AREN'T SMARTER THAN A FIFTH-GRADER
By: Selwyn Duke
When Ive written about our listing mis-education system,
my focus has mainly been on rampant political correctness, on how students learn few of
the right things partially because of emphasis on teaching the wrong things. Yet
theres another problem: in some cases the teachers couldnt teach the right
things even if they wanted to they dont know them.
Professor Walter Williams treated this in his latest syndicated
column, Dishonest Educators. He introduces the topic by talking about the
fairly recent cheating scandals in places such as Atlanta, Philadelphia, Houston, New
York, Detroit, and other large cities (in areas that, not coincidentally, also have high
rates of vote fraud and other criminality). These are shocking instances in which teachers
would commit transgressions such as reading answers aloud in class during the National
Assessment of Educational Progress test. How did they justify this? Well, Williams quotes
one teacher who told a fellow educator, I had to give your kids, or your
students, the answers because theyre dumb as hell.
But it seems the kids arent the only ones. Now
we learn that some teachers in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi paid surrogates
between $1,500 and $3,000 to take the Praxis exam for them, the passing of which is
necessary for teacher certification in 40 states. And how challenging is this test that
some would fork over a few grand to a ringer sit-in? Williams describes a couple of
representative questions, writing:
Here's a practice Praxis I math question:
Which of the following is equal to a quarter-million 40,000, 250,000, 2,500,000,
1/4,000,000 or 4/1,000,000? The test taker is asked to click on the correct answer. A
practice writing skills question is to identify the error in the following sentence:
"The club members agreed that each would contribute ten days of voluntary work
annually each year at the local hospital." The test taker is supposed to point out
that "annually each year" is redundant.
Forget about the fact that adults would find such questions
challenging; its a sad statement about our society that wed set the bar for
teacher certification so low in the first place. I had to think: how young was I when I
didnt know the answers to the above two questions? Ten? Nine? Maybe even eight? Idiocracy has arrived.
Professor Williams also touches on a third rail of American social
commentary, mentioning that most of the teachers hiring the surrogates are likely black
and that most of the surrogates may very well be white. Now, before anyone thinks
of Summerizing Williams (not as I have. Rather, this refers to application of
the kind of politically correct social pressure that drove Larry Summers from Harvard),
know that he is black himself. And his point in addressing race is that our leftist
mis-educators tolerance of low-information black teachers puts the lie to their
claim that they care about blacks. After all, as he writes in his closing line, If
they [the teachers] manage to get through the mockery of teacher certification, at what
schools do you think they will teach?
But never fear, Dr. Williams. Im sure these molders of young
minds are well versed in afro-centrism, critical-race theory, and the principles of white
Duke is a writer, columnist and public speaker whose work has been published widely online
and in print, on both the local and national levels. He has been featured on the Rush
Limbaugh Show and has been a regular guest on the award-winning Michael Savage Show. His
work has appeared in Pat Buchanan's magazine The American Conservative and he writes
regularly for The New American and Christian Music Perspective. He is a regular
contributor to Ether Zone.
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