The BlogFodder just did a post about Turkey. I commented that most Americans probably couldn’t find Turkey on a map, much less give a crap about what is happening outside of their own personal world.
OK, I’m old; and I am sure every generation, as they age, looks down on the younger generations with disdain. But actually, I feel sorry for the young people of today. We have screwed them. We have destroyed the environment and dumbed down their education.
Even in the Mississippi Delta of the 1950’s I received a good basic education. I was taught Civics, American History, World History, Geography, General Math, Geometry, Algebra I, Algebra II, General Science, Biology, Chemistry, English and Literature. The only elective I received was typing, which has served me well.
I came out of school with a good basic education.
Today there is so much more information to cover, than in my day; and politicians, who have no background in education, legislate the education standards.
We have for profit companies turning out Standardized Test that students are required to pass in order to graduate. Just the very idea of Standardized Test disregards the obvious point, that there is no such thing as a standardized child.
The result is that children are leaving high school with a smattering of a lot of information without actually mastering the basics.
It is not the teacher’s fault. They are forced to focus on students passing the God Damn Standardized Test – their jobs depend on their students scores.
In the right world, teachers would have autonomy over what they are able to cover in their classroom. Some classes move slower and some move faster. It is better to thoroughly cover what a class is able to retain than to rush through to the next standard while leaving part of the class behind.
Back to the point. We have shorted the last few generations on a basic education. Now, along with the ‘woke’ generation living on social media and waiting with anxiety for the next technical innovation, it is no wonder that young people today have such a limited understanding of today’s world; or how we arrived at where we are today.
Note: my wife and I were both school teachers. I have taught grades three through twelve and been principal of four schools.