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Poor Kids Are No Excuse For
America´s Poor Education

Investors Business Daily, by Staff

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 2/4/2013 7:37:15 PM

Education: It´s a depressingly common annual headline: U.S. students fare poorly compared with those in other countries even though America spends far more on its schools. But a new report wants you to believe that U.S. schools really aren´t so bad compared with other developed countries. It´s just the greater number of poor kids they have to educate that makes them appear bad. This is nothing more than a rehash of the tired ideology that schools cannot be held responsible for how well students learn. Vested interests in education do not like the results revealed by standardized tests,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Dante, 2/4/2013 7:46:24 PM     (No. 9158604)

Schools can´t fix a broken homelife with neglectful, abusive and absent parents. Nor can they change a culture where education is shunned.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: billa, 2/4/2013 8:03:34 PM     (No. 9158627)

I believe the mantra is if you study or go to the liebary, you are actin whitey.

The importance of education begins at home well before a child enters school. Income level has nothing to do with literacy.

Just examine how many Ivy League politicians are equally illeterate. Just read their speeches.

Well, there is also the unions that allow incompetent teachers who basically only know ebonics and other teachers who believe grammar is a "white thang".

Who has time for mathematics, science, history or just basic learning. Let China, Europe and India kick our "clueless" back side... while our kids are learning that it is okay to have purple hair and tat on your kids neck.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: squid, 2/4/2013 9:20:13 PM     (No. 9158713)

Poverty, poverty the source of all our ills. The possibility that poverty is NOT the primary factor for poor education scores or that poverty might NOT be the primary predictor for failing schools is never considered by Romantic Liberals. For more than Fifty years, the educational system has shown over and over and over and over that families are the primary predictor of educational success.

The real fix isn´t throwing money at the education system. The real fix is establishing programs to support and build up traditional families (Oh the horror!!) that value education. The real fix is degrading social groups that devalue education (Now that is really racist!!).

Anything else is simply throwing someone else´s hard earned money down the toilet.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: JerseyDotter, 2/4/2013 10:00:41 PM     (No. 9158764)

It also requires expending individual effort, and a great deal of it....something sadly in very short supply in these "poor" cultures. So don´t blame it on the schools. Blame it on the family structure, or more precisely, the lack thereof.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 2/4/2013 11:18:33 PM     (No. 9158865)

I went to elementary school in the late forties and there were plenty of poor kids there. And by poor I mean desperately poor but I am willing to bet that they got a better education than what is being shoveled out to them today.

And not only a poor learning experience but also propaganda on global warming and saving the planet.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/4/2013 11:23:23 PM     (No. 9158871)

Remember Marva Collins ?

It takes a village as somebody once said.
It has to start with caring parents, teachers that actually care about teaching, and kids that want to learn.

Teachers unions and politicians aren´t helping by throwing good money after bad.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Japanorama, 2/5/2013 3:17:33 AM     (No. 9159007)

Poor Koreans, poor Chinese, poor Japanese, and poor pre-1960s Americans achieved much in school. But they had caring parents and professional teachers interested in imparting information rather than indoctrination.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Trigger2, 2/5/2013 6:35:51 AM     (No. 9159093)

Poor education can be directly traced to the thug unions whose motto is gimmme, gimmme me first.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Old Army Vet, 2/5/2013 8:32:17 AM     (No. 9159280)

It´s the attitude of the unions, parents and the children themselves that leads to success in education. If you want to be a thug, drug dealer or low life, you will be. If all a teacher cares about is money, they will not teach. If the union only cares about power and money, kids will not learn no matter what.

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