Are Our Children Actually Learning Anything in School Today?

liberal-public-school-system-cartoonWith all the political correctness, secular progressive propaganda and outright craziness going on in schools today, I wonder if kids are actually learning anything at all.  In my world, you went to school, learned a skill (as I did in my vocational high school), and got a job.  Higher education came much later for me.  I was expected to work out of high school.  I can’t imagine how I would’ve supported myself if I had to endure the kind of dopeyness I read about today – starting in our elementary schools all the way through college.

A new policy in Chicago will require sex education in every grade, including kindergarten.  Fortunately, parents can opt out of this program, but, one would think, with one of the highest drop-out rates in the nation, Chicago would be a little bit more interested in the basics or is reading, writing and arithmetic a thing of the past?

A mother of a fifth grader in Corpus Christie, TX, objected to a test question following the viewing of a film entitled, “Remembering September 11th,” which read, “Why might the United States be a target for terrorism?”  The “correct” answer was “Decisions we made in the United States have had negative effects on people elsewhere.”  The other options were “Other people just don’t like Americans,” “Terrorists hate everyone” and “None of the above.”  When did it become okay to teach our children that we caused the atrocities of 9/11?  Why wasn’t the correct answer, “Because Islamic terrorists hate freedom and everything else the U.S.represents.”

In Houston, an elementary school held an assembly entitled, “A Dream Come True – Living in the present by remembering the past and looking forward to the future.”  The lyrics of the first song, “Feels Like Change”:

 Oh, I tried to believe in George Bush,

I tried to trust,

But it’s ashes to ashes now,

And it’s dust to dust.

Do you feel it baby?

Oh, do you feel it?

It feels like change!

 The rest of the program, with the exception of a couple of songs focused on Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., was a lovefest for the President Obama.  Talk about indoctrination and propaganda.  (After the program was put on and after reviewing the lyrics, the principal agreed that some of the songs were “overly political” and shouldn’t have been included.)

Recently, a Florida teenager, along with two others, forcibly disarmed a fellow student who allegedly pointed a loaded gun and threatened to shoot another pupil on a school bus.  Instead of praising these heroes, they were suspended for three days.  Now it’s up to them to fight to remove this suspension from their records.

In McAllen, Texas (what the hell is going on down there?), a teenager now has to sue her school because she was punished for not reciting the Mexican national anthem and pledge of allegiance (to Mexico) as part of her intermediate Spanish class.

And now we come to Massachusetts.  Earlier this year, the Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education released an 11-page document ordering the state’s K-12 public schools to permit “transgender” boys and girls to use the opposite sex’s locker rooms, bathrooms and changing facilities as long as they “claim to identify with that gender.”  Neither a doctor’s note nor parental permission for a child to “switch sexes” is needed.  If a boy says he’s a girl, as far as the schools are concerned, he’s a girl.

A friend of mine went through sex-reassignment and was required to go through years of psychotherapy, hormone therapy and living as a person of the opposite sex for an entire year before his surgery was approved.

How does a kid, somewhere between the ages of 5-17, get to make that decision without medical supervision or parental knowledge?  This is absolute insanity.  Some schools include kindergarten through 8th grade, which means, that boys as old as 14 could share toilet facilities with girls as young as five and vice versa.  If a boy who “identifies” himself as a girl doesn’t want to use a urinal in a boys’ bathroom, then he should use a stall.  And what about a girl?  How does a girl who “identifies” herself as a boy use a boys’ bathroom any differently than a girls’ bathroom.  Does anyone really want to think about a 14-year old girl using the same changing facilities and showering with 14-year old boys?

According to the guidelines, if a female student is uncomfortable and objects to a boy’s presence when she’s in the bathroom, the rules say, the complaint “is not a reason to deny access to the transgender student.”

Finally, Ryan Rotela, a Florida Atlantic University student, is accusing an instructor and local Democratic party leader of suspending him for refusing to stomp on a piece of paper with the word “Jesus” written on it.  This “exercise” was part of an intercultural communications class (whatever that means) and was supposed to encourage discourse.  Could you imagine if a student was told to stomp on the name “Mohammed” or even “Obama”?  Fortunately, Ryan has received an apology but the instructor has been put on administrative leave for “safety reasons” whatever that means.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • john

    Thank you. As an *educator* I can say that what you are saying is absolutely true. It’s unacceptable.

  • wally12

    To Ron and others: The US school system has failed. It has failed because there is too much government and union intervention. That doesn’t mean there are not good schools with good teachers because there are. The government and the unions need to get out of control and let teachers do what they do best and that is teach, Not to teach the liberal teachings but to teach so that our children can think for themselves. The US is 17th in world racking on education. That should tell you something. Finland is ranked number ONE in the world. Why is that? Finland doesn’t sent their children to school until the age of 7. WOW! Finland doesn’t test the students until they reach the age of 16. WOW! All children smart and not so smart are taught in the same class. Children who need extra help receive it in the the first 8 years of school. There is less difference in smarts between the high achievers and the less able than in any other nation. The cost of educating is 30% less per student than the US. This is significant since the cost of living in Finland is higher than the US. The cost of education is paid by the government by taxation of the workers. The Government only provides GENERAL GUIDELINES to education. The education is determined by the teachers and educators. Many in this country recognize that the US system has failed. That is the reason that there has been a drift to other solutions such as charter schools in an attempt to change to poor results of some public schools. Last, if we keep sending our children to a school that teaches/ brainwashes our children in only leftist ideas, we will end up like Germany or the Soviet Union down the road.

    • john

      Beautifully stated. Thank you.

  • Adrian Vance

    Schools are factories of socialism because school people see higher taxes as their only chance for more money. It is just that simple.

    See The Two Minute Conservative at: and when you speak ladies will swoon and liberal gentlemen will weep.

  • chief98110

    I blame schools’ top heavy with administrators, who have way to much
    time and money. Administrators seem to be concerned with justifying
    their existence rather than making sure that children are learning. As a
    former school teacher, I saw the most incompetent people become
    administrators. Now we are reaping the harvest.
    God bless the homeschoolers; it’s hard work but worth the effort.

  • Ron F.

    Roger, I generally agree but I still do not know if it means students are not getting as good an education. Some students are just not learning as much but there are a lot of reasons. Families with no fathers. Parents who don’t encourage education. The best study I have seen on education success found the most important factor was how many days a year a student goes to school which tells me that the most important factor in school success is parents. Do they make their kids go to school and study. The SAT scores peaked in 1964 so there has been a steady decline since. I still think there is the opportunity to get a better education than I did. There are more comprehensive math scores. Parents might have to send their children to charter schools or choose places to live that have good school districts.

    • Roger Ward

      Ron, the question raised by Leona in her excellent article was whether students were getting a good education in school, given all the peripheral tripe that they are being taught. A student should be taught core material and not have his time spent in the esoteric areas that the lefties like to explore. You answered her question (and your own, as posited in your first sentence) when you stated that SAT scores peaked in 1964 and have steadily declined since. I have no argument with your observations about parental responsibility and involvement, as well as the absence of fathers in the home …. but that wasn’t the question raised (although it is a good topic for another day and article.) FWIW, I have a ninth grade education from about ten different schools and am happy to have received it in the ’40s and ’50s when educational goals and standards were different than what they are now. My nine years of schooling have served me better than sixteen years would in the current educational system.

  • Roger Ward

    To answer your question, yes, students are learning something in school …. but it’s nothing that will make them better people, help them get a good paying job, or improve their higher learning prospects. Thanks to lefty teachers’ unions and with the support of liberals everywhere, students are bombarded with everything except what they should be learning. The benefits of multi-culturalism, school driven sex education, the liberal agenda and all that entails, racial entitlements, the desirability of big government, the “fairness” of reverse discrimination, et al are just a few of the recent directions in many American schools.

    Abut five years ago, my grandniece and her mother left the California school system to move to Wyoming because of this liberal bias in California. Since then she has blossomed as a 4.0 gpa student; she loves the teachers and the strictness of the curriculum in her new home state. Does anyone believe that she would have done as well in the California, with its lefty-dominated political slant in education? (Yale sent a person to Wyoming to interview her and to find out what it would take to entice her to attend there.)

    Yeah, kids are learning something in school …. but it’s nothing that will serve their best interests, or those of our Country.

    • Wheels55

      I want our schools to teach our kids how to read, write and perform practical math. Each year a kid’s skills in those areas should improve. If the child feels the ability to go beyond the practical to higher levels, they should be encouraged to do so. But so many think schools teach kids how to think and reason. Schools seem to brainwash more that encourage open minded thinking. That’s why parents must step in and help their children to be better thinkers with the formal education they are receiving. After all, don’t we want kids to become adults that can take care of themselves? So many graduate from college and still have a blank stare and a thumb up their buttz.

  • DanB_Tiffin

    I points to myself, vas is das here;
    Das is mine top-notch-er, ya mama dear.
    Liberal, Top-notch-er, ooola, ooola
    Dat’s vot I learnt in der school, ya-ya!

  • Wheels55

    About FAU, the school totally blew it. If this was an established teaching method, as they claimed, then they too quickly abandoned it due to media pressure. It was a teachable moment that they let slide. If this was a stupid teaching method, as I think it was, they did little to explain why it happened in the first place.
    This was the third black eye for FAU in about as many months. Time for new leadership.

  • Wheels55

    Our schools teach about 8 years of reading and writing, about 6 years of math and 12 years of liberalism. Kids graduate believing they are free thinkers when they are actually brainwashed.