Readin’, Writin’ and Stupidity
“In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.”
“It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.”
Robert Green Ingersoll
Teachers’ unions in Canada are upset with the current Conservative ad that suggests that Justin Trudeau’s career as a substitute drama teacher isn’t sufficient preparation to lead a nation. They decry what they see as the denigration of their profession. Perhaps they would be better served if they turned their focus inward if they want to raise respect for the work they do.
In the past, I’ve written about the New York City Department Education’s war on words like dinosaur, dancing, divorce and bodily functions. I’ve dedicated posts to the politically correct stupidity of schools in Canada that have sought to eradicate the ‘Halloween’ from Halloween by having children dress up only in costumes that reflect occupations of caring or by changing the name to Black and Orange Day.
Schools routinely refuse to allow teachers to assign a zero to students who have failed to submit a required assignment and advance students who have failed the course curriculum so as not to harm their self-esteem.
I’ve written about these things because the education of our children is a sacred trust, a trust that is being abused and violated by educators, consultants and bureaucrats who place more emphasis on politically correct sociological nonsense and social activism than on graduating functionally literate young people who can spell, who have a fundamental grasp of the basics like geography, history and even civics.
Each question is followed by the answer that the school deemed to be correct in parenthesis. Try to keep your grip on reality as you read through.
1. True or False: the earth is billions of years old. (false)
2. True or False: dinosaurs lived millions of years ago (true
3. On what day did God make dinosaurs? (on the 6th day)
4. True or False: Dinosaurs lived with people? (true)
5. What did people and animals eat in the beginning? (plants)
6. Which one fits the Behemoth described in Job 40? (Students were asked to choose and circle an elephant, a rhinoceros or a dinosaur). (dinosaur)
7. True or False: If an animal has sharp teeth it means it is a meat eater? (False)
8. Whom do we always trust? (God)
9. What is the history book of the Universe? (The Bible)
10. What did God tell Noah to build? (an ark)
12. What caused there to be fossils? a) lightning b) a global flood c) tornado d) evolution (a global flood)
13. Fossils are. . . (the answer that was given and which was deemed correct was
“billions of dead things buried in rock layers by water all over the earth”
14. The next time someone tells you that the earth is billions (or millions) of years old, what can you say (were you there?)
When I first stumbled on this, I was convinced it had to be a joke; a satire by someone taking a shot at religious schooling. In fact, it was so unbelievable to me that I researched it to try and prove it was a hoax. I even looked it up on Snopes.com who confirmed that it’s real
And you wonder why the world is dumbing down.
God help us. The people who are responsible for the education of our children whether in religious or public schools are out of their minds. They are bereft of reason, simply batshit crazy. Children are being taught everything but what they will need to gain a firm foundation upon which to build life-long learning skills.
University students have been tested and failed elementary geography, lack an understanding of how our government works, can’t spell or punctuate but boy, can they work a smart phone.
It isn’t their fault. It’s ours. We’ve allowed this to happen. We have elected school boards and politicians who have grasped every new educational concept that drifted by like the current Common Core nonsense in the United States.
We have allowed them to use our children as experiments to achieve their political, religious or secular and social agendas rather than demanding that they impart real knowledge and the ability to learn.
The great dichotomy of our time is that we have never had access to more knowledge than we do at this point in the history of humanity and we have never done so little with it or failed so miserably to impart it to our children.
For all of our sophisticated technology, despite all the experts and consultants, there are days when I believe children learned more in the old one-room school house out on the prairie a hundred years ago than they do today. At least then, they learned things that were somewhat related to reality and that they could use in life.
Educating our children is the most important priority we have in ensuring that they will lead successful lives. You would have thought we would have learned that by now but it seems to have slipped the minds of most educators.
If you’re still wondering where all the stupid people are coming from, look no further than our educational systems. There are some great teachers out there who are committed, professional and who care but they are too often hamstrung by bureaucrats, politicians, unions and ‘experts’ with agendas that have little to do with giving our children the education they need and deserve. My baby sister is one of those teachers and it frustrates her that there are so many who have elevated stupidity and politically correct thinking to an art form. It too often stands between her and her students and isn’t why she became a teacher.
It’s small wonder that home-schooling is becoming increasingly popular these days.