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Are Public Schools A Bad Investment? Findings of US Chamber of Commerce March 6, 2007

Posted by Daniel Downs in dishonesty, economics, education, politics, public schools.

Last week the US Chamber of Commerce came out with a report card on the performance of America’s schools. The study is called “Leaders and Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Educational Effectiveness.” Some positive finding were a teaching force ready to prepare kids for 21st century life and work, flexible organization empowering administrators to make goal achieving decisions, and the types of data and reporting vital to effective management of schools.

While reading this report, three things stood out. The first was the failure of nearly half of America’s schools to give taxpayers a good return on their investment. Forty percent of school systems gave an extreme poor ROI, and another twenty-two percent gave a mediocre return. Many of the highest performing state school system demographics consisted of up to 75% white with few students with learning disabilities. They also tended to spend considerably more money on education. Massachusetts is probably the best example of this demographic scenario. On the other side of the country is California. California has a very high percentage of minor students, especially Hispanics. They spend an average amount on education per student, and they also scored low on academic achievement. I imagine they have a larger-than-average number of students who come from poor families.

The second thing that drew my attention was a statement in the introduction. In part to justify the need for the study was the implication of a shortage of qualified workers. Seventy-seven million baby boomers are approaching retirement, thus the possible shortage. The question that immediately came to mind was this: if the shortage is real concern why did business and government accommodate the extermination of no less than 50 million potential workers?

That is the minimum result of Roe v Wade.

It is interesting that the most zealous supporters of abortion are gays, feminists, democrats, and other liberals.

Please do not misunderstand me. I am for women’s rights to equality under the Constitution. What I am against is gender equality. Nature’s biology testifies against it. I am also against fraud that won Roe v Wade and similar cases. Roe v Wade has been unlawful from the beginning. The women who were key to winning those cases have been telling that truth for many years.

The third, and most disturbing finding of the study, is extent of dishonesty among state school administrators. Leaders and Laggards reports 80% of school system falsified their student achievement. That is they lied about how many students demonstrated proficiency on national reading, writing, and math tests. The Chamber of Commerce calls it failing the Truth in Advertising test, but everyone else calls it dishonesty. If leaders of education are dishonest, what can be expected of teachers and students? Try more dishonesty.

So what is the big deal anyway? America tolerates lying politicians, lying sales people, and as long as insider trading or outright stealing is not proven, lying corporate managers. What kind of society is possible when everyone lies and no one can trust anyone? Remember the United States of Socialist Republics Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Their brand of democratic socialism was built upon perpetually lying. The reason the wall came down was not President Reagan’s superior diplomatic skills. It was the soon to be exposed edifice of lying by which the USSR impoverished most of its citizens. The impoverishing system of lies was about to be revealed by means of the Internet and Satellite TV. The USSR could control learning, media, entertainment, and travel, but they could not control technology.

Is America really any different? Lying is what has made the cultural war a painful reality. The more people whose convictions have been developed on those lies the more we become like citizens of the USSR. The model citizen becomes Madeline O’Hara. O’Hara hated America and especially its Christian heritage. Her attempt to become a citizen of the USSR was denied. What a shame.



1. mhcbilly - March 6, 2007

Integrity has disappeared from the world,sadly. We can’t seem to see beyond our own little problems.

2. A.P.E.S. notes for today. « in2thefray - March 21, 2007

[…] First we look at a study of the schools in California Overall a scathing indictment of the system in the state. I would say most other states would be unlikely to withstand the scrutiny. A good overview of school performance on a nationwide level can be seen here. […]

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