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Education Slowdown Threatens U.S.

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Wheylous replied on Thu, Apr 26 2012 2:51 PM

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limitgov replied on Thu, Apr 26 2012 3:43 PM

i work for a public school.  believe me, its on its way out.  they'll be cries of pain as it dies though.  Just ignore them.  One of those cries of pains will be me losing my job, but that's ok.  In the end, it'll be worth it for my young kids.

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Jargon replied on Fri, Apr 27 2012 12:22 AM

JJ what do you think of Underground History? I tend to give Amazon reviews a good weight, and some of the reviews seemed to have good criticisms of the work. Those criticisms being that he didn't cite sources and drew sweeping conclusions.

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Yeah that was actually a concern of mine too.  I haven't been through enough of it to give a worthy critique, but my biggest concern would be source citation.  He does make a lot of claims, like:

"In 1882, fifth graders read these authors in their Appleton School Reader: William Shakespeare, Henry Thoreau, George Washington, Sir Walter Scott, Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Bunyan, Daniel Webster, Samuel Johnson, Lewis Carroll, Thomas Jefferson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and others like them."

Which, I suppose something like that would be easy enough to verify, simply by getting ahold of a copy of the school reader.  I mean if you can get that primary source, and all those authors are in there, it's obviously undeniable proof that kids were much better read at much younger ages.  You can also see corrections made to the pre-publication edition, showing the amount of attention to such details.

I can post an update as I get more into it.

 

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