In the 1990s I observed the same thing in Chicago. I required a High School diploma or GED to apply for a job at my company in the city. Of the applicants approximately 80% could not make change for a $20 in their head nor could they write a basic, grammatically-correct business letter.Yep. And I've realized that it's not an accident. But whether the results are malicious or unintentional, one thing is clear--both to myself and Mr. Denninger: The public education system MUST BE DESTROYED.
In other words they could not read, write and calculate at the level of basic competence expected of 8th graders.
Not a damn thing has changed in the intervening 20 years despite ever-escalating costs.
No, it won't be perfect. Yes, some parents will do nothing and their kids will founder.Word. More commentary from Le Cygne Gris:
But the outcome will be better than it is now and eliminate all of the taxes and borrowing you consume at the same time, which is the only test that matters -- outcome.
Anything -- including literally nothing more than paying for libraries and letting those kids who want to learn sit in them and read -- is better than what we have now.
They’re learning that it’s wrong to play with make-believe guns since guns scare the piss out of ignorant elementary school teachers who apparently lack both imagination and tolerance for others of differing worldviews. To recap, kids aren’t learning how to read or write, but they are learning that all guns, even pretend ones made out of pastries, are scary and bad. What passes for education today is nothing more than pablum and propaganda. Government-funded schools are deliberately crippling children’s intellectual development.Sending your children to public school is prima facie evidence of unfit parenting. Yes, I mean that in the most literal sense. The evidence clearly shows that it is harming your children, not helping, and if you're not paying sufficient attention to realize that, you really shouldn't have reproduced.
Why are government-funded schools doing this? Well, if history is any indication, ignorance is a good way to keep slaves from rebelling[...]