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Six Educational Lies Most People Believe
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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.

http://thefederalist.com/2013/09/23/six-lies-most-people-believe-about-u-s-schools/


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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!

sebekm commented on Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 23:03 PM

Good points. I'm not sure what "progressive social policy" is, but I don't like the sound of it. I suspect that topic - if included in a school's curriculum - would need to be explained.

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.
http://www.videobash.com/video_show/i...

JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 19:08 PM

@TOT: First go get the movie the Da Vinci Code. Watch it twice at regular speed. Then, watch the movie backwards at slow speed. Have paper and pencil ready. Write down every word you see flashed before your eyes. Then TOT put the piece of paper that you have written the words on and fold it into a triangle and place underneath your pillow.

Go and get your radio. Set the dial to 66.6 FM, turn it off and place the radio near your head.

Try to go to sleep. Relax and drift away until you automatically hit REM sleep. While in this state ALL WILL BE REVEALED TO YOU. Only you TOT will know for sure what you heard from the radio.

Wait 24 hours. Then you will know what to do.

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.

sebekm commented on Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 20:45 PM

I don't think she lives here anymore.


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