Monday, January 30, 2006

Failing to teach them how to handle real life - Sunday Times - Times Online

Failing to teach them how to handle real life - Sunday Times - Times Online: "After studying 25,000 children across both state and private schools Philip Adey, a professor of education at Kings College London confidently declares: The intelligence of 11-year-olds has fallen by three years worth in the past two decades."

This is disturbing. But the question you have to ask is:"Is the drop because of the educational system or is it something in the water/food?"

Personally I tend to think that the educational system is failing and is falling apart and it is getting more apparent all the time. Even parents that say "I'm a product of public schools, and I'm doing okay." are beginning to be leery of what is going on in schools today.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Study: Most College Students Lack Skills - Yahoo! News

Study: Most College Students Lack Skills - Yahoo! News: "More than half of students at four-year colleges and at least 75 percent at two-year colleges lack the literacy to handle complex, real-life tasks such as understanding credit card offers, a study found."

It is obvious to anyone else that the public education system is falling apart. Do you really think that the government will be able to pay Social Security with workers who can barely drive a car.

Most people think, "But I got through public school okay?" How do you define "okay?" Eyebrow deep in debt, paying minimums and siting in a cube all day? Is that really okay or is it not okay?

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Economic View: What's the Return on Education?

Economic View: What's the Return on Education?: "This academic year, the better part of $1 trillion will be spent on education in the United States. That's an awful lot of spending, approaching 10 percent of the overall economy. But what exactly is the return on all of that money?While the costs are fairly simple to calculate, the benefits of education are harder to sum up."

The previous post showed us that literacy is on the downward slope.

How well you're socialization is won't help you with feeding a family.

Literacy of College Graduates Is on Decline

Literacy of College Graduates Is on Decline: "'It's appalling -- it's really astounding,' said Michael Gorman, president of the American Library Association and a librarian at California State University at Fresno. 'Only 31 percent of college graduates can read a complex book and extrapolate from it. That's not saying much for the remainder.'"

Are those in charge of education Fools or Fiends?

If fools then maybe we are seeing an extreme form of the Peter Principle. If fiends then they are actively trying to destroy world civilization.

Either way you have to teach your children the basics and then they can survive and prosper.