posted on May, 1 2008 @ 07:52 AM
Perhaps one of the biggest conspiracies facing us today is this precise subject. Fantastic points!
I see several reasons for the failure in education:
1) Parents do not seem to care about their children like they once did. My father instilled a desire to learn in me. If I needed something for school,
he would rather go hungry than see me do without. He was always there to help with homework and answer any questions for me, even if he couldn't do
much but offer moral support (he dropped out after the sixth grade to help with the family farm).
I try to instill that same ideal in my kids as well. But I see people all around me who seem to consider school as a daycare system so they can either
go to work or go out for fun. Their kids seem to bore of learning early on and wind up barely passing high school and then getting a job in the local
plant next to their parents.
I can't say why this is. Maybe the financial pressures on families have risen to the point that people don't think they can afford to help their
kids learn. Or maybe it's just selfishness. I've heard it said that the present attitude toward abortion has lessened our feelings toward children
in general, but in reality, I just don't know.
2) Schools have become daycare centers. Discipline is out of control. One student can be expelled for drawing a picture of a water pistol, while
another can be allowed to run amok, bullying others and picking fights. This makes it impossible to actually have a classroom atmosphere that promotes
And it's not any one person's fault, either. It's a failure of society in general. Despite rumors to the contrary, there are still schools that
practice corporal punishment (ours here does). yet I fear that is short-lived, since I have already had to be the advocate for my children a few times
when they were unfairly singled out, usually over a teacher's inability or lack of desire to see the whole picture. Injustice leads to more rules to
make injustice stop, but more rules lead to problems when the rules are overly stringent and unforeseen circumstances arise (as they always will).
3) Teachers are no longer willing to teach. I know there are good teachers out there, but it seems that for every one, there are four or five that
simply want to grab a paycheck and go home, spending a few hours a day droning on in a monotone in a classroom of bored students. Those who can't
initially grasp the subject matter are left behind, and later on in life, left out due to never having learned that one lesson.
4) No Child Left Behind is a disaster. teachers are taking the easy way out, and teaching only what is absolutely required of them. Students who
don't want to learn are inundated with how important this test is, and those who do want to learn are told to just study for the test.
5) Money. why is it that our schools cannot provide pencil and paper, but they can spend two to three times the going price for office supplies? I
know this to be the case, as I at one time tried to help out my local school by saving them 60% on anything they wanted. All I would have done
was order the stuff to their specs and let them pick it up. Any business with an office environment is paying a fraction of what the schools are.
I also offered to personally start and operate a book drive, as well as to get it rolling with about 50 books from my personal library, all perfectly
appropriate for children and in the correct age range as the other library books they already had. The reply? That's fine, as long as all the books
are on this list. the list had maybe a couple thousand books on it, which is what? Less than a tiny fraction of 1% of the books available? I just
threw up my hands and gave up.
I also know the guy who runs the computer store that supplies the school with their computers. He has a reputation of being the most expensive
supplier inj the entire area and uses second-rate components to boot! I have never seen over two cars parked in front of his place at one time, and I
can imagine if not for that nice little school contract, he wouldn't have a single return customer. Did I mention he's big in the Mason's lodge?
Apparently, this financial load has caused some problems, but fundraising is here to save the day! Well, maybe not. I remember back when I was in
school, the big fundraiser was right before Christmas every year, when we sold orders for big boxes of fruit. It was a hit; people could help out the
school, have fresh fruit, and it all went down just in time for the biggest holiday in town. Now, the bright idea that has replaced it is to sell
Coca-Cola by the case, for approximately twice the cost that stores sell them, order only, with a four week delivery, and then you have to come by the
school to pick them up. Oh, they sell great... NOT! And the scary thing is when you realize these financial geniuses are teaching our children
All the while people are still asking, "What happened to the oranges?"
6) Drugs are rampart in the schools. No one can learn while they're high. What happened to smoking in the bathroom? Oh, that's right, cigarettes are
7) Teen sex. The local high school has had to start segregating the freshmen, due to the fact that almost one half the ninth grade girls are getting
pregnant in school! I'm at least glad they can kill the kid (have an abortion) so they can get pregnant again... er, wait, that doesn't make sense
either... well, I'm sure it's still better than that silly abstinence thing, at least that's what we are told.
8) Boredom. Anyone who wants to further their education by actually learning soon finds out that free thought and new ideas are frowned upon. Without
this intellectual stimuli, kids get a 'don't care' attitude that not only denies them the joys of an education, but follows then throughout their
entire sheepish lives.
I could go on, but the character counter is getting low, and I'm getting frustrated writing all this terrible truth. To the OP: hang in there.
You'll be one of the elite in your world.