Our educational system is broken and has been for a while. Who is most responsible for keeping it broken today? Joining us is Loyd Pettegrew (usf.edu), Professor Emeritus of Communications at the University of South Florida. The entities most responsible for continuing the dysfunctional policies of the failing public school system today are the teachers unions. Parents now know that their children are being indoctrinated and many are pulling them out of public school and into private or home schooling. With teachers unions, it's all about politics, not students. He also explains how in colleges, students are awash in liberal socialism from the first class of freshman year.
In 1994, John produced a program on KWGN in Denver that featured a round table of guests discussing the truth about outcome-based education. What was said then, we are seeing today, so we will play a lot from that program on this week's show. John moderated and the featured guests were Charlotte Iserbyt, Dwight Williams, Berit Kjos, and Gen Yvette Sutton.
Topics discussed include the processes put into place allowing outcome-based education to begin, the work of change agents to convince the public that this radical transformation was a good idea, and getting children to transition from logical reasoning to emotional reasoning.
The guests go on to examine how teachers and administrators changed the way students thought and how they approached problem-solving, and how standardized tests have changed over the years to reflect this radical transformation of America's education system.
John's quote of the week:
"If you took standardized testing from 1960 and asked a student today to pass that test, they wouldn't be able to do it. And the student from 1960 couldn't pass today's test because they couldn't think in politically correct terms. It's difficult to compare apples to oranges to see how far we have fallen."
The Extras Segment is taking a two-week hiatus due to the holidays but it will return with perfect 2020 vision in the New Year!