TITLE: Time to Restructure the U.S. Education System: Ken’s Thought of the Week
EXCERPT: The education of American children has been appropriated by purveyors of political correctness, racial and gender diversity, and social justice. Would a Student’s Bill of Rights help get American education back on track?
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The failure of our educational system today is evident on the streets of our cities, where teenagers and young adults, the product of our schools, are rioting under the banners of ‘political correctness’, ’racial justice’, and ‘social justice’.
As we look at education in the U.S. today, there are many ‘flashing red lights’ that make it clear how much the U.S. education system has failed our children. It promotes ‘politically correct” narratives that have corrupted the culture that has made America an example to the world.
Over the years, ‘political correctness’ has been allowed to influence the minds of American students, so that for many of them, it is the only prism through which they see life. University professors have been exposing their students to alien, anti-American ideologies and rather than analyzing them critically, they have been promoting them.
There are four major causes of this national education fiasco:
(1) After nearly 60 years of lawsuits by atheist and socialist plaintiffs, sympathetic judges have consistently ruled to remove our Judeo-Christian culture and G-d from the public schools.(2) Once G-d was removed from public education, we allowed the schools to be intellectually and spiritually undermined by the narratives of the Reds (communists/ socialists) and Greens (Islamists), who disparage our country and teach our children to disrespect it.
(3) We have allowed our Universities to impose a culture of diversity, based on color and gender, even as they have effectively banned diversity of thought. We have stopped teaching our children the important lessons of history, government, the proper construction of English, and, most important, the discipline of critical thinking. And we are now using the K-12 classrooms to teach them social/racial justice, gender identity, LGBT history, and, in some states, comprehensive and explicit sexual education.
(4) A 2016 study found that out of 7,243 professors at 40 leading universities, Democrats outnumbered Republicans 3,623 to 314, or by a ratio of approximately 12 to 1. A 2017 study in The American Sociologist canvassed 479 sociology professors and discovered that while 21 percent considered themselves “radical” only 2 percent considered themselves “conservative.”And according to a 2018 report from the National Association of Scholars, 39 percent found that among top-tier liberal arts colleges there were zero registered Republican professors in the entire college. The imbalance is striking and it is affecting our children.
How do we fix this educational mess that has created two distinct narratives, one that supports the values of the Constitution, while the other questions its fundamental validity?
We at Save The West think that it is time to create a student’s “Bill of Rights” to protect students (and the future of Western Civilization) before it is too late:
(1) All elementary school students must have the right to attend the school of their choice.
(2) All elementary school students must have the right to learn from books that are published by U.S.-based publishers, without foreign ownership that could inject a view of America that is inconsistent with our Constitutional values.
(3) Every student has the right to a teacher who supports the principles of the U.S. Constitution.
(4) Every student has the right to a curriculum that is consistent with the Constitution and Bill of Rights, as well as the basic principles of education. This includes an unbiased and critical approach to history, civics, language (including English), literature, American culture, and the foundations of critical thinking.
(5) All students have the right to be graded on the merits of their work, free from any political pressure by the teacher.
(6) Colleges and Universities cannot accept financing from any foreign country, just as foreign political contributions are forbidden.
(7) No school can infringe on the freedom of speech of any student. At the same time, there should be zero tolerance for racist, anti-Semitic, or anti-Christian incitement, which is frequently backed up by threats, intimidation, or actual violence.
(8) No student groups should be allowed official recognition on campus if they do not support the values of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
(9) At least 33% of placements for professors and administrators must support the values of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Colleges/Universities will have 4 years to comply. Afterwards they will be deemed political entities and will lose their tax exemption and government subsidies.
(10) All university students have the right to know what percentage of students in their designated major manage to get job offers after graduation and at what average salary level.
The U.S. education system is corrupt and is not giving our children the education that they deserve and that the nation needs. It is time for a bold reconstructing.