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There is Hope for the Public Schools–Maybe by The Elephant's Child
January 17, 2008, 6:44 pm
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Education, Politics

It is a quandry.  We know that our schools are not doing the job that they should.  Math and science take a back seat to multiculturalism and diversity.  High school students cannot make change without the help of a cash register that tells them exactly how much to return to the customer.  Examples of public writing are bereft of clear thought, grammar and spelling.  Yet when we visit the school and our child’s teacher tells us how delightful our child is and what a pleasure to have in class, well, of course, we melt. 

Every politician is currently promising to fix education, ignoring the fact that education is not the job of the federal government.  Education specialists and activists are busily doing studies and writing papers on just how to go about reforming education, but the conversation seldom includes the people who care most, the parents. 

Recent studies show that schools of education, to varying degrees, are more interested in teaching multiculturalism than in teaching math, and sometimes, it is way more. Multiculturalism is, of course, the notion that all cultures are equally valuable, and none is better than another.  It would seem that this nonsense should have been settled on 9/11.

There has been some success in reforming the curriculum, in particular in the “Massachusetts miracle”.  Sol Stern writes about instructional reform in  City Journal.  Read the whole thing.

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There are possible reforms to public education. Check this out:
http://awaitingtenure.wordpress.com/2008/01/17/foolproof-school-reforms-though-not-knowing-the-fools/

For the sake of full disclosure, that also happens to be my blog.

Comment by eyeingtenure

It always surprises me to see how much math has been screwed up. When I went through public school (not that long ago, actually), math was math. There were concrete answers and if you got them wrong, you were told in no uncertain terms. It’s still that way in my area, thankfully, but I hear about other places where they teach fuzzy math, where there are no wrong answers because people would get their feelings hurt if they got marked down. Excuse my French, but what the hell is that? It’s not math.

Education certainly needs a major overhaul. I don’t know exactly what this overhaul would consist of, but I know it needs to happen.

Comment by Cody

I almost hate to comment again, but now that math has been brought up, you should really check out this video on elementary school algorithms:

Now, _that’s_ screwed up. Of course, that’s also “a major overhaul.”

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