Thursday, May 24, 2012

Evil Education Trends,

The links provided are not necessarily ones I agree with, but they prove my point...

In education, some trends are annoying, some are silly, some clearly don't work, and some are truly evil.  Annoying trends, like forcing parents of sick children to prove illness in truancy court, annoy those of us who don't have the problem, but create real hardships for the families involved.  Silly trends, like using purple pens to mark papers instead of red pens, just make kids hate purple instead of red.  Trends that don't work, like teaching to the standardized test, are so obviously wrong they shouldn't, (but do!), need any kind of argument made against them.

Then there are the evil trends.  These trends interfere with the core beliefs of Catholics and other Christians, or perhaps with other groups, forcing children into silence, or worse, bringing them to a loss of faith.  Even those who do not lose faith in the public or Catholic school systems, are placed in a position where they become duplicitous in order to avoid academic difficulties.  The trends start young, and continue through grad school.

In preschool and kindergarten, teachers have been taught to discourage best friends from spending too much time together.  Yup, just when the little ones are learning to get along, the teacher-ed colleges tell teachers that friendships must be stopped.  You see, if little ones become too attached to a friend, some other kid might be jealous.  Never mind that the development of fidelity as a virtuous pat of friendship is poisoned at its root.  Now any child who has a best friend, and keeps it, does so in a way that carefully hides the fact from adults.  So instead of teaching inclusiveness, we teach manipulation.

The grade school years  are marred by two major trends; the first is that we don't 'track' kids anymore, and the second is early sexualization.  We don't track kids anymore because it could hurt the self-esteem of slow Joe if he knows he's not as smart as Bright Bob.  Both Bob and Joe know the difference when Joe has to leave class to go the resource room.  (After all, only the slow kids need extra resources.)  But we put up a pretense with the effect that Bob is bored and Joe still has low self-esteem.

Early sexualization is fundamental to all later educational trends.  I'd rather have my son learn about sex on the playground, and say, "That's gross! It can't be true," than hear a teacher explain that all kinds of grown-ups can come together to make a family.  The former is handled in a family discussion.  The second creates a hostile learning environment.  If a child is taught that he cannot object on moral grounds to homosexuality in school, he is silenced, ridiculed, bullied.  The irony of the "no bullying" signs in grade school classrooms is...  I need a thesaurus.  The Green Circle program run by high school students for elementary students shames those kids who exhibit the slightest tendency toward discernment.  If during the program a child says, "I don't want Joe in my circle because he picks his nose and eats it," the child will be ridiculed for not being accepting.  Never mind that it would be better to give Joe a Kleenex.  Same with a child who feels uncomfortable around Elton's two dads.  The school tells the child, "Deny your gut feelings that God gave you to protect you from bad associates.  You are in the wrong."

For anyone who has ever taught junior high, God bless you.  At this age students have either reached full physical maturity, or they sit with the geeks at lunch.  The educational trend continues with a focus on feelings and sexuality.  Never mind that half the kids still want to go home and play after school.  They are told to 'hang-out' not play.  They are told to be cool.  This is subtle sexualization, and almost abusive force, to promote kids to become adults before they are ready.  A better trend would be to encourage the physically mature kids to think of themselves as younger, not older.  The heartbreak of junior high is all too often the loss of innocence, if any is remaining after previous indoctrination sessions.

In high school, very little time is actually spent on content.  I was once told I was trying to give my lower-tier students a silk-purse education because I wanted them to read Shakespeare, Chaucer, and even Shelly.  I stuck to content.  But many teachers do not.  I don't blame them. If you take a degree in education, much of your time is spent learning how to work with teachers' unions.  Teachers' unions fund Planned Parenthood, even though this is an obvious conflict of interest... for educators more children means more students, means job security, right?  The occasional gay teacher in a school is the king or queen of the union label.  But that's not true of just public schools.  I remember when my nephew was shocked to hear at his Jesuit high school that homosexuality is normal and acceptable from one of the Jesuit priests.  High school is not about teaching anymore.  It is about indoctrinating young minds so that they can accept the radical left-wing pap they will be fed in college.

Ah, college.  College in America today is the black hole of original thought.  Young people pay too much money to spend too much time with too many people doing things that are too wrong and learning things that are soo untrue.

If a person makes it into graduate school with his faith intact, it is likely that he will be told that his thesis is unacceptable until he writes one that is acceptable in content and opinion to the radical left.

Education trends will shape our future.  These are our future leaders.  We must change the trends.  Now.

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