Thursday, August 9, 2007

Dumbed Down by the Educational System

How many times have you heard someone complaining about the school system?  Someone complaining about how teachers get away with crap that would get them fired for laziness had they been working for a private company?

The U.S. school system is a monopoly run by a rigid union!  There is no accountability within the schools, and no competition betwen them.  What did you expect?  Excellence?

Here's an interesting webpage on the decline of education::

For every $1 spent on "special needs" children, less than 1c is spent on advanced students.  Advanced students aren't given enough stimulus to grow to their potential.  Who do you think would help ensure the future of the nation?  

Consider these facts:
  • More than half of PhD candidates in US universities are foreigners.
  • Half of engineers and scientists working in the US are foreign born.
  • South Korea with 1/6th the population of the US, graduates more engineers per year.

Why are people not taught financial calculations in school? Why are they not taught how much money you end up paying for that blouse you paid for with a credit card, if you make only the minimum payments? Or how much goes to interest, and how much goes to principal, for every month, for a 30-yr home mortgage at 6% interest? 7%? That in a typical 30 yr mortgage, in the first several years, most of the payment goes only into interest?

I found these same questions asked by a Wall Street insider, and what he thinks the answers are, here:

Wall St. insider on the education system and more

It's a bit long, but at least read the first couple of pages which is about the educational system. It's quite negative, and talks about a few other things that I want to cover in this blog at a later date.

And here is a book that you can download for free, "The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America". I haven't read it yet but it looks interesting:

click here to download the PDF file

the website

about the book

This quote is very telling:

"When I returned to the United States I realized that America's transition from a sovereign constitutional republic to a socialist democracy would not come about through warfare (bullets and tanks) but through the implementation and installation of the "system" in all areas of government-federal, state and local. The brainwashing for acceptance of the "system's" control would take place in the school-through indoctrination and the use of behavior modification, .... "

More on that particular topic (from constitutional republic to socialist democracy) in another post ...

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