Engineers of humanity's development don't really mind education's poor product. Ignorant graduates as well as those who have been inculcated with the desired secular humanitarian mindset; politically correct, multicultural, and non-absolutist, are easily manipulated and engineered.
It should be apparent that more money will not appreciably improve the product. Including all levels, America probably spends around $15,000? per student per year. All kinds of superficial tinkering methods are put forward as solutions. It amounts to lipstick on a pig.
Few, if any, of the education experts propose to revert back to an philosophical foundation that has proven to work in the past. American education was once ready for prime time and prepared its students to compete successfully.
Private, parochial, and home schooling have improved the product, as have voucher systems and virtual schooling. However, these have all seen serious opposition from the experts to varying degrees. Parents, unlicensed teachers, and other non-professionals are considered incapable of adequately educating America's children. But how could that be? Parents and even grandparents have all been educated by the experts already. Public education and compulsory attendance have been the law of the land for generations. How could they be so inferior?
My own educational experience has seen both sides of the philosophical changes that move from local control toward that of state and federal centralized oversight. My three older siblings all attended 'ye olde one-room school house.' I started just after consolidation began, but the old philosophies held sway for several more years. By the time I reached the 7th grade and moved into junior high, things exponentially changed.
One good example comes from my 8th grade Spanish. My teacher required us to learn the following poem:
En este mundo traidorTranslated, that comes to:
Nada es verdad ni mentira;
Tes según el color
Del cristal con que se mira.
Ramón de Campoamor (1817-1901)
In this treacherous worldThere's some serious diversity, multi-culturalism, and non-absolutism.
Nothing is either truth or lie;
Everything depends on the color
Of the crystal that one looks through.
This was also about the time that I found and read Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and was bitten by the 'pristine environment vs. evil corporate capitalism' bug. At that age and with the utopianist education pressed upon me I didn't put Carson's thesis to any measure of rigorous testing. It actually took almost 3 decades to see that there was even another side to the story.
This past Wednesday (May 27th) would have been Rachel Carson's 102nd birthday. David Hinz over on The Minority Report gives her a fitting salute.
The Minority Report would like to take this opportunity to honor the birth date of America's number one mass murderer. One hundred and two years ago today, Rachel Carson was born...Unfortunately, Rachel Carson's methodology is commonplace among the various Leftist movements in our day. It has also been effective. And like me back in the mid-60's, the road to such social engineering tactics has been paved by the modern American public education system.
That little work of fiction, which has become an anthem for the environmental lobby, single-handedly brought about the ban in this country, and throughout the world, of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, better known as DDT.
As a result of that DDT ban, more than 50 million people, mostly impoverished third world children, have died from Malaria.
And sadly enough, it was all a lie.