“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.”
John Adams

It’s summer in Minnesota. Kids are home and no one is thinking about fall school plans. But perhaps we should!

The public education system is failing America’s children. Public funding is at record levels, yet students continue the precipitous drop in the most basic measures. Every new federal education “fix” that comes along produces ever lower outcomes. It’s time to get our kids off of this devastating train!

In 2022, America’s 8th graders demonstrated abysmal proficiency levels. Only 31% were proficient in reading, 26 % were proficient in math, and an unbelievable 13% met proficiency standards for U.S. history. These downward trends began well before Covid. America is now graduating a nation of illiterates! What on earth is going on?

Below is the entire article penned by Larry Sands, a retired teacher and president of the California Teachers Empowerment Network. Though published last summer, the article bears repeating as it is an accurate assessment of what’s going on.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also referred to as the Nation’s Report Card, is a test that measures the knowledge of American students in various areas. The results of the NAEP test in U.S. history and civics, taken in 2022, were released early this month. They paint a grim picture: according to the data, just 13 percent of eighth-graders met proficiency standards for U.S. history, meaning that they could “explain major themes, periods, events, people, ideas and turning points in the country’s history.” Additionally, about 20 percent of students scored at or above the proficient level in civics. Both scores represent all-time lows on these two tests.

The multiple-choice questions on the NAEP history test are very basic. For example, one question asks, “Susan B. Anthony was a leader who helped

    1. immigrants come to the U.S.
    2. women win the right to vote
    3. older people win the right to get Social Security
    4. children win the right to an education.”

Another asks, “Indentured servants were different from slaves because indentured servants were

    1. freed at the end of their term
    2. did much easier work
    3. came from the West Indies
    4. were paid less money.”

Peggy Carr, commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics—the organization that creates, designs, develops, and implements the NAEP—told reporters that while the civics scores are “alarming,” even more distressing were the history results. While many analysts rushed to blame the Covid-induced school closures for the abysmal showing, Carr noted that the problems well predated the pandemic. “For U.S. history, I was very, very concerned. It’s a decline that started in 2014, long before we even thought about COVID. This is a decline that’s been [going] down for a while.”

It’s not only students’ history and civics NAEP scores that are deficient. In November 2022, the scores released for the reading and math test taken earlier in the year showed that just 33 percent of the nation’s fourth-graders were proficient in reading, and 36 percent proficient in math. The eighth-graders did even worse: 31 percent scored as proficient in reading, while a painful 26 percent showed proficiency in math. According to the report’s authors, “the national average score declines in mathematics for fourth and eighth graders were the largest ever recorded in that subject.”

Relatedly, the national average score on the 2022 ACT, a college admissions test, fell to 19.8 (out of a possible 36), down from 20.3 in 2021, according to data released in October 2022 by the nonprofit that administers the test. While education leaders invariably use the pandemic lockdowns as an excuse, the Wall Street Journal observes that this is the fifth consecutive year that ACT scores have declined, and the first time that the average score has dropped below 20 since 1991. English scores fell to 19 out of 36, down from 19.6 last year.

Weighing in on the NAEP history results, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona explained that the poor scores “further [affirm] the profound impact the pandemic had on student learning in subjects beyond math and reading.” Fair enough, but then Cardona ludicrously proclaimed: “Now is not the time for politicians to try to extract double-digit cuts to education funding, nor is it the time to limit what students learn in U.S. history and civics classes. We need to provide every student with rich opportunities to learn about America’s history and understand the U.S. Constitution and how our system of government works. Banning history books and censoring educators from teaching these important subjects does our students a disservice.”

Just how does keeping a six-year-old from being exposed to books with explicit sexual themes translate to banning books and censoring educators? As for funding, we are pouring record amounts of cash into the bottomless education pit, and it’s done very little to help. While there’s no doubt that the forced Covid shutdowns did damage, other causes explain why students are not learning effectively. As scholars Lance Izumi and Wenyuan Wu have chronicled, many students report increased ideological indoctrination in the classroom, which is leading to weaker standards and lower expectations. “One California student reported that a teacher at his school told the class that perfectionism and striving for perfection was part of white supremacy culture. Another of his teachers ‘made it seem like it was bad to have a good work ethic or to be supportive of meritocracy.’ In his school, grades were inflated, low grades were eliminated, late assignments were allowed, and multiple retakes of exams were permitted. Rigor simply disappeared.”

