In spite of a Clinton Administration trumpeting about how well U.S. public schools teach children, the record is dismal and getting worse. A year and a half ago we examined the "conspiracy of ignorance" in grades K-12, wrought by poorly trained, unqualified and politicized teachers, working in government operated school systems that tolerate student anarchy and encourage misplaced esteem instead of learning performance. This formula for failure has been very successful. American children perform in the middle and lower half in math and science on international standard tests of students. However, the most recent reported tests did not compare U.S. students with those of 11 European nations having historically high-performance participants in prior tests, but instead with students from developing nations. The Slick Willie legacy lives; distort and obfuscate facts.
A U.S. Department of Education study described in the Christian Science Monitor observed that high school counselors now recommend higher education to over two-thirds of high school graduates, double the rate of 1982, in part because of an "open admission policy" by 75% of all educational institutions. Statistics show that only 40% of these high school graduates can be deemed marginally qualified and that half of those enrolled in a four-year school (600,000) will fail to graduate each year. This is happening in an environment where 39% of all college students nationally received an "A" grade (up from 28% in 1989). What do you think is the value of a degree granted from a "prestigious" school like Northwestern University where over 50% of grades are "A" or at University of Illinois where over 40% are "A." If I was a graduate of either school, I would be outraged that all (my) awarded degrees are devalued by an obvious decline in standards.