How is it that America, this nation of ingenuity like no other, we still can’t seem to find a way to educate our children in a proper manner?
As a species, mankind quickly figured out the idea of exponential progress back in some paleolithic era, at the advent of tool-making tribes out in the wildernesses of this ancient land. We saw a problem that could be solved by indirect invention. We then taught those skills to our young, who improved on them as they gathered and shared these individual clans’ ingenious solutions. And on and on, forever and ever, until we have airplanes, and computers, and space travel.
Unfortunately, this same positive progress doesn’t seem to apply to our current governmental situation. Every newer generation seems to be falling further into imbecility by the year. And why is this?
Well, if we had the answer to that question, we could write a book that would make us all millionaires. But, therein lies the issue: Money. With money tainting our politics, we tend to throw resources at the problems, not solutions. Bigger government means a bigger paycheck for those elected to decide how big the government should be.
But, I digress, the issue here is that, after 24 decades of working at this, we have elementary school teachers who can’t even pass their own math tests.
Almost 2,400 North Carolina elementary school teachers have failed the math portion of their licensing exams, which puts their careers in jeopardy, since the state hired Pearson publishing company to give the exam in 2013, according to a report presented to the state Board of Education Wednesday.
Failure rates have spiked as schools around the state struggle to find teachers for the youngest children. Education officials are now echoing what frustrated teachers have been saying: The problem may lie with the exams rather than the educators.
Teachers in Florida and Indiana have also seen mass failures when their states adopted Pearson testing, according to news reports from those states. Concern about the validity of the Pearson licensing exams is so pervasive that it was discussed at this year’s National Education Association conference, said North Carolina Association of Educators President Mark Jewell.
This is not only unacceptable…this is completely and utterly absurd.
And, worst of all, it is embarrassing. North Carolina…get it together.