In a recent online discussion, it was argued by one voice that the public schools have failed, because they don’t teach independent thinking.
However, I disagreed.
Evidence that the public schools work well—just not the way the one percent wants—comes from several surveys where the opinions of the top one percent are not included, because they can’t be reached.
I mean, if you wanted to call Bill Gates, Eli Broad, the Walton family or the Koch brothers, and ask them questions to a survey, how easy would that be? It’s obvious that the responses to surveys do not come from the one percent but from the 99 percent who are easier to reach.
Therefore, if anyone really want to know if the public schools do the job they are supposed to do, stop looking at standardized test results and look at the product of the public schools—that product is the majority of American adults and what they think reveals a lot about what they learned in the public schools when they were children.
Gallup reports that A Steady 57 percent in U.S. Blame Humans for Global Warming, and that is a clear majority. But, Greenpeace.org reports the Koch brothers spent almost $68 million since 1997 to fund groups that deny the causes of climate change.
What explains the public’s 77-percent approval rating of the Nation’s Public Schools?
From Gallup we discover that while the nation’s public schools only earn an 18-percent approval rating, 77 percent of parents gave the public schools their children attended an A or B grade indicating the real quality of the public schools, because how can parents honestly grade the rest of the nation’s public schools when their children have never attended them?
But Red State.com reports that “Bill Gates spent hundreds of millions to get unions, businesses, think tanks and states on board with Common Core standards developed by people who have no business being involved with the education of children.”
Alternative energy versus oil and coal
Gallup reports that Americans Want More Emphasis on Solar, Wind, and Natural Gas instead of the current focus on nuclear, oil, and coal. This begs for an answer to one question: if a HUGE majority of Americans want more emphasis on solar, wind, and natural gas, why is the focus on oil and coal? The answer to that question comes from Climate Progress: Dirty Money: Big Oil and corporate polluters spent over $500 million to kill climate bill, push offshore drilling
Gallup says, “No fewer than two in three Americans want the U.S. to put more emphasis on producing domestic energy using solar power (76%), wind (71%), and natural gas (65%). Far fewer want to emphasize the production of oil (46%) and the use of nuclear power (37%). Least favored is coal, with about one in three Americans wanting to prioritize its domestic production.”
Creationism versus Evolution
The National Center for Science Education reports that 64 percent of adults with less than a high school education believe in creationism while only 31 percent of college graduates do.
Did you get that—64 percent of Americans with less than a high school education believe in creationism? It’s obvious that ignorance leads to a lot of wrong-headed thinking.
Conclusion: I think the problem is ignorance and/or poverty in addition to elite private schools where the children of the rich, powerful, and famous learn that whatever they want, they can buy it—but the public schools teach the majority of children, who do not come from wealth, how to think independently through critical thinking and problem solving.
The one percent—of course—can’t accept that, and the public schools must go and be replaced by schools the one percent controls so the schools stop teaching children how to think independently and, instead, turns them into drones.
I wonder if it’s time to bring out the pitchforks and sharpen the guillotine, and then let’s invite the one percent to a party. Is the U.S. ready for its second independence day yet?
Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran,
who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).
His third book is Crazy is Normal, a classroom exposé, a memoir. “Lofthouse presents us with grungy classrooms, kids who don’t want to be in school, and the consequences of growing up in a hardscrabble world. While some parents support his efforts, many sabotage them—and isolated administrators make the work of Lofthouse and his peers even more difficult.” – Bruce Reeves
Lofthouse’s first novel was the award winning historical fiction My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. His second novel was the award winning thriller Running with the Enemy. His short story A Night at the “Well of Purity” was named a finalist of the 2007 Chicago Literary Awards. His wife is Anchee Min, the international, best-selling, award winning author of Red Azalea, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (1992).