Some interesting news came out around the common core system of education currently being rabidly pursued by the public
indoctrination “education” system. The Hechinger Report released evidence that one of the first states to deploy the standard curriculum, Kentucky, is creating an education gap between the races.
This isn’t really news for Common Core in KY though. It’s been a persistent problem for the 5 year span of its existence in that state. It’s not really surprising either, when you see examples of what is being taught.
Let’s take a look at my favourite fail to date – the pizza question:
Now, anyone with any basic numeracy skills can see the problem with the teacher’s analysis of the response. Perhaps it’s just a bad teacher here.
Let’s see if another example shows these “teachers” in a better light:
This one was done correctly, but still the teacher chastised the student for not finding the “friendly numbers”. I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I’ve never done mathematics based on which numbers are friendly or not. Maths is an objective science, not a social one. So what is the cause of the drop in pass rates? Is it, as Hechinger claims, simply a change in assessment making it harder for all? Logically that doesn’t make too much sense, as it should affect all demographics equally, or at least the delta (aka the rate of change) in performances should be equitable.
So if it isn’t the students who are the issue (and to say it is their fault smacks of victim blaming to me), is it the teachers? Again, I’m not convinced that’s the problem either, as there are serious flaws with how the current system assesses teaching performance.
Then, could it be the system itself? Well, this seems the most likely cause. First off, long time proponents of the system are starting to change their views, groups like the Gates Foundation in particular. The original vettors of the common core program disowned it before it was ever implemented. That should have been a warning sign. It isn’t just the common core system that is failing us, but the entire concept of state education as it is currently practiced.
Common core has never been the real problem. Education has fallen into disarray. The problem is our entire system of education, one adopted almost globally today. Oddly, the system of education we all use and went through was founded in the industrial revolution and hasn’t changed much since. It’s called the Prussian Education System, or the Factory Model of Education. If you click that link, you will quickly understand the flaws in this system, but for those who don’t:
The free market can provide a much better way forward. In fact, it already has provided several.
It took me longer to type that short list than it did to come up with those ideas, and I’m particularly fond of the last one. The free market literally has an infinite number of potential solutions, some we can’t even fathom today due to the tech required not existing completely in the present. One day nanites might be used to deliver the complete works of Shakespeare directly into long term memory, or teach everyone kung-fu. We simply do not know the best solution for everyone right now, so let’s try them all and see what works.
Suggested Reading: “Public Schooling Shows The Ineptitude of Government” by Vivre Libre