Dumb and Dumber (No. 5)

Watching the Education Apocalypse in Slow Motion

K-12 EDITION

IT’S HAPPENING. To quote the ‘60s Buffalo Springfield song: “There's something happening here. But what it is ain't exactly clear.” Just Do It, I say, Just Do It! Join the Walk Away Movement.

Here’s the full story: “Private school enrollment fell during pandemic; homeschool, virtual charters grew.”

IT’S ABOUT THE KIDS, RIGHT? “NEA uses $300 million budget to sue lone mom concerned about curriculum.”

AND THE BEAT GOES ON: “Parents suspect school district peddling porn to kids.”

THE GRANITE STATE MOVES IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION: “New Hampshire delivers a double victory for school choice.”

WELCOME TO THE GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS. Our kids can’t read, write, and calculate, but they sure do know them pronouns:

THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK. Just Walk Away. “Oregon governor signs bill suspending math, reading proficiency requirements for HS graduates.”

Gov. Kate Brown, the Oregon Democrat, signed a bill last month with little fanfare that drops the requirement that high school students prove proficiency in reading, writing or math, before graduation, a report said. . . .

Supporters of the bill insist that considering math and reading essential skills has been an unfair challenge for students who do not test well. 

HOW DO YOU SPELL I-M-P-L-O-S-I-O-N? “Leaked documents show Baltimore high schoolers perform math, reading at grade school level.”

COMING TO AN AMERICAN CITY NEAR YOU. Civil war in Loudon County, Virginia: “Virginia school board sees contentious, emotional meeting as it weighs gender-related policies.”

LOUDON COUNTY IS AMERICA’S FLASHPOINT FOR THE IMPLOSION OF AMERICA’S GOVERNMENT SCHOOL SYSTEM. Watch this teacher resign in a tearful public resignation:

MORE FROM LOUDON COUNTY: “School board activism returns as Loudoun County advances controversial transgender rules.”

TOLD YA SO. Critical Race Theory will be taught whether you ban it or not: “Oklahoma schools vow to defy state’s anti-critical race theory law.”

CAN THE LEADERS OF THE GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS DO ANYTHING RIGHT? “Parents Outraged After Black Principal Segregates Students Based on Race: Report.”

WHAT PARENT WOULD SEND THEIR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL? “Homeless Take Over Elementary School: Parents Terrified After Death Threats, People Robbed at Gunpoint.”

WHAT DO THE TEACHERS KNOW THAT YOU DON’T KNOW? “Public and private school teachers choose to homeschool own kids.”

HIGHER ED EDITION

YUP! It’s the new bureaucracy that will destroy higher ed: “Bloated Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Staffs Explode Cost of Higher Education.”

The study’s authors found that “the average university has 45.1 people tasked with promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion,” and that at some schools, the number is much higher. They found that the University of Michigan, for instance, has 163 diversity, equity, and inclusion personnel and that many other schools had similarly high numbers.

It seems that that emphasis is overtaking what one would assume is the core function of higher education; namely, teaching students.

For instance, the authors of the study compared the number of diversity, equity, and inclusion staff with the number of history professors typically on campuses and found that the average institution has “1.4 times as many DEI personnel as tenured or tenure-track history professors.”

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FORGET THE INDOCTRINATION AND CENSORSHIP FOR A MOMENT. The business model on which American higher ed is based is entirely out of whack with reality. At the University of Miami School of Law, one student was encouraged to borrow $334,000 in federal student loans to pay for three years of law school. The weird thing is that yearly tuition is $57,000, which amounts to $171,000. That leaves $163,000 over three years for room, board, and books, which means $54,333 per year for room, board, and books!!!! What’s wrong with this picture? “Law School Loses Luster as Debts Mount and Salaries Stagnate.”

WHAT DOES THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA HAVE IN COMMON WITH CHINA, CUBA, NORTH KOREA, AND THE FORMER SOVIET UNION? “U. Oklahoma coaches claim they can discipline players for their politics.”

NO SANE PERSON WOULD WANT TO DATE SOMEONE FROM HARVARD LAW SCHOOL NEVER MIND FIVE AT ONCE. “Harvard Law supports advocacy for polyamorous relationships.

CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: “Walt Whitman statue, a target of protests, to be removed from center of Rutgers–Camden campus.”

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