posted on Nov, 27 2013 @ 12:52 PM
It's not just USA schools that were dumbed down, the same think happened in the UK. I can list all the events that happened:
1. Oil workers got paid more than graduates in the 1980's. This has caused a population reversal where school-leavers could afford to live in the
city, but not young couples. There was actually a teachers strike over this. Now the playgrounds have been converted into car parks for teachers who
can't afford to live locally.
2. Closure of special needs schools. Originally kids with behavioral problems went to specialist schools with specially trained staff. Politicians
decided to close these, and sell the buildings off to property developers. Those kids ended up going to standard primary and secondary schools -
wearing out many good teachers.
3. Closure of smaller schools - they didn't have enough facilities to provide for the entire curriculum. Politicians would say the kids were
"rattling about likes peas in a pod". Other schools then had to take on larger class sizes.
But really, politicians rezoned council housing for the use by retired couples. That way they could deliberately maintain a shortage of family homes
in the city to keep prices up.
4. "Streamlined" education syllabuses. Mathematics and Arithmetic were merged together and dropped concepts like simple interest/compound interest.
Physics, Chemistry and Biology were merged into General Sciences. Coursework replaced exam work.
5. Introduction of Foundation, General and Credit levels of exams. Basically the same course, but with different levels of exam. That way, everyone
could get an A. But employers didn't recognise the Foundation or General levels, so they were dropped.