American student scholastic performance, as compared to the rest of the world, has been declining for 4 decades. Today, the USA is second among all countries in spending per student.
In fact, spending on “education” has mushroomed! Skyrocketed! Exploded!
Now, in the real world, decades of increased spending by an organization has a reason. We expect the investment to pay off. And if it doesn’t, we re-evaluate our goals, procedures, expectations and personnel who are charged with getting the job done. The education establishment resists all of that, especially since the monopoly labor unions have taken over the monopolistic “public education” industry. The labor unions reward mediocrity and give lip service to real innovation- innovation that is deemed to be a threat to union perceived interests.
Since monopoly labor unions have gained control (National Education Association), assuring mediocrity has trumped the old fashioned idea that we should reward our best performers. American education (specifically the public school system) has become a social “re-engineering” cess pool where academic excellence has become secondary to leftist social/political indoctrination. When American students performance is compared to students from around the world, the results are clear- our students are failing..badly. American schools have become over run by leftists, overpowered by leftist union organizers (ala Saul Aliinsky) and left to do there deeds on our next generation due to a passive and uncaring generation of parents who have been “dumbed down” themselves by this system for at least two generation now.
Read this report for details concerning the decline of American education
Here is a particularly telling observation from someone who knows a bit about the problem..
from “The Blaze”:
A recently “outed” teacher union manual is just another example of the mountain of evidence supporting the fact that monopoly labor unions are denying our childern the education they deserve, considering the enormous tax burden we have applied to this industry.
Revealed: Michigan Union Manual Instructs Teachers on How to Use Children as ‘Propaganda’
Posted on January 24, 2012 at 4:03pm by Becket Adams
“For more than two years, the Michigan Education Association [MEA] has had a manual that urges its members to use students as propaganda in contract negotiations and also lays out how to organize strikes,” writes Tome Gantert of Michigan Capitol Confidential.
Considering the fact that teacher strikes are illegal in Michigan, some may find it odd that the MEA has been encouraging this sort of behavior. In fact, the MEA has done a lot more than just “encourage” potentially illegal activity. As Gantert reports, the organization produced an anonymously written 28-page manual titled, “Building Full Capacity Locals — Crisis Planning, It’s Never Too Early…”
While much of the rhetoric in this “crisis planning” handbook is unsettling (”The worst time to plan for a crisis is when you are in the middle of one, so crisis planning should commence at the same time that planning for actual bargaining begins”), perhaps the most disturbing moment occurs when one section appears to quote almost verbatim Saul Alinksy’s “Rules For Radicals.”
Alinsky instructs his followers to “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Likewise, the MEA manual instructs teachers to “Pick a target—personalize—and polarize the opposition [pg. 17].” And those are just the verbatim quotes; the entire manual is a handbook for creating, managing, and profiting from crises. (Actually, “Rules For Radicals” is one of the few books sold and featured on the NEA union website.)
Representatives of the MEA were unavailable for comment when The Blaze contacted them for more information.
“What’s really troubling about this publication isn’t what’s inside, it’s right there on the cover. This organization has decided it is above the law that has empowered them so much in so many other ways,” said Paul Kersey, director of labor policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, according to the Michigan Capitol Confidential article.
“We have given them the authority to represent employees who individually may not support them, and to collect dues and agency fees from them and have them fired if they refuse. But the union does not feel it is bound by the law’s prohibition of government strikes,” he said.
The manual states that the “MEA…supports and defends its members who engage in a strike,” which, again, is illegal in Michigan.
But if an out-and-out strike isn’t your thing, don’t worry! With a variety of passive aggressive protest methods, the manual has you covered. One of the passive methods suggested by the MEA is “Work-To-Rule” actions where employees refuse to do anything outside of what is included in their contract.
“Understand that a local is limited only by its collective imagination when it comes to specific work-to-rule actions,” the manual states. “If you carefully examine your contract you will probably find a number of work-to-rule opportunities. Keep in mind, however, that you don’t want to violate the contract or past practice; you want to adhere to it … exactly!”
And of course, what union protest would be complete without the exploitation of children in the bargaining process?
“In terms of a bargaining message, the public responds most positively when we talk about children, quality in the classroom and the future,” the MEA manual states. “There may come a time when it’s appropriate to talk about money and benefits, but lay the groundwork first.
The manual even suggests one slogan that it claims has worked for other locals: “It’s not about dollars and cents; it’s about our children.”
See the Entire Manual Here.
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