Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Stop Treating Public Schools as Society’s Whipping Boy | gadflyonthewallblog

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Stop Treating Public Schools as Society’s Whipping Boy

The United States is no stranger to stupidity and ignorance.
A significant portion of the population doesn’t know basic science facts like that the Earth revolves around the sun.
We only learn history and geography by going to war or drone striking countries usually  filled with brown people.
And when it comes to basic math and English, just read the poorly spelled placards at our political conventions calling for more trickle down economics.
Heck! We’re the country that elected C-student George W. Bush President!
Twice!
And lest you think that was a fluke, Donald Trump, a xenophobic reality TV star with zero political experience, is the presumptive Republican candidate for the same office RIGHT NOW!
Yet whenever so-called intelligent people bring up these and countless other examples of American idiocy, they invariably simplify the blame.
We’re a country of more than 320 million people made up of various cultures, nationalities, ideologies, economic brackets and living in a wide range of geographic areas and circumstances. Yet we think the cause of our national ignorance somehow isn’t complex and multifaceted.
No. That would be too much for us to understand. Instead, we take the easy way out and put the blame squarely in one solitary place – public schools.
It’s always the school’s fault. That and those lazy, complacent teachers.


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