It’s hard to decide whether to laugh or cry at the education chaos in Liberal Land. There’s Dalton, the swank private school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, whose staff has just issued a 24-point anti-racist manifesto demanding, amongst other things, twelve diversity officers, thusly
Expand the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to include at least 12 full-time positions: one Director, one Office Assistant, three full-time staff members per division, and one full-time staff member for PE/Athletics.
Back when I went to a swank private school in England in the 1960s, I’d say the total administrative staff, from headmaster and bursar down to office staff, was no more than five.
Then there’s the school district in swank Brookline, Massachusetts, a town full to the brim with highly-credentialed, well-paid experts and NPR honchos like Meghna Chakrabarti who all seem to have the credentials to boss around the school district and its teachers’ union. Because credentials..........More
Most are familiar with the undergraduate student deferments used to dodge the draft in the 1960s. Less well known were the ones for graduate school, in place until 1968. Those led to a3-fold increase in Ph.D. degrees -- men only -- in the ‘60s compared to the previous decade. The increases prior to that were a couple percent per decade. And where are most Ph.D. awardees employed? At universities.........More
The dramatic increase in the number of college-educated persons voting for Democrats began shortly after the colleges switched their primary mission from education and mind expansion to indoctrination and social justice warring.........The Democrat party is rapidly becoming a party of elites, a professional-managerial class comprising those who believe they are smarter than others who haven't spent years in higher education. College-educated voters now vote overwhelmingly for Democrats, far more so than at any other time in American history.
According to the Wall Street Journal's analysis of the 2020 election, former vice president Joe Biden carried 84 out of the 100 counties with the largest share of residents holding a bachelor's degree or greater.
The analysis, based upon the United States Census Bureau's five-year American Community Survey, also shows how rapidly the voting habits of the college-educated have changed. In 1980, for example, Republicans won 76 out of those 100 "most educated" counties. Democrats won 24. But in the 1990s, Democrats began winning a majority of these counties.And by 2008, Republicans were winning fewer than one quarter of the counties................More
Over the last few months, I've heard more and more frustration with public education. It started a few years ago with the bathroom debate. It has now exploded with school closings because of COVID.
No matter what, parents want choices, and public education can't give it to them, as we see in this article by J.D. Tucille:
Insisting that "the push to reopen schools is rooted in sexism, racism and misogyny," the Chicago Teachers Union is fighting plans to return children to the city's public school classrooms.
Not only is the union seeking an injunction to keep kids at home, but it says "all options are going to be on the table" — an implied threat of a strike in an already chaotic year — if it's not happy with the school board's decision.
Amidst a multitude of such battles across the country, it's no wonder that families weary of being held hostage to other people's decisions are abandoning government schools to enroll their kids in private institutions or to teach them at home.
That shift is likely to permanently transform education in the United States in a way that lets children experience diverse approaches and viewpoints.
Yes, reality has finally caught up with public education. In a generation, we've gone from public schools that taught you to love the flag and country to teachers' union more in tune with the left wing of the Democrat Party. To matters worse, the quality of education has declined and inner city schools are first-rate disasters with fewer kids learning to read and write.
It's sad that it took a pandemic to do it, but big changes are coming to public education.