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
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 Assignment: Non-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.