Most recently we have been looking at a 33-question test of very basic knowledge about civics in the United States. Having been educators, published writers, and statesmen in the U.S.A., I’m not sure if there is anyone more disappointed than those of us at The Thinker.
We have written about the obvious ‘lowering of the bar’ of academic standards; moreover, societal standards and how upon lowering the bar acts as a catalyst to the very fabric of the Nation. Additionally, we have shown how the various educational and civic orientated systems have with slight of hand allowed for these various travesties to happen.
We have discussed at length how various (if not all by now) states have amended their criteria for graduating high school. Rather than not allowing a student the privileges of the graduation ceremony that they have not earned the people who are incessant about self-esteem issues, or any number of enabling, empowerment, or being ‘disenfranchised’ have devised Certificates of Completion so Johnny and Debbie won’t feel the negative affects. Negative effects of what I ask?
Of not being able to sit on the same stage, having their names called, and walk across the stage and receive something, whilst their friends who paid attention, and acted quasi-responsible graduated normally as any one of us who have graduated.
Folks what that amounts to is ‘getting something for nothing.’ Excuse me…but doesn’t that mantra, ‘getting something for nothing’ sound familiar? Sort of like the word ‘bailout’. Why have we lowered a simple passing level graduation to going through all the motions and receiving all the kudos yet not doing the work?
Maybe if you’re an employer you’ll be able to wrap your head around these statistics: Hiring a person out of college normally takes 48 days before they show any sign of productivity for your company. Those who did not attend college are almost double that at about 100 days.
Let’s get back to the little 33-question civics quiz. More than 2,500 randomly selected Americans took the basic 33-question test on civic literacy and more than 1,700 people failed, with the average score 49 percent, or an “F.” Elected officials scored even lower than the general public with an average score of 44 percent and only 0.8 percent (or 21) of all surveyed earned an “A.”
Please allow me to let you in on a little secret, maybe one of the best kept of all time. The test results are not an indictment of the education system in the United States. Ladies and gentlemen these results are an indictment of one’s self. This is an indictment of those who wish to ‘lower the bar’ with compromise after compromise.
It is time folks to draw a line in the sand…and stand firm…without compromise!