Guinea Pigs are used in laboratories for experimental reasons. We run tests on them to see what works and what doesn't.
Prior to 1960s, the US had the highest literacy rate in the world, 80%. Most all citizens could work basic math problems to include fractions, decimals, and percents. In the 1950s we tried "New Math" in our schools as an experiment using our children as Guinea Pigs. It failed big time. In the 1960s we tried "Sight Reading" in our schools experimenting on our children. It failed big time. Then we tried the "Open Classroom". We did this under the name "Schools without walls" experimenting on our children. It failed big time.
There has been a long string of experimental education ideas applied in our schools using our children as experimental Guinea Pigs. They have all failed.
So what would successful education look like? At least 80% of students would be proficient in reading, writing, and math when educated. But today we graduate functionally illiterate citizens who are not able to do fractions, decimals, or percents. Just consider the old reading primer "Pilgrims Progress". k-3 students could read this proficiently by the 3rd grade. Today, High School graduates cannot read and understand it. There are many, maybe even most college graduates that cannot read and understand this elementary primer.
The typical state proficiency rate is less than 50%. This raises a few questions that need to be answered by everyone in education and/or politics.
1. Is a 50% failure rate in schools good? If not, why? If not, what are you going to do about it?
2. How did we get to a 50% failure rate? Isn't it the job of the state superintendent of schools to know, as well as the state legislatures, and the media? Shouldn't the answers be reported to the citizens? If citizens do not know the answers, shouldn't they be asking their superintendent of schools, as well as the state legislatures, and the media to provide answers?
3. What is the statistically proven plan to return the US to an 80% proficiency in English and math? What, no plan? Obviously, the current state and national education leaders are doing nothing, the Democratic Party is doing nothing, the Republican Party is doing nothing, the Unions are doing nothing, the Chamber is doing nothing, the legislatures, both national and state, are doing nothing, so what will YOU do? If they are not going to do anything, it is up to you and me. I'm writing this article, what are you doing? This is the biggest news story in US history.
I believe the destruction of US education may be the biggest story in US History! And the media says ... ho hum, nothing to discuss here. The legislature says ... ho hum, nothing to look into here. And citizens say, "What can we do?"
Is this really a big story? The colonies went to war with the mightiest nation on earth at the time, England. Why? They went to war over a 2% TEA TAX! But our education going from 80% to 50% is no big deal? Where is the outrage? Where are the media and legislative investigations? These are not my numbers, but numbers provided by the official education sources, typically about 50% proficiency rates in each state, some higher and some lower.
Am I alone in seeing this as a problem?