Our own Justin Paulette has a new piece out in the Daily Caller
on the rise and fall of the American educational system and how to restore it to its former glory. He lays out clearly how the United States was transformed from what Tocqueville once referred to as a greater mass of enlightenment than Europe to a nation outdone by the likes of South Korea, Hong Kong, Finland, and Singapore in international student evaluations, and how we can fix that. From the rise of secular education due to nativist concerns over Catholic immigration to the conquest of the universities by progressives to the passage of No Child Left Behind, the bureaucratic entanglements throttling our educational system are legion-- but still capable of being defeated if given the chance.
The progressive theories which shattered America's academic dominance rejected the millennia-old wisdom that knowledge stimulates understanding, which reciprocally enables the absorption of further knowledge and stimulates further understanding. The paradigm of progressive education is not the ethical transmission of accumulated knowledge from one generation to the next, but an abstract and subjective exercise in revolutionizing how students learn and think in a politically correct environment unpolluted by institutional trivia and socio-historic debris.
Read the whole thing.