Well, it's more like a conspiracy question...
The last post caused me think about the issue of education and made me recall various articles about national standing in different fields of study: the ones where Korea, Singapore, and Finland always come out on top, way ahead of continually slipping USA.
Why do students in the world's leading economy keep performing worse over time? Has there been a conscious effort by politicians to dumb-down future voters? Reading Gail Collin's column might make one think this. It cannot be because "leaders" want to produce a class of ignorant workers: all industries have been shipped overseas by their biggest donors...to countries that are climbing in the rankings.
I recall my first years of elementary school, when we began to learn grammar. At some point, it got easier; we were told that sentence structure was not important. Math classes also became simpler. Fortunately, my parents sent me to private secondary school and saved me from mediocrity. I learned grammar (studying French!) and was challenged in math courses. I noticed the difference when I arrived at college, because I was significantly better prepared than students arriving from public schools.
Someone had to have made (and continue to make) conscious decisions to water down the curriculum, reduce standards, and cut appropriations. Has this been an ongoing conspiracy for decades? Politicians salaries and benefits keep increasing, so it is not a question of money.
There's an old saying (well, I don't know about old, but it is a saying): if you make it easy for your kids when they are young, then you make it tough for them when they are older. Young minds must be challenged, not feed pablum.
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