From The VG Bookshelf: The Education Apocalypse Part Two

From The VG Bookshelf: The Education Apocalypse Part Two

From The VG Bookshelf: The Education Apocalypse Part Two

Last week, I introduced you to Part One of The Education Apocalypse by Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds. Part One focused on the history of the American education system. We focused on how it came to be and how it came to be such a mess. You can read Part One here. This week, we will discuss some more of the horrors of our education apocalypse and some of the options for where we need to go.

As Reynolds discusses, tuition skyrockets as institutions of education add layer upon layer of personnel. Not personnel who can add value to our children’s education. No. These institutions are adding diversity administrators. Just how many diversity administrators? Take a gander at this list from the book:

There is no agenda there, right? To make matters even worse, universities and colleges (the normal ones, I will explain), are teaching children that America is stained by the original sin of slavery and that the parental units often paying the bills have the wrong morals and values. Victory Girls’ Lisa Carr recently wrote about the experience that Concerned Women for America’s Penny Nance had dropping off her son at Virginia Tech. You can read it here. From Lisa’s post:

The indoctrination is rampant in the lecture halls and Student Unions. It’s more than the buzzwords of “inclusion”, “activism” and “acceptance”, universities are going all-out. From the gentle nudge to use preferred gender pronouns to schools like American University mandating of their use. Schools are changing their mottos because they are not “woke” enough. Dorms are being segregated, while all-female and all-male clubs are open to the opposite (or other) genders.

That’s why I thank the Good Lord everyday that my child didn’t go to a normal college. My son graduated from The Citadel and wears The Ring. There is no gender pronoun confusion when everyone is a Knob the first year and every answer must be given in a “sir sandwich”.

Understand this: If my little cherub hadn’t wanted a military career and excelled in JROTC in high school, we wouldn’t have ponied up the duckets for the school or let him go almost 400 miles from home. No, if my son didn’t have a specific career goal that would enable him to earn a good living, he could have worked and gone to the junior college off of Pelissippi Parkway. I don’t understand people who take out loans for Women’s Studies. But, I digress.

Back to The Education Apocalypse. What are parents to do? The American education system is turning out a poor product and teaching your child to hate America. Plus, according to The Education Apocalypse, only 64% of students graduate from college in six years. Six years!

Professor Reynolds believes that online learning and out of the box thinking being explored by “edupunks”. Listen to this interview with Professor Reynolds. It’s a long interview, but so worth it.

The edupunks take a do-it-yourself approach to learning and I am totally on board with this approach, since I could never sit still at a desk and listen to someone yammer on at a board or screen.

Learning styles are so individual. Parents need to wrest back control of their children from the government schools and do what is right for each child. Parents, necessarily, may have to give up a little of their self-actualization and take responsibility for making sure each child receives the best education possible, according to that child’s intellectual capacity.

Not all parents are up for homeschooling. I know I couldn’t have done it full time. I did, however, use the “What Your Child Needs To Know” books for each grade by E. D. Hirsch. They were both supplemental to what he was learning at school and a test for what he wasn’t learning.

Education is changing. Professor Reynolds has shown us the broad strokes of why it must. It is up to us as parents and grandparents to ensure that the next generation gets the best education possible without huge debt.

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  • Scott says:

    Good stuff as usual Toni, and I totally agree with the online programs. As someone who’s returned to college AFTER my kids have hit college age, online is the only way i can finish my degree (in addition to the fact that i’d probably be tempted to slap the stupid out of a professor or classmate if I had to sit in a regular classroom with them..)

    • GWB says:

      Online classes aren’t a total substitute for in-class learning, though. Unfortunately, like so much technology (in particular) and so many teaching methodologies, some people think it is THE solution to all their problems. It certainly has its place, though.

      (OTOH, the old SF idea of a computer teaching our children… no. Our children need to learn with each other to some extent, and need adult interaction to some extent.)

      • Scott says:

        I agree, it’s definitely not an across the board fix. My son tried it in high school, and it didn’t work for him all. In my situation, it’s perfect. It does depend on the course work / subject, and many of my classes have at least online interaction with others. While fresh from high-school college students without question need that adult interaction, I think at m age, after 30+ years in my field, and since high school, I’ll probably do fine without that aspect of college…

  • GWB says:

    every answer must be given in a “sir sandwich”.
    “Yes, sir.” “No, sir.” “Sir, I do not know.” “Sir, may I ask a question?” “Sir, may I make a statement?”
    Other than the answer to a direct question (or affirmatives to the last two) those are the only answers allowed from a Doolie (a first-year Zoomie Air Force cadet). And God help you if you use the third one for a non-academic question. And you better have a DARN good reason for the last two (such as “Sir, may I make a statement?” “Yes.” “Sir, you’re on fire.”)

    Learning styles are so individual.
    Not as much as some portions of the educational establishment would like you to think. But more so than the other wing.

    Not all parents are up for homeschooling.
    Again, it’s doable for a lot more than think so. As you mention learning styles, there are also homeschooling styles to fit most circumstances. (BTW, you practiced one – supplemental instruction.) I know of the following people who have ‘homeschooled’ in one fashion or another: traditional (working dad, stay-at-home mom), dual-income (at-home work and at-company work), single mom (with full-time job), single dad (same), and grandparents – retired and dual-income.

    The most important point you make is the one about parents taking responsibility. It’s much like the rant I go on about police, and us being citizens doing our duty: it’s your responsibility as a parent to educate your child, and if you give it up to someone else, expect your rights to disappear with it. And we’ve certainly seen that in education.

    And, then, your children will become slaves to their masters. I won’t have that for my child.

  • GWB says:

    BTW, I love to talk up homeschooling. But it’s not a panacea, either. There ARE parents who should not teach their children. (Interestingly, it has little to do with how much education they have. Those who shouldn’t homeschool have a large overlap in the Venn with those who shouldn’t care for their children, either.)

    But homeschooling is great way of taking responsibility for how and what your child IS learning – even if it’s just setting up the online courses in the order you think they should take them.

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