29 June, 2011

Since May 16, 1980, United States Educational System Has Been Crumbling

I want to share something I discovered that I did not expect, when I was researching the history of Americas educational system. Besides starting to fall from number 1, in education in the World around 20 years ago to to 17Th In 2010. This is after we established the "United States Department of Education, and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on October 17, 1979. It began operating in May,1980. The shocker I found was that 81.9 % of the Elementary and Middle School Teacher, are females, 2,343,000 Million. This does not include the 5,000 (2007) Employees at the "United States Department of Education, under the directions of Arne Duncan. So who is primarily responsible for the failings of our educational system. Please do not try and blame students and parents or lack of money. The numbers point to the leaders at the "United States Department of Education, and teachers accept most of the responsibility for the failings of our educational system. I know how we American, except responsibility like out politician do they blame others. I do know in 1950s I lived in a foster home on a farm. I went to school that had one room, with one teacher, and six rows of students. The teacher taught 3 grades in one room. We would pass the books down to the next class moving up. We would use scrap paper and had to use both sides. Also, we had to use our pencils till the were 2" inches long. Expenditures per pupil in public elementary and secondary schools: 1961-62, $393. 2008-09, $2,808. So it loos like your smarter on less money than more money. Relax, just a little humor. So I will allow the readers try not to find fault with the women in the failing of our educational system.

 "United States Department of Education, signed into law by President Jimmy Carter
   on October 17, 1979, it began operating in May,1980.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Education ."

The United States was first in the world as recently as 20 years ago, said Barry McGaw, director of education for the Paris-based Organization for Cooperation and Development. The 30-nation organization develops the yearly rankings as a way for countries to evaluate their education systems and determine whether to change their policies. "http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/09/13/national/main838207.shtml.

"In 2010, American students rank 17Th in the world.:
Elementary and Middle School Teacher, 2,343,000 Million 81.9 % Females

United States Department of Education
        Department executives
     Arne Duncan, Secretary    Female
Anthony W. Miller, Deputy Secretary
Employees5,000 (2007)
Annual budgetUS$32 billion (2009)[1]
US$56 billion (est. 2010)
US$71 billion (est. 2011)

In April 2009, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the “primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations,” found little improvement in long term assessments of math and reading, despite stating “improvements seen in reading and mathematics.”
Reading Assessments:
Nine-year-old students scored an average of 215 in reading in 1980 and an average of 220 in 2008, an increase of 5 points through nearly three decades.
Thirteen-year-old students scored an average of 258 in reading in 1980 and an average of 260 in 2008, an increase of 2 points through nearly three decades.
Seventeen-year-old students scored an average of 285 in reading in 1980 and an average of 286 in 2008, an increase of 1 point through nearly three decades.
Math Assessments:
Nine-year-old students scored an average of 219 in math in 1982 and an average of 243 in 2008, an increase of 24 points through nearly three decades.
Thirteen-year-old students scored an average of 269 in math in 1982 and an average of 281 in 2008, an increase of 12 points through nearly three decades.
Seventeen-year-old students scored an average of 298 in math in 1982 and an average of 306 in 2008, an increase of 8 points through nearly three decades.
Although the NCES found nominal improvements in reading and slightly greater improvements in math, compared to the rest of the world the U.S. continues to fall behind the competition. Countries from Europe and Asia are surpassing the United States in math, reading and science. As The Washington Post reported, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) 2009 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) found the U.S. was “average in reading, average in science and slightly below average in math.”


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  2. The grammar in this is so utterly horrible it is difficult to read. But the premise is that our education has gone down over the last 30 years when even the cited numbers show they've gone up. We started out as number 1 and actually improved upon our own numbers. The problem is that other countries have found better and more efficient ways and have surpassed that. And I take real exception to the repeated pointing to females. The extremely poor grammar and the overtly misogynistic point of view leave this to simply be the ramblings of an uneducated person with very little point other than to blame women for his own poor writing.

    1. Get a life! You're a bully. Our whole educational system is failing. Our government and the teachers are to blame! It's impossible to fire the bad ones and there are a lot.

  3. Yes, really poor grammar. Claims a degree but clearly it was not in education or English. There are commas where they don't belong, misspellings, run-on sentences, misuse of your/you're. One sentence (this one: "I know how we American, except responsibility like out politician do they blame others.") was such a hot mess I have no idea what it was saying. The one thing I'm sure of, however, is that the word was "ACCEPT," not "except." Aside from that, the sentence is still a jumbled mess, as is much of the rest of the treatise from start to finish. If we were to base our opinions solely on this writing, we'd have to come to the conclusion that maybe the educational system wasn't that great to begin with. Maybe we were number one because it was truly terrible elsewhere.

