Although there are some good and some well meaning teachers, by and large the K-12 schools are worse than simply a failure. The three classes of Americans confined by law into state institutions are convicted criminals, the dangerously insane, and young people. From Kindergarten to 8th grade the schools are effectively a baby-sitting service for mothers who don't want to be bothered by taking care of their own kids, so they get the taxpayers to hire expensive sitters. The educational progress of a typical 3rd grader is dependent not on the intensity of his lessons, but on the age-dependent development of his mind and body. Given suitable instruction a 9 year old boy can learn 3rd grade schoolwork, regardless of whether or not he attended grades 1 and 2. Most 11 year olds could easily learn everything they need to graduate from 6th grade into 7th grade in two years. They can do so because their minds are mature enough to learn the material. Yes, some basic reading, writing, and numbers should be taught at around age 6 or 7, but it need not take 4 years to teach it. All but the most dimwitted students would learn just as much by grade 8 if they attended only every other year, and then only for 6 months a year. The rest of the K-8 "education" program is paid child care.
High school, grades 9 to 12, is also mostly a total waste of time, and frequently fails to teach even the modest information it claims to teach. Bob spoke today with a college Professor who volunteers once a week teaching remedial education to adults. She spoke today of one woman in her mid 20s, a high school graduate who had gotten high grades in high school, and who had only this week learned to read the fractional inches on a yard stick. Few high school graduates today have basic knowledge of grammar, not even those who are now graduating from colleges to become high school teachers. Many colleges are having to introduce grammar instruction into their English composition and education programs because nobody taught them even language fundamentals in K-12.
Bob is appalled at the lack of vocational training now available in high schools. Until the 20th century, most young men spent their teenage years learning the trade that they would use to earn their living and support their families. Today's teenagers are confined by law into a state institution that fails utterly in teaching a trade or craft to youth. Instead the school systems attempt to teach "college preparatory" classes to 100% of students, even knowing that 75% of them will not attend colleges. Obviously 75% of high school students are wasting their time, and that is a huge part of the purpose of our "education system." One big function that "education" serves is to keep young men and women off the job market so they won't be competing with older men and women. They are kept confined for years in perpetual false "youth," prevented from growing up and taking a place in the society. Until the 20th century, young men and women became adults in their middle teenage years. Young men were usually doing a man's work by age 16 or 17, sometimes as an apprentice learning the craft, but often on farms doing all the manly tasks. Young women used to marry and begin their families during their teenage years, but today they are kept as false "girls" until half their natural fertility years are fleeting by. Many young men and women rebel against the confinement, turn to drugs or crime, acts of violence, or simply dropping out. They are ill prepared for an adult life because the schools fail utterly to prepare youth for adulthood.
What the schools do teach is liberal leftist political views and feminist dogma. Young women are taught to hate men and eschew marriage and a family. They learn that they "deserve" to be corporate executives when their bodies are crying out to be pregnant. Almost half of today's children are born to unmarried women who are not allowed to marry and have a decent family, and taught that they aren't supposed to. Young women are no longer taught even the rudimentary skills needed to do the woman's role in families, home economics, cooking and sewing, and apparently not even how to read a yard stick.
Young men are taught that men (they) are evil, a big reason for the unthinkable suicide rates among today's youth. I heard this week that 10% of 10 year old boys are now given Ritalin, a modified form of cocaine. Schools have driven men teachers out of their ranks by suspicion and false accusations of "sexual abuse," and the lack of men teachers in schools is a failure for the girls as well as for the boys. School books now teach revisionist politically motivated views of history and culture. To read history in school one would think that a few inconsequential women and slaves had more to do with creating the United States than Washington and Jefferson, because they get more pages in the PC school books. Graduates not only haven't learned our history, they have been taught lies.
So now I'm asked to vote for taxes to support this abysmal failure of a school system. I know that a failed levy will not give them the message, nor cause them to rethink their failed program. They will only try to get by confining our youth into more run down buildings and providing even less teaching for the inmates. The idiots who run the schools are so far gone they wouldn't get the message if someone pounded it into their heads with a baseball bat. There are some communities where the voters are saying not only no, but hell no, and the school idiot administrators whine to the state legislatures and fail utterly to even consider any significant changes to the disaster they run. But I can't bring myself to vote for taxes to support a state program that is so harmful to so many young men and women. It won't ever change if we keep writing them a blank check.