Dumb and Dumber (Nos. 34 & 35)
Watching the Education Apocalypse in Slow Motion
***I will be traveling next week. Can’t promise our regular programming, but I will try to keep up!
DUMB AND DUMBER (No. 34)
SERIOUSLY, OTHER THAN SPORTS, CHEERLEADING AND BAND, DO THE GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS DO ANYTHING WELL? ACCORDING TO INTERNATIONAL TESTING STANDARDS, AMERICAN STUDENTS ARE WORLD BEATERS IN . . . WHICH SUBJECTS??? Please remind me. COVID has revealed the soft skills gap among America's youth: It's time we address it
BILL GATES IS ONE OF THE WEALTHIEST INDIVIDUALS IN WORLD HISTORY, BUT THE MAN IS STILL PANTING FOR SOCIAL STATUS. I hereby challenge Bill Gates to a public debate on the question: Is math racist? If he wins, he can have the content of my bank account. If I win, I get the content of his bank account. Deal? 2+2=5? Bill Gates funnels $1 MILLION to push ‘math is racist’ narrative.
WELCOME TO GOVERNMENT SCHOOLING IN AMERICA. #JustWalkAway: “Wyoming School to Honor Student: Wear the Mask Or Wear Handcuffs.”
THE GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS ARE STARTING TO IMPLODE. “Cities Lead the Way in (Another) Massive Fall Exodus from US Public Schools.”
Many parents pulled their children out of school last year for homeschooling and other private options, as schools remained shuttered due to the coronavirus response. Nationwide, homeschooling numbers tripled last year from their pre-pandemic levels, driven largely by black families who left district schools for homeschooling at the highest rate of any demographic group and are now over-represented in the homeschooling population compared to K-12 public schools. With most schools open for full-time, in-person learning this year, it seemed reasonable to assume that parents would eagerly re-enroll their children in their local district school, tabling last year’s alternative education plans.
That doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, some school districts, such as Los Angeles, have seen a larger public school enrollment drop this fall compared to last fall. L.A. public school enrollment declined by 4.76 percent in the 2020/2021 academic year, while new data show that enrollment is down another 27,000 students this fall compared to last year, or a drop of nearly 6 percent.
Read the whole thing. It’s excellent.
YEAH, RIGHT! THAT EXPLAINS ALL THE SCHOOL BOARD PROTESTS: 1619 Project contributors say conservatives threatened by its appeal to average Americans
IF YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS (AND I DON’T THINK YOU SHOULD), THEN TRANSPARENCY LAWS SEEM PERFECTLY REASONABLE: The Fight for Curriculum Transparency
EXCELLENT ESSAY BY JOY PULLMAN: “In New York City, The Left Tells Parents Yet Again: Your Kids Belong To Us.”
. . . Democrats now feel comfortable openly flexing their complete dominance over U.S. public education and their use of it, not to educate, but to fuel their political machine. Leftists’ displays of complete power over public schooling have fired like artillery shelling in the past two years.
Just take stock of what we’ve only recently witnessed: The Biden administration’s announcement that parents upset with systemic racist indoctrination could be investigated by the FBI as “domestic terrorists”; going on three school years of anti-science school COVID rules that benefit teachers unions at the expense of America’s future; the false and destructive 1619 Project assisting schools nationwide in teaching anti-Americanism; California Gov. Gavin Newsom announcing COVID shots are required for kids to attend school; the almost instant saturation of transgender ideology in public schools, to the point teachers who cannot make themselves use reality-falsifying pronouns are summarily fired.
“Your Kids Belong to Us”: Think this is an exaggeration?
REASON #148 TO #JustWalkAway: Outraged Parents Pulling Their Kids from School as 'Crazy' Policy Leads to Escalating Violence
STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES: Governor vetoes bill giving parents power regarding school mask mandates
THIS IS CLEARLY NOT ABOUT THE “SCIENCE.” Pretty sure this is about learning how to “obey.” Fairfax Teachers Union President Reportedly Says High COVID Numbers Are ‘Good News’ Because Masks Will Be Required
BECAUSE . . . WELL . . . JUST BECAUSE (NO REASON GIVEN): NYC schools drop outdoor mask mandate, indoor mandate remains
Higher Ed Edition
HERE’S AN EVEN BETTER IDEA: LET’S CANCEL THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Biden Education Department to Cancel $415M in Student Loan Debt for 16,000 Borrowers
THE PRECIOUS MUST BE PROTECTED BECAUSE . . . WELL . . . THEY’RE PRECIOUS: Harvard Students Are Covid Sheep
AS THEY SAY, “GO WOKE, GO BROKE!” Or, “don’t go woke, don’t go broke”: 'Woke' culture, COVID drive enrollment increases at conservative religious colleges
A small group of conservative religious colleges are defying the national trend of declining enrollment in higher education and crediting their missions, as well as their handling of COVID-19, for the bump.
College enrollment nationwide has declined by over 1 million students since 2019, with the biggest drop in 2020, according to a report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center in January. The decline has largely been blamed on students being required to attend college virtually or under restriction.
WELCOME TO YOUR CHILDREN’S AND GRANDCHILDREN’S FUTURE: UC Berkeley Prof. Zeus Leonardo: Abolish Whiteness, Abolish White People.
MUST-READ ESSAY OF THE DAY BY MY FRIEND PROFESSOR JAMES HANKINS AT HARVARD. This powerful essay cuts to the core of what we have become. When American institutions of higher learning stop respecting honor and merit, we all lose: The Honor Deficit. Ponder this for a moment . . .
Fresh in my mind is the story of a student in my department who recently graduated summa cum laude with a prize-winning senior thesis and the best overall record in Harvard College. He was, in other words, the top student at a university that claims to be the best in the world. He applied to graduate programs in his field of interest. He was rejected by Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Stanford, and MIT. Through contacts I investigated this shocking outcome, inconceivable even five years ago, and was told that while the student was clearly top-notch, it was just a bad year for white males.
PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL EDITION
I WONDER IF THIS IS REALLY JUST PR? THIS SOUNDS GOOD (I GUESS), BUT YALE LAW COULD ALSO JUST DECREASE THE PERCENTAGE OF LOW-INCOME STUDENTS IT ADMITS. Ivy League Law School Will Pay Tuition For Low-Income Students “Yale Law School said 8% to 10% of its students are eligible to receive full tuition, known as the Hurst Horizon Scholarship.”
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