  4. Who cares how well he writes! He is 100% correct! You guys want to bash his writing abilities rather than face the facts he put up!

    American education is slipping badly and anyone with a modicum of commonsense knows that

  5. Behind every poorly written man, is a sinister female educator. Point taken.

  6. Great article. It wasn't hard to read like some of these uber-educated snobs say. I can just imagine they had their red pens out ready for battle. Lol Anyway, thanks for sharing.

  7. Grammar is bad because schools B bad You feel me

  8. Anonymous....what are you afraid of? Why are you hiding behind anonymity? I finished High School in 1962 and dropped out of college twice. At 73, I have lived long enough that I can begin to see trends. I have read notes sent home by my children's teachers; I have corrected them with red ink; I have returned them to the offending teachers. I did not do this to demonstrate superiority. I simply wanted those teachers to know that I was monitoring my children
    's progress and that I required the very best from the teaching staff. I have the solution to our decline in education (yes, I have noticed that trend over the past four decades). I suggest we abolish the Department of Education and dismantle that entire machine. The education of our children needs to be managed on a local level by people who can see the forest and the trees. We outspend all other countries on education...most recently $15,000+ per pupil per year. Rather than throwing all those dollars at failed and failing government programs and bureaucracies, I say we should throw all those dollars at teachers. Let's prove we're serious about educating our youth by attracting the best and the brightest to lead in our classrooms. Let's take on the NEA, nose to nose, and start weeding out those teachers who are ill-equipped or poorly motivated to serve our children well. They deserve our very best! End of rant !!!

  9. I couldn’t agree more. You effectively expressed what many haven’t been able to convey. Enough complaining, let’s fix the problem.

  10. In 1965, there were two major federal initiatives developed with funding from The Elementary and Secondary Education Act passed that year. One was the 1965-1969 Behavioral Science Teacher Education Program and the other was the publication by the governmentof "Pacesetters in Innovation", a 584-page catalogue of behavior modification programs to be used by the schools.

    Let me repeat that: a catalogue of behavior modification programs!

    in the 1960's "American education would henceforth concern itself with the importance of the group rather than with the importance of the individual." The purpose of education would shift to focuson the studentÕs emotional health, rather than academic learning.

    "In 1960, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Convention Against Discrimination was signed in Paris. This convention laid the groundwork for controlof American education, both public and private, by UN agencies and agents."

    Now connect the dots. In 1960, "Soviet Education Programs: Foundations, Curriculums, Teacher Preparation" was published under the auspices of the US Department of Health, Educationand Welfare. It was the blueprint for the US school-to-work restructuring that would take place and it would rely on the "Pavlovian conditioned reflex theory." The mastermind of mind control and conditioning was a psychologist,Dr. B.F. Skinner who was the guru of the mess that passes for education in America today.

    Though hard to believe even now, the US adopted the Soviet Communist approach to education. In 1961, Rep. John M. Ashbrook tried to alert Congress to what was happening. Citing a document published by the Department of Health,Education and Welfare called "A Federal Education Agency for the Future, " he called the new education programs "a blueprint for complete domination and direction of our schools from Washington

    In 1976, Catherine Barrett,then president of the National Education Association, gave a speech in which she said, "First, we will help all of our people understand that school is a concept and not a place. We will not confuse "schooling" with education. The school will be the community,the community the school." This predates Hillary Clinton's "it takes a village" concept, but it reflects a communist view that all of society must be employed to form the views of students. Individualism is bad. Conforming to the group is good.

    Barrett went on to say "We will need to recognize that so-called basic skills, which currently represent nearly the total effort in elementary schools, will be taught in one quarter ofthe present school day. The remaining time will be devoted to what is truly fundamental and basic---time for academic inquiry, time for students to develop their own interests, time for a dialogue between students and teachers, more than a dispenser of information,the teacher will be a conveyor of values, a philosopher. Students will learn to write love letters and lab notes."

    You may want to read this again. The then-head of the NEA was talking about turning the school day into one devoted to just about everything other than the teaching of reading, writingand arithmetic. Teachers were, instead, to become "agents of change."

    In 1972, Dr. Chester M. Pierce, MD, of Harvard University wrote an article entitled "Becoming Planetary Citizens: A Quest for Meaning" that appeared in the November issue of Childhood Education. Hewas concerned that children, by the age of five, "already have a lot of political attitudes", among which were "a tenacious loyalty to his country and its leader." What he wanted was a child who entered kindergarten "with the same kind of loyalty to theearth as to his homeland."