This morning, at the AIP blog, I wrote about how the Democrats don’t really believe your money belongs to you. It’s all grist for their mill and they’ll let you keep what they think you should keep and not a penny more.
That philosophy doesn’t stop at the money you earn, though. Your children aren’t yours, either. President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan believe they have have nailed down the real problem with our school system: you have your kids way too much and the government has them way too little. According to the Education Secretary, the real reason that other nations are beating our educational socks off is because we let our kids just run wild after only six or so hours of school and we give them summers off, too.
Shocking, I know. Who can learn with all that running around and imagining going on?
Obama and Duncan say kids in the United States need more school because kids in other nations have more school.
“Young people in other countries are going to school 25, 30 percent longer than our students here,” Duncan told the AP. “I want to just level the playing field.”
While it is true that kids in many other countries have more school days, it’s not true they all spend more time in school.
Kids in the U.S. spend more hours in school (1,146 instructional hours per year) than do kids in the Asian countries that persistently outscore the U.S. on math and science tests — Singapore (903), Taiwan (1,050), Japan (1,005) and Hong Kong (1,013). That is despite the fact that Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong have longer school years (190 to 201 days) than does the U.S. (180 days).
Michelle Malkin suggests, however, that the schools may not be all tht concerned with educating the kids as much as they are stuffing their little brains full of progressive twaddle.
If schools wasted less time on “social justice,” “Everyday Math” crap, eco-zealotry, field trips to gay weddings and illegal alien day labor centers, rappin’, revolution, and radicalism, and searching for children’s “inner Obamas,” they wouldn’t need to make up all the squandered days and weeks during the summer.
Which one of those things will put a student in a better position to be a productive contributor to civilized society and a responsible citizen of the United States? None of them, which is pretty much the point. The progressive education agenda as practiced by Barack Obama and his partner in education Bill Ayers has nothing whatever to do with educating children but with indoctrinating them in how to be a better servant of the state and separating them from their families to accomplish that purpose. Pundette laments that the Duncan/Obama plan will pretty much end unstructured play and family time, but that’s entirely by design. The end result of the progressive educational system can best be summed up by another notable progressive thinker, “Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State.” If our schools have produced graduates who can’t read or write but who spout the latest “green” dogma and look upon government as both Big Daddy and Big Mamma, then they’ve done what progressives require them to do.
As far as I’m concerned, I won’t take educational advice from a man whose schools barely cleared the 50 percent graduation mark when he ran them.