The Results Are In: America Is Dumb and on the Road to Getting Dumber.
- Part 1: Is Our Education System Putting Our Country At Risk?
- Part 2: How colleges forgot students and became a business
- Is American Education Missing This Important Component?
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
Part 1: Is Our Education System Putting Our Country At Risk?
If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.
Daniel Lattier, Intellectual Takeout
August 3, 2015 | Below is the opening statement of “A Nation at Risk,” a 1983 document from Ronald Reagan’s National Commission on Excellence in Education that warned of the urgent need to right the ship of the American education system:
“Our Nation is at risk. Our once unchallenged preeminence in commerce, industry, science, and technological innovation is being overtaken by competitors throughout the world. This report is concerned with only one of the many causes and dimensions of the problem, but it is the one that undergirds American prosperity, security, and civility. We report to the American people that while we can take justifiable pride in what our schools and colleges have historically accomplished and contributed to the United States and the well-being of its people, the educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and a people. What was unimaginable a generation ago has begun to occur--others are matching and surpassing our educational attainments."
Daniel Lattier is the Vice President of Better Ed, a nonprofit education reform project dedicated to bringing about a new education system in Minnesota.
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Part 2: How colleges forgot students and became a business
The problem of college bureaucracies not only seems here to stay, but on course to expand well into the future. That is, unless students and schools' faculties themselves stand up to demand that education – not the business of it – becomes the priority.
Devon Douglas-Bowers, Occupy / Axis of Logic
Friday, Jun 5, 2015 | Students attend college to pursue their interests, broaden their intellectual horizons and make headway toward a career. While this is made difficult due to the amount of debt that many must saddle in order to earn a degree, there is also another, much stealthier problem as well: the college bureaucracy.
University bureaucracies absorb large amounts of funding and undermine the alleged goal of college, which is to provide an education. But they also signal something more sinister: the neo-liberalization of education, now viewed as a business.
Devon Douglas-Bowers is a 23-year-old independent writer and researcher. He is the Politics & Government Department chair at the Hampton Institute, and holds a BA in Political Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
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Is American Education Missing This Important Component? Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout
- Perhaps, then, the solution to our educational woes is not the new, up-and-coming curriculum that every school is following, nor an increased emphasis on testing, nor the latest and greatest tech devices. Perhaps students just need (to be taught how to think).
- Bill Nye: Creationism Is 'Raising A Generation Of Young People Who Can't Think'