DUMB AND DUMBER
When I was a kid growing up in my Grandfather's home, I was amazed at how he had a vocabulary superior to my school teachers, how he could add, subtract, multiply and divide without the use of a pencil and paper, he could figure algebra and spell words that I couldn't and he quit school in the eight grade to help his father earn a living for a family of twelve. He also had an understanding of the Constitution of the United States and a belief that he should do unto others, as he would have them do unto him. He couldn't speak English until he started learning our language in the first grade. My grandfather was born in 1865 and in those days, kids got an education. Not so in our modern public schools today.
Today our children go to school to learn how to take the "Habitat Heroes Pledge" so they can preserve the wild places that birds, animals and plants call home. They can help save the planet by recycling an aluminum can a day. Today their educational materials are now governed by an intricate set of rules to screen out language and topics that might be considered controversial or offensive. Instead of the basic 3-R's our curriculum is loaded with lessons about the social and health aspects of their lives. Health clinics offer contraceptives to pupils, AIDS awareness seminars that provide explicit descriptions of sex acts and plans that teach elementary students acceptance of same-sex partners. Our children are being cheated out of an education but are being well trained in the way of social reform programs.
Berit Kjos calls this "Character Training for Global Citizens" and tells us our schools are challenging the student's fixed beliefs and inhibitions. Our children are forced to think the unthinkable and visualize the forbidden - until sensuality has replaced Christianity in their minds and hearts."
The problem is that our school districts just don't have enough money and our teachers are underpaid. NOT! Most of our students attend schools in multimillion-dollar buildings and most teachers bring home a very substantial paycheck. In fact, it seems as though the more money spent in a school district the dumber the graduates. According to an article in "The School Choice Advocate" by Mike Antonucci the District of Columbia public school have a unique distinction as measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests. They ranked last in math for both fourth and eight grades... by a wide margin. These scores might be explained by a large racial-ethnic minority enrollment, except the DC Public Schools still rank last when the scores are controlled for race and ethnicity. All of DC's schools are inner-city schools, except they still rank last when the scores are controlled for location and family income. The district however ranks as one of the highest in the nation in spending.
The district spends $14,525 on each student, which is $2,500 more per student than the amount spent in New York, which has the second highest scores. Last year the average DC teacher made $48,704 making them the highest paid teachers in the nation. As long as there is a Department of Education controlling our public schools, nothing is going to change. Frustrated parents can only pull their kids out of the system and put them in private schools or teach them at home. F. R. Duplantier says it best: Johnny's schooling has been all for naught - When he doesn't know half that he ought. If he barely can read, but know how to breed. Can you guess what Johnny's been taught?
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Derry Brownfield was born in 1932 and grew up during the depression. He is a farmer and a broadcaster. Derry attended the College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees. He taught Vocational Agriculture several years before going to work as a Marketing Specialist with the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Derry served as Director of the Kansas City Livestock Market Foundation at the Kansas City Stockyard prior to establishing himself in farm broadcasting.
Derry started farming when he was 16 years old and received the Future Farmers of America State Farmer degree in 1949. Since that time the Brownfield Farm has grown to over 1000 acres maintaining a herd of 200 registered Charolias cows.
In 1972, Derry and his partner established the Brownfield Network which now serves 250 radio stations throughout the Midwest with news and market information.In 1994, Derry started his own syndicated radio talk show and he is one of the most popular radio talk show hosts in America. The Derry Brownfield Show can be heard on approximately 80 radio stations in 23 states. With his entertaining sense of humor and witty commentary he has captured audiences for over 30 years. His ability to present an informative talk show while being light and colorful is why he has a large loyal listening audience.
Derry Brownfield is a practical farmer, a practical
business man and a very entertaining speaker. He travels extensively throughout
the country speaking about his common-sense point of view. Web Site: www.derrybrownfield.com
"Today our children go to school to learn how to take the "Habitat Heroes Pledge" so they can preserve the wild places that birds, animals and plants call home...
They can help save the planet by recycling an aluminum can a day....
Instead of the basic 3-R's"