Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Friday, August 05, 2011

You've Gotta Have Standards!

So our public education system has resulted in a population in which 1 in 7 adults are functionally illiterate, and "only 12 percent of high-school seniors, who are getting ready to vote for the first time, have a proficient knowledge of history."

What about math? I think this picture says the proverbial 1,000 words:

Well, it's good to know in these dark days of mass ignorance that our institutions of higher learning have their standards! Or, at least are considering having standards.

The local junior college, Pima Community College has a standard: students must be at least sixteen years old. But now they're considering imposing some new ones:
The question boils down to how smart you should have to be to attend Pima Community College.

Currently there is no requirement. You only need to be age 16.

But Pima's governing board is considering changing that to require new students to have a high school diploma or GED. Students also would have to pass a reading, writing and math assessment test with the skills of a sixth or seventh grader.

Pima Chancellor Roy Flores says, "We need to find different pathways for those students that are testing in at second, third, fourth and fifth grade levels."
Sweet. Bleeding. Jeebus.  No, it's not a question of how smart you are, it's a question of how educated you are. Ignorance is correctable, but as comedian Ron White has said, "You can't fix stupid. There's not a pill you can take; there's not a class you can go to. Stupid is forever."

Bear in mind, this is a college. Yes, you can go learn to weld at PCC (and if you don't test out at above sixth grade, be prepared to suffer a lot of burns for the rest of your life), but you can also go get a 2-year associate's degree. When I moved to Arizona I went to PCC for the first two years and got caught up on my freshman and sophomore courses before transferring to the University of Arizona (at in-state tuition rates, which I couldn't get at the U of A until I'd lived here a year.)

Read the last line in the above excerpt again: "We need to find different pathways for those students that are testing in at second, third, fourth and fifth grade levels." These are, at minimum, sixteen year-olds. The vast majority of them are over 18.

And as Say Uncle put it this morning, "their vote counts just as much as yours."

You want to know how we ended up with the government we have? This is how. In 1983 the report A Nation at Risk on the state of public education in America pulled no punches when it stated:
If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.  As it stands, we have allowed this to happen to ourselves.
Our government-provided schools have produced generation upon generation of government-approved product. It's a positive-feedback loop, and it has achieved full screeching saturation.

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