When teachers spend time forcing race- and gender-infused woke gibberish down the throats of American children, less time is available for more traditional subject matter. Here are a few of the myriad instances of students being hammered with the ravings of the woke:

In Buffalo, New York, students were told that “all white people” perpetuate systemic racism, and kindergarteners were forced to watch a video of dead black children, warning them about “racist police and state-sanctioned violence” that might kill them at any time.

The San Diego Unified School District orders students to “confront and examine your white privilege” and to “acknowledge when you feel white fragility.” Additionally, children are told to “understand the impact of white supremacy in your work.”

In a training session for teachers in Seattle, schools were deemed guilty of “spirit murder” against black students.

In Springfield, Missouri, teachers are trained that people are given a “biological sex assigned at birth,” which often conflicts with their “gender identity” and “gender expression.”

In Illinois, the Evanston–Skokie school district has adopted a curriculum that teaches pre-K through third-grade students to “break the binary” of gender.

West Hartford Public Schools in Connecticut has begun to introduce gender ideology in kindergarten as part of what it calls “social justice lessons.”

So instead of learning factual American history—the good and the bad—students are now at the mercy of far-left advocates pushing a radical racial and sexual agenda. Unless the education establishment reverses course in a hurry, parents, already responsible for feeding, clothing, and housing their children, will need to educate them as well.

Could it be that school curriculum has been stuffed with these Marxist pedagogies which fixate on students’ racial, social and gender identities and are served with sides of division, jealousy, hatred, shame and anger?
Minnesota Teachers Must Demonstrate a Marxist Worldview to Obtain their Teaching License

Could it be classrooms have traded away academic instructional hours for the psychosocial surveys, assessments, circles, and exercises that are quantifying children’s values, attitudes, and beliefs using Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Could it be the fact they are NOT LEARNING, and it is by design?

Understand that Marxists targeted America’s educational system 80 years ago to achieve cultural revolution. As Antonio Gramsci, the godfather of cultural Marxism said, if they change the way children think and speak, they will create the revolution. He also said in his essay “On Education,” that for the revolution to succeed, they must control education and the media. It has been called the “long march” through the institutions. And it would be done relatively covertly without firing a shot.

One of the main reasons people do not understand Cultural Marxism is because they have never read what Gramsci had to say.

Since Gramsci’s Cultural Marxism took education departments by storm in the 70’s, public education has been systematically and fundamentally transformed. The purpose of public education is no longer academic achievement, but rather, changing the worldview of students. And it shows. This cannot be fixed incrementally. Parents need to recognize the depth of the transformative indoctrination embedded in the curriculum, even from nice and well-meaning teachers.

Many good teachers are “stuck,” forced to meet federal and state educational guidelines. But many younger teachers grew up, were trained, and are now certified in this Marxist educational system. It’s all they know. And they don’t even know what they don’t know. Most don’t know they are teaching kids to be predictable and controllable activists.

Larry Elder recently shared the following video on Instagram. While it’s easy to laugh at the ignorance of these student activists, the larger point is they are clueless.

 

The 2023 National Report card was even worse.

Clearly, public schools have been dramatically overtaken. As long as children fill the seats of public schools, the funding comes with them. To the education cartel of state funding, teachers’ unions, and candidates beholden to both, the public pot is a bottomless well. It will take reclaiming the entire system to turn this around.

For now, it’s time to take charge of your child’s education and explore the options that are available. Homeschooling is growing exponentially with an abundance of social and academic opportunities for children. Hybrid schools are popping up everywhere. Many private schools have long wait lists. Religious institutions are creating schools for their members. Some states are offering REAL school choice.

These developments reflect the explosive and absolutely essential expansion of the resistance. Until parents take action at scale, we are complicit in underwriting the demise of our country, as our children are trained to be agents of the Marxist takeover of education and incapable of self-government.