Here’s some sobering information: According to a National Election Study, 25% of Americans aged 18 to 24 could not identify Dick Cheney as Vice President of the United States, and 63% of them could not find Iraq on a map of the Middle East.
That might be because 80% of the younger set in America do not own a world map and therefore 90% of them could not find Afghanistan either.
In the face of that depressing situation, the state of California is taking action. Earlier this month, the state senate voted 22-15 to prohibit textbooks or instructional materials that “contain any matter that reflects adversely” on persons because of their ethnicity, gender, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.
In addition, the proposed law would mandate textbooks include the study of “people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, (and who have contributed) to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States of America …”
In other words, California kids might soon be studying Gay 101.
Even liberal newspapers like the LA Times and the Sacramento Bee think this legislation is dopey. The Times is lamenting that books would recount history, in part, through a gay and lesbian “prism.”
The educational madness in California is part of a secular strategy to de-emphasize academic discipline in the classroom and replace it with an imposed worldview of tolerance and diversity. No longer are facts the primary focus in many public school lesson plans. Now, it’s not what you know, it’s how tolerant you are.
As a result, ten percent of California high school seniors cannot pass a statewide exit exam that requires just 60% of the questions be answered correctly. And the student gets six tries to pass the test. Talk about tolerance.
But don’t fret. A California judge, Robert Freedman, ruled the test unconstitutional because all schools are not equal, and therefore, in Freedman’s view, the test is unfair to some students.
Since it is impossible for schools to be equal, there always will be variables like the proficiency of teachers and principals; that would mean every standardized test would flunk constitutional muster. Thankfully, the California Supreme Court recognized Freedman’s lunacy and overturned his decision this week.
But Judge Freedman and his supporters are not going to go quietly into the night. The future of America’s public schools may well involve deep-sixing academics and creating a student body nourished on the achievements of homosexuals and other minorities. Was Columbus gay? If not, some California kids might never know who discovered America.
The left continues to scream about the great economic divide between wealthy Americans and everybody else. Do you think this insane school situation is going to cure that? Many affluent parents will take one look at the California public school landscape and immediately put their kid into private school. There, he or she will be forced to learn the three R’s instead of the three T’s: Tolerance, Totalitarianism and Total Failure.
Thus, ten years from now, we’ll have adults who’ll know all about Liberace, but can’t count. Meantime, the private school graduates will be counting all their money.
I’m sorry if this column doesn’t sound tolerant. I want all good people to be respected in America. But the “progressive” forces running California are creating an army of young Americans that will not be able to compete in the worldwide marketplace. And that is absolutely the straight story.