is more important than people.
- You can’t have your kid.
- You can’t either.
- No kid for you!
- Also, stop visiting the school so much, parents. You are not wanted.
- Just drop the kids off in a timely manner, so we won’t have to fine you.
- And make sure all their absences are approved, so we won’t have to jail you.
No doubt, this represents only the tip of the iceberg. Kind readers, please add your own links or personal stories of Education Expert Stupidity to my humble list. And have a great week!