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Dumbing down our children?

Our grandparents survived the roaring 1920s. Will our grandchildren survive the dis-empowered 2020s? Welcome to the liberal 2020s.

Frankly, it is time to end the dumbing down culture in West Virginia. Our imperative should be to instill personal pride in learning. This new form of patriotism would be more uplifting and beneficial to our state than any war on drugs. And, it is needed. When it comes to the education of our children, the future is now.

West Virginia policy makers are currently designing a system to move away from actual academic learning to becoming a pipeline for training a docile and obedient future workforce, supported by today’s education policymakers from the state capital to local school boards.

To make matters worse, local school boards are doing far more harm than good. But then that is rarely if ever taken into account when the powerful few control the lives of so many.

The time has come for West Virginians to demand more and get more from those vested with the responsibility to teach our kids. We should no longer accept the false promise of a better tomorrow because our leaders point to selective, marginal and incremental improvements scattershot around the state today. Nor should we celebrate the mediocre expectations that have crept into policy discussion. Rather, as we look forward to the 2020 elections, we need to categorically reject any candidate who doesn’t boldly stand for immediate change in the academic expectations we have for all kids. And we should reject any candidate who is unwilling or unable to hold every educator and every school board accountable for teaching our kids.

Many of us have been sensing that something is seriously wrong with the current crop of young people. True, they are likely to have the most education credentials any generation has ever received. They also are technically savvy, and as such, have a wealth of knowledge at their fingertips. But in spite of these factors, today’s students seem to exhibit a character that is high in sensitivity and low in knowledge. What gives? Why are our students turning out like this?

What has happened is these young people have no sense of history of any kind! No sense of history. No world geography. No sense of the violence and the barbarities of history. So, they think that the whole world has always been like this, a kind of nice, comfortable world where you can go to the store and get orange juice and milk, and you can turn on the water and the hot water comes out. They have no sense whatever of the destruction, of the great civilizations that rose and fell, and so on and how arrogant people get when they’re in a comfortable civilization. They now have been taught to look around them to see defects in our society which is the freest country in the history of the world and to feel that somehow we are the source of all evil in the universe, and it’s because they’ve never been exposed to the actual evil of the history of humanity. They know nothing!

Yet it seems that we the parent/grandparents are becoming more adept at allowing our education leaders to strip those traits away from our children. We are actually dumbing down our children in their most formative years. Our kids grow up, and suddenly we wonder why they can’t make decisions, follow through on commitments or move past the video-game console.

Robert Ware

French Creek

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