School Daze (Dumb Ass Stupid Management)
From the New York Times this morning: The high school class of 2023 received the lowest ACT test scores since 1991, a sixth year of consecutive decline.
This isn’t about losing the pandemic years, or merely the failure of remote learning. It’s evidence of the continuing decline of the ancient educational system in the US, where we warehouse kids by age and allow teachers unions and politicized (and amateurish) boards of education to run the schools. We spend more time and discretionary money on maintaining our cars and taking vacations than we do on the futures of our kids.
We need revolutionary change in education, and I fear we do not have the political will nor the public interest to create it. Too many soft jobs are threatened, too many people will have to be responsible for results (and not the length of schools days, for example), and no politicians want to lose the endorsements and money of the teachers unions. (Randi Weingarten, the president of the largest, makes over $600,000 annually, ten times the average teacher salary.)
When these kids grow up and are on the therapist’s couch blaming the parents for their woes, this generation at least will be accurate assigning that guilt.