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Thursday, December 16, 2004

A Failing Grade--well, duh.

Walter Williams has an easy job. He's busy dishing dirt on American "education" in his two most recent columns. Here's a sample from the latest:
...Recently released findings of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) ranked U.S. high school students 24th out of 29 countries. American 15-year-olds demonstrate less math proficiency than their counterparts in Hungary and the Slovak Republic. With those findings, we shouldn't be surprised by a recent U.S. Department of Education study finding that nearly half of all college students must take remedial courses in math and reading. According to National Center for Education Statistics, in 2000 close to 80 percent of colleges offered remedial services...
.Gee. It's almost like stealing pencils from a blind man's tin cup. In the land of the half wit (American "Public Education" or, as I prefer to call it, Prison for Kids), any wit at all is an unfair advantage... Keep in mind that the lowest common denominator in government schools is the administrators, who regularly rank below the teachers they supervise in intellectual achievement (heck, in intelligence) and such measures as GRE test scores. No wonder administrators place roadblock after roadblock in teachers' way: they are just plain flat too stupid (as a class) to be able to do anything else. The only people who have strong influence upon what is taught who are demonstrably more stupid than administrators are politicians and Mass Media Podpeople.