Friday, July 26, 2013

The Charade of Government Education

Alabama Adopts Race-based Standards for School Students

“Alabama public schools will be under a new state-created academic accountability system that sets different goals for students in math and reading based on their race, economic status, ability to speak English and disabilities.”
"The new system, called Plan 2020, sets a different standard for students in each of several subgroups — American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, black, English language learners, Hispanic, multirace, poverty, special education and white."

This so absurd, I can barely contain myself. Why have standards at all? 

Where does the game end? If it's "unfair" in school to demand equal standards for all students, won't it be "unfair" in college? Or medical school? Or even in the job market?

Let's do something crazy and just think about the consequences here...

  • All students, with varying levels of actual (as opposed to false) competency, will compete for the same colleges and jobs, yet at some point, the under-performers will lose out.
  • Accusations of racism will fly. 
  • Government to the rescue: Occupational quotas galore.

What will happen to occupations that historically require skill or a keen intellect? When you're on that airplane, how will it make you feel to know that your air traffic controller might be one of those "false competents"? Or what about that surgeon you're entrusting your child to for that risky procedure?

Why even bother to have an education system or standards if, in the end, the outcomes really don't matter?

Just close all the schools, give everyone a diploma, and call it a day. 

Let's just get past the charade of government "education" please.

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