They Is College Grads
Instapundit brings us this little gem:
We often hear lamentations about declining educational quality, but the focus is usually misplaced on SAT scores and graduation rates. Missing from the conversation is the quality of what’s being taught. Meanwhile, we are mistakenly wed to the notion that more people going to college means more people will find jobs.
Obviously the weak economy is a factor in the highest unemployment rate for those ages 16 to 29 since World War II. But there’s more to the story. Fundamentally, students aren’t learning what they need to compete for the jobs that do exist.–
“Our unprepared graduates“, Kathleen Parker, Washington Post.
Our government already spends more per capita on education than any other of the 34 wealthiest countries in the world except for Switzerland, according to recent analysis of data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Overall inflation-adjusted K-12 spending has tripled over the past 40 years, the Michigan-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy points out. Yet American test scores and graduation rates are stagnant. One in 10 high schools is a dropout factory. And our students’ performance in one of the most prestigious global math competitions has been so abysmal that the U.S. simply withdrew altogether.
– Michelle Malkin, More here, here and here.
It’s not rocket science. From the diversity monster to the self-esteem movement, college has gone soft. School has been dumbed down, producing soft, stupid teachers who beget soft stupid high-schoolers. The MSM makes note of this, but trust me, this will pass. Every year there is some stats (like the ones Malkin cites) that are dreary. There is much hand wringing and gnashing of teeth but my the last day of school…
They, the MSM and the Teacher’s Unions, have know about this for decades. Instead of teaching skills and hard science and maths…we get fluff and “womyn’s” studies.
Until everyone gets serious, and we get school choice, education will suck.