On December 22, I reported how Illinois’s public school system is failing thousands of students, writing:
“However a growing number of high school graduates in Illinois are not able to meet the basic educational requirements to handle community college courses. According to a recent report on the 40,000 high school 2013 Illinois graduates that enrolled in the state’s community colleges, 48.7% were required to take at least 1 remedial class to being them up to basic college level proficiency.”
Earlier this week I reported that the New York City public system is also failing thousands of students, writing:
“StudentsFirstNY conducted a study of the New York City public schools and released their findings in The Hidden Truth: Massive Grade Inflation Conceals Underperformance in NYC Schools.”
“The group discovered that it is a common practice throughout the NYC public school system that students’ grades are being inflated by the schools to give appearance that more students are passing than should be passing. A number of schools in the NYC public school system have fewer than 10% of their students passing state tests, yet 85% of the same students receive passing grades for their coursework, prompting the authors to call for an independent audit of the coursework being used.”
Now California has taken measures to hide the failure of their public school system.
Senate Bill 172 was passed by the Democratic controlled legislature, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, a very liberal Democrat, and goes into effect today, January 1, 2016. SB 172 reads:
“Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction, with the approval of the State Board of Education, to develop a high school exit examination in English language arts and mathematics in accordance with state academic content standards. Existing law requires, commencing with the 2003–04 school year and each school year thereafter, each pupil completing grade 12 to successfully pass the high school exit examination as a condition of receiving a diploma of graduation or a condition of graduation from high school.”
“This bill would suspend the administration of the high school exit examination and would remove the high school exit examination as a condition of receiving a diploma of graduation or a condition of graduation from high school for each pupil completing grade 12, for the 2015–16, 2016–17, and 2017–18 school years. The bill would, until July 31, 2018, require the governing board or body of a local educational agency, as defined, and the State Department of Education on behalf of state special schools, to grant a diploma of graduation from high school to any pupil who completed grade 12 in the 2003–04 school year or a subsequent school year and has met all applicable graduation requirements other than the passage of the high school exit examination.”
In other words, high school students can graduate and receive their diploma without having to take the state exit examine. The reason for this is that too many students failed the exit exam because they weren’t really learning the lessons being taught to them by the public schools.
If the California public school system was doing their jobs, then many more students would be passing the exit exams and there would be no need for SB 172.
As I continue to read these reports, I can’t help but think how much different America would be today if we had a public school system like the one my father-in-law had when he attended school in Barbados in the early 1900’s. His exit exam was an oral only exam that encompassed all 4 years of high school, and it was done in front of a review board. The exam even required him to do all of his math mentally and give oral answers. I remember shopping with him on a number of occasions when he rolled his shopping cart up to the checkout. Before the cashier could enter the first item, he would give you the total cost of the purchase including tax. He could easily calculate many forms of math without using a calculator or pencil and paper. Up until the time he went to be with our Lord and Savior at the age of 81, he able to do the math and recall much of what he was taught because of the way they taught it.
If America had a similar education system, people wouldn’t be dumbed down into accepting the liberal and socialist brainwashing of the public school system and we may not be in the state our nation is in now. Chances are we may not have had anti-American leaders like Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and we probably wouldn’t be looking at the possibility of allowing Hillary Clinton to further destroy our nation.
Illinois, New York City and California are among the many reasons I strongly recommend private schools and or homeschooling. For those parents that can’t afford to do either, they need to be active in their kids’ education, checking over what they are being taught and be ready to counter the issues they disagree with, such as the teaching of homosexuality, anti-American socialism, globalism, etc.