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In this article, Joy Pullmann outlines what she believes are the six biggest lies which are fostered by the American educational system. Briefly they are:

1. America’s rich, suburban schools are high quality. This is only true because we compare them to truly awful urban schools and not to our international peers.

2. Poverty is the root of America’s education problems. The lag in education is not due to poverty but a lag in vocabulary. Many of today's poor have "massive" deficiencies in vocabulary which impacts all facets of their education.

3. Schools should teach generic skills like “critical thinking” and “real-world application”. You cannot have critical thinking or application if the basic knowledge is not there.

4. Teachers are well-prepared professionals. Wrong, because they have limited knowledge of the subject they teach, their ability to pass on information is impaired. Because they do not demand much of students, teaching programs recruit from the bottom of the academic barrel.

5. Education is nonpartisan and amoral. Teachers must not teach their personal viewpoints but must teach "progressive social policy".

6. Practically everyone should go to college. Society demands that to get ahead, one must go to college. Failure to go to college is seen as failure. In reality for many children, college is not the best fit. It doesn't mean they are less intelligent if they go to a technical school verses college. Children should get the education that promotes their strengths and not highlight their weaknesses.


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gacpl commented on Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 20:55 PM

what makes the deficiencies in vocabulary so bad is how many people make excuses for them by saying and i quote "that's the way young people talk nowadays"

Sheran commented on Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 21:37 PM

I so agree with you gacpl! That statement is so true! Kids dumb their selves down by taking "slang"....

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 21:54 PM

I second that motion by Sheran!

timeontarget commented on Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 07:06 AM

The term "progressive social policy" simply scares me without any explanation.

We have failed I think to give our children the foundation needed for learning because they are allowed to talk lazy language which is what gacpl has pointed out above.

Dr. Carson said int the national prayer day address. "We have dumbed down our society".

Perhaps some of our liberal counterparts can explain "progressive social policy".

gacpl commented on Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 18:12 PM

i think it might lead to this, but on a serious note. some scientist and sociologist think we are really heading this way.

up2sumptin commented on Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 19:31 PM

I would love to hear what an educator thinks about the issues raised in this article.

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