None Dare Call It Education: What's Happening to Our Schools by John Stormer

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The documented account of the way schooling "reforms" are undermining teachers and standard values.

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None Dare Call It Education: What's Happening to Our Schools & Our Children?

The documented account of the way schooling "reforms" are undermining teachers and standard values.

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HOW QUALIFIED ARE THE TEACHERS? A disturbing "alarm bell" sounded in June 1998. It may shed important light on why schools are failing to prepare students academically. Before granting teaching certificates to new college graduates, Massachusetts decided to give 2000 of them a basic reading and writing test. When 56% flunked, the State Board of Education at first decided to grade on a curve so that only 44% would fail. Then because of public outcries it reversed itself so that all 56% or 1200 did fail.

Often without the knowledge of parents. Controversies have been ongoing ever since. Typical of the complaints was a situation which made the front page of the Washington Times in early 1997. Parents at Centreville Elementary School in Fairfax County (near Washington DC) were told fifth and sixth grade girls would be shown videos dealing with sexual development in girls—while boys would be shown videos appropriate for boys. However, at the family dinner table on March 21, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wiggins were stunned to learn that their young daughter had also been shown videos that depicted the sexual awakening of boys.

Then because of public outcries it reversed itself so that all 56% or 1200 did fail. The Associated Press reported: Massachusetts House Speaker Thomas Finnegan said he had seen the tests and was appalled that the applying teachers couldn't "define a noun or a verb or what democracy means or the meaning of the word imminent,"28 The Department of Education released a sample of the test which Board Chairman John Silber, the longtime president of Boston University, said seemed to be at about the eighth grade level.

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