Niagara Gazette


November 23, 2012

HAMILTON: Were we really ever that smart, anyway?


Niagara Gazette — While Education Secretary Arne Duncan lays the blame for low educational achievement at an under-investment in education, I would argue the other side of that equation; and that is in who is taking the tests and who has dropped out of schools and are not taking the tests?

Too many good-hearted but misguided educational administrators are leaving their offices and facilitating the societal shift of compensating for those who fail to be responsible for both their children and themselves getting a quality education. They provide them with all that they could have obtained, had they gotten one; and then they subsequently complain about those same parents not sending their kids to school.

But, the one good thing about our America is that everyone has the evolutionary opportunity for choice: to be educated or not to be educated.

Dickson also writes that, “Perhaps American students should spend more time studying exam subjects and less time playing sports, studying music, and engaging in other activities.” She is right; and I think that even Crabtree would agree.

So don’t be too impressed with 3-year-old Lil’ Johnny being able to turn on and play a game on his own computer. Because, if you are, you may be disappointed to find him bombed out on your prescription drugs at 33, living in your basement and still playing computer games.

Smart, ain’t he?

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