All my life, reforms have poured down upon our entire education systems and this rain of concern has had one effect: it has nearly destroyed the entire system from top to bottom! The collapse of our education systems starts at the top and the rot goes all the way to the bottom. Higher education, thanks to government loans, has devolved into a money machine system designed to lure naive students deep into debt and to keep this flood of chumps flowing into the carnival booths, they need to hand out easy high grades like candy and create useless courses to study so students think they are learning when they are really having their pockets picked by con artists. Meanwhile, at the bottom, the bottom is falling out as our schools fill with minorities who are nearly utterly incapable of learning anything at all. While we teach our upper class students in business school and administration studies, how to loot the poor even more efficiently.
The worst part of higher ed is the ‘Education’ degree programs. These are a total farce and produce very inept teachers who have flooded into our schools and are making a bad situation worse: Teacher Training Is A Ridiculously Easy Way To Ace College, Report Says
The NCTQ report quantifies how easy it is for teacher preparation students compared with those other fields of study. It examined college and university commencement brochures, and calculated the percentage of education majors at an institution who received honors — the highest grades. At 58 percent of 509 schools, “teacher preparation programs are much more likely to confer high grades than are other majors on the same campus,” the report says. While an average of 30 percent of all students graduated “cum laude,” 44 percent of teