No child left behind except U.S. school students

Maybe education ‘experts’ don’t know squat

Here’s a shocker to all you Blaska Policy Werkes platinum subscribers: Common Core ain’t workin’. 

One decade into this grand experiment, high school students in the U.S. are just as stupid as ever. No progress to speak of in the last 20 years, according to test results just in exams given in school systems across the globe by the Program for International Student Assessment. 

“About a fifth of American 15-year-olds scored so low on the test that it appeared they had not mastered reading skills expected of a 10-year-old,” the New York Times reports today.

“Those students … face pretty grim prospects on the job market,” an educator told the Times. No S♣♦♠ Sherlock.

Another measurement showed that two-thirds of children were not proficient readers.


American schools got issued this report card of futility despite billions of dollars thrown at a detention hall full of virtue-signaling national programs — No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, the Common Core State Standards, Every Student Succeeds. 

Does it surprise you, dear subscriber, that “experts” (snotty quotation marks) of the kind the New York Times babysits, don’t know why.  Could it be racism? Family poverty? Should we pay teachers more? Maybe if we poured more billions and choked off school choice, right Elizabeth Warren?

Life’s first lesson

Comment, respond, what do you thinkThe one missing ingredient not listed by the NY Times’ stable of education experts is school classroom discipline. Kids cannot learn if they are roaming the hallways and assaulting teachers.

Who were the top four performers in the International Student Assessment? Four provinces in China. Sigh.

Which tells the white lab coats at the Werkes that the futility of Madison WI public schools are written on whiteboards across America. Blaska’s Theorem #62 says that no matter the town, village or city, wherever there are 5 progressives, 4 of them will find their way on the local school board.

Blaska’s Homework AssignmentNon-partisan local government seats  are up throughout Wisconsin. Filing deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 7. You can circulate nominating petitions now. For Madison Board of Education, you need 100 valid signatures. Seats occupied by Nikki Vander Meulen, Kate Toews, Savion Castro are at stake. Or run for Dane County Board.

Next: A public school teacher’s lament.

What do YOU think?

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3 Responses to No child left behind except U.S. school students

  1. Reblogged this on The Most Revolutionary Act and commented:
    One decade into the Common Core grand experiment, and educational achievement in US high school students is as poor as ever. No progress to speak of in the last 20 years, according to test results just in exams given in school systems across the globe by the Program for International Student Assessment.


  2. ”you need 100 valid signatures.” (bolds mine)

    Can you request special dispensation (being a MMSD public school…um…graduate) if you come up short?


    Howse about pulling a Toriana Pettaway by claiming some White Supremacy B.S.?

    The Gotch


  3. Jared Taylor says:

    I was a student at Sennett Middle School when I realized what the school system was. Teachers were teaching us information that they were trained to teach us, whether or not that information was accurate and true. On top of that, the teachers that I had were the 3rd or 4th generation of teachers being taught in this way. The teachers themselves do not know what they have not been trained to know and most of them have not committed their lives to the independent study that is required to know the difference. The same goes for the parents of modern students who have also been educated by this system.

    The irony is that we had a superior form of education prior to state controlled schools. The first state controlled school conjured up strong opposition from the members of the communities they were to be constructed in. These people feared that these state controlled institutions would be used against their interests. I think anyone who does independent historical, psychological, and ideological studies should be able to see clearly that they were right to be concerned.

    Prioritizing support for nuclear families and their ability to educate their own children is the only gateway to true freedom and success now.


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