March 19, 2015
You’d think, with all the higher education that has piled up a student debt of over $1 trillion nationwide, that America’s college students and graduates would be pretty well educated. Sitting in the classroom for another four, five, or six years after high school, they must be learning something.
But among the things they’re not learning are literacy, including the ability to follow simple instructions, practical math, and “problem-solving in technology-rich environments,” which means they have computers available to help them solve the problems—this according to an international study by the Education Testing Service, the folks who administer the SAT.
ETS tested persons aged 16 to 65 in 23 countries, and in every category, American “millennials” (born after 1980) came out on the bottom of the heap. Even sixtyish Americans did better. In fact, our current college crowd did so badly, that a spokesman for ETS called their scores “abysmal.”
American public education, the costliest in human history—isn’t it just grand?
As bad as it is, our university system is not entirely to blame. By the time kids get to college, they’ve had 13 years in public school—13 years of being told “Good job!” whenever they don’t fall out a window, 13 years of learning about gender choice, Kwanzaa, Global Warming, sexual techniques, America-bashing, Christianity-bashing, self-esteem, etc. Meanwhile they carry a knapsack full of books home every night—except for the “sex education” textbooks, which school officials don’t want parents to see—so they can try to homeschool themselves. After 13 years of this, they get a high school diploma and go off to college.
No matter how much money we pour into the public schools, they don’t seem to work any better. That’s because the T. rex’s share of all that money goes to teachers’ unions and administrators’ salaries and benefits.
And then America got the bright idea that everybody ought to go to college. But everybody doesn’t have it in him to become a scholar of Renaissance literature, an engineer, a physicist, a historian, or a zoologist. So as the university system expanded to take in practically everybody, they had to find things for the non-scholar to study.
They found them, all right. Women’s Studies, Black Studies, Queer Studies, Prattling Idiot Studies, anything with “Studies” as part of its name; comic books, surfing, cartoons, Star Wars—no matter what desert island of ignorance the public schools left you stranded on, somewhere out there is a college degree for you.
Was ETS surprised that Americans came out of college knowing little more than statues know? Yes. Should they have been surprised? Nope.
The expansion of the university has also created a whole class of “college professors,” tens of thousands of them, whose only role in life is to train up students to be twice as ignorant, twice as drunk on left-wing Kool-Ade, and twice as useless as themselves.
No wonder the test had such embarrassing results.
Instead of collecting cobwebs in a classroom, running up debt, and learning useless drivel, millions of these young people need to be out in the real world getting work experience and trying to overcome the disabilities fastened onto them by 13 years of public schooling. Having to work would force them, for instance, to learn to follow instructions. Instead of burying themselves in student debt, they could be earning money of their own and maybe even learning things like responsibility and initiative. Plus it’s gotta be a lot less boring than four years of Dummkopf Studies.
But this would be a disaster to our ruling class.
Why? Because they want the people dumb; and if they didn’t, they wouldn’t have those schools that make the people dumb.
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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com