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50 Years of Public Education

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Submitted by D Williams (United States), Oct 24, 2006 at 21:18

The culmination of public education is now being felt in the upper echelons of business, government, then media, and institutions of higher learning. Mediocrity, slothfulness, greed, and weakness prevail in almost every area of our society. Americans are filled with prides for those things that they themselves have not accomplished. It was their fathers, or grandfathers that made the country strong. Americans today seek escape from reality and a plush life. Put a video game in their hands and they will forget that the nation of Islam is at their throats.

This is a nation not of goals or accomplishment but a nation of avoidance and getting by. We used to reward and admire excellence, now we admire ignorance and boasting. It shows in every area of our society. The least amount of effort while asking for the greatest amount of reward. The enemy walks among us and we are taught tolerance. Our children are being dumbed down and have been for 50 years, meanwhile those who wish to do the least but be recognized the most wish the school system to be rewritten for those who do not wish to learn. Ebonics, reworked testing standards, extra points for minorities, and other "Equal Rights" movements have served to make our minorities some of the most ignorant in the world.

Further, it prevents them from being able to compete on the world stage. It drives them to the lowest common denominator. Meanwhile, "other" minorities from Africa, the Middle East, China, Japan, Korea, etc., come to this country and consistently post the highest scores, excel and achieve. In turn they take that knowledge back to their own countries, or find that they can achieve personal success in a country of stupid Americans.

Liberals have driven this agenda for 50 years. I do not know if this can be reversed, but if it does not, we will fall.

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