Today there are about 150 college centers or institutions devoted to promoting conservative or free market ideas to America’s undergraduates.
Teach for America was founded to reform American public education with an infusion of idealistic young graduates from our universities who would volunteer to teach in our failing public schools for two years, but is it workable?
Why are so many well-educated parents refusing to have their infants immunized against Hepatitis B, measles, mumps, and rubella (M.M.R.), as well as diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTP)?
With President Obama’s proposal to provide the first two years of community college free to qualified students, I was reminded of what I had written about community colleges some years ago.
Since progressive educators decided that rote memorization is a form of child abuse, children are now taught math (formerly arithmetic) with a minimum of memorizing anything. They are now given calculators to use, and if they press the wrong button there is nothing in their heads that would make them aware of their error. The result has been a decline in the ability of children to learn basic arithmetic (now called math).
And now, since children learn their arithmetic so poorly, they find it difficult to do algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus.
Rudolf Flesch, author of Why Johnny Can't Read, died in 1986, but his legacy endures among those of us who are still fighting to get intensive, systematic phonics back in the schools.
What do we do about the public schools, which still mis-educate about 85 percent of American children?
There is much that American educators could learn by studying how Finland, South Korea, and Poland were able to achieve their high educational standings.
The successful homeschool phenomenon in the United States does not address the question of how public education can be improved here. The Finnish model cannot be replicated as long as our progressive educators are determined to keep dumbing down America’s teachers. Finland produces the world's smatest kids because they are taught by the smartest teachers on the planet. And the teachers do not use poverty as an excuse for any student not doing well, as U.S. teachers are being led to do.
According to the PISA (Program for international Student Assessment) 2012 test, the smartest kids in the world are Asians: students in Shanghai-China, South Korea, Singapore, Hong-Kong, Taiwan, and Japan.