I had to stop writing blogs for awhile. Focusing on the idiocy of the political and the educational world in particular left me depressed and drained. There are real problems. None of them are incapable of being solved. But no one wants to eliminate them unless they can garner some personal or ideological gain...and under no circumstances do they want to "fix" anything if it involves diminishing in any combination their power or wealth.
Today I read that the SAT scores hit a new low this past year. And the first comment by the testers was that no one should worry because it was due to more "students" (whatever that means these days) were taking the test than ever before and to the increased "diversity" of the pool taking the test. Huh? Right...and it don't rain in Indianapolis in the summertime.
Our Government is to blame for this idiocy. The entire Federal Government, including Congress, every President, and the Supreme Court. Because it all goes back to an unwillingness (or inability) to accurately evaluate and then design a way to correct the results of racial prejudice.
Rather than recognize that the in-equality of the past needed to be corrected substantively, the Government forces determined instead to institute the appearance of equality, rather than make it a fact.
For the most part, life has consequences...at least it used to. It was results that counted, not excuses. If you failed a test, you flunked. If you did that enough, you got "left back a grade" and some actually left school at the earliest permissible age because they just didn't want to study...or couldn't. Schools were for learning. So were Colleges and Universities. Your performance got you entrance and progress and a degree. The degree meant something...it vouched for your achievement.
But, instead of focusing on the opportunity for all to learn and thus achieve according to that achievement, the Government dictated that minorities were now to be granted entrance, and degrees because of their minority status rather than their competitive achievement. The decision was to make the world look as if all was well and, in fact, guarantee that minorities would have the appearance of success whether it was earned...or not.
This has had enormous consequences to our nation...well, actually, no longer a nation but a country. Because the damage is multifaceted. First, minorities have not been helped by the program. Everyone, including the minorities, knows that the "achievements" are bogus...or at the very least, are suspect...regardless of the piece of paper. The same goes for hiring, due to Federal requirements that once again throw out achievement in favor of appearances. If people want all to strive for knowledge and achievement, you must make the opportunity equal...but you must require the equal achievement of learning and ability on an equal basis as well. To act as the Government has done is to subtly (well, maybe not so much) suggest that minorities actually cannot compete...at least not on an equal basis. How totally insulting, demeaning...and stupid.
But that is only the start of the damage. All who have grown up in this atmosphere of selective granting of artificial status see that it ISN'T achievement that is rewarded...and hard work and study is not the key to a better life. They have watched as consequences of non-performance or under-performance have been either eliminated or lowered. So...they demand the same. And, in the prevailing sense of "equality" they have been granted the same "pass" to avoid being left back in school, or denied admission to college, or denied their diploma just because they didn't do the work.
Students today will, it appears, not have to learn how to write cursive because, I am told, they all use computers or "text" or some such. I have no idea what they will do if the power fails, or someone sets of a neutron bomb that takes out all the cell towers and crashes the power grid. I suppose it will inspire a whole new set of cave paintings. And I refuse to even consider how they will sign their names to any legal documents...I suppose there wont be any need for them, as no one will be held to whatever "thought" was a binding agreement.
Young people coming out of school at any level today already can't add or subtract without a calculator or some sort. If a scanner breakes in a store, the clerks cannot tell you what to pay if you are buying more than two items...and if the scanner malfunctions, have no concept from the illogic of the inaccurate total that it is, in fact, inaccurate. No wonder people find it hard to get jobs...they think their piece of paper means something while they are functionally both illiterate and untrainable except for the most mundane of tasks. Yet they insist on benefits, pay, and treatment as "entitled."
So of course the SAT scores are down. Why bother to work to learn all those things that get you higher scores; they don't matter. These poor disillusioned souls have been led, trained and indoctrinated to expect that achievement not only doesn't matter...it isn't even to be considered.
The Government, the Educational (so-called) community, and all forms of authority have determined that thou shall not say "no" to anyone...even parents are prevented from requiring and enforcing their own children's upbringing.
No wonder the United States is populated in this century by narcissists. It is how they have been raised.