A good way to find out what high school graduates have or have not learned in public schools is simply quiz them whenever and wherever possible.
For example, I’ve asked many high school graduates various questions, such as, “If I can buy 20 chicken McNuggets for $5, how much am I paying for each McNugget?” With regard to the Fourth of July, I asked many graduates, “Why do we celebrate July 4?”
Not one graduate knew the cost for each McNugget. If you don’t believe me, conduct similar samples for yourself. Only several knew the name of the country America fought against for our independence. Most knew it was Independence Day, but beyond that, duh?
I prefer not to provide other similar examples because I believe many parents simply don’t care about the quality of education their children receive in public schools or perhaps parents feel overwhelmed by the federal government’s intrusive control over the education system nationwide, and feel helpless.
I know I could have easily computed the cost of each McNugget mentally when I was in the sixth grade. But that was in 1955, when schools forced students to learn math and other important curriculums, and before the federal Department of Education and the teachers’ unions successfully reduced what was “quality” education to today’s “dysfunctional” or “maligned” education, or both.
Anti-Christianity, anti-capitalism, anti-Americanism and pro-socialism, pro-Muslim, and pro-Islam were unknown topics in the classrooms in 1955.
If I had a child in today’s public school system, I would spearhead a nationwide lawsuit against the federal Department of Education. The lawsuit objective would be to get the federal government entirely, completely and totally out of the education business, period.
“We the people” should decide the education our children get, not the federal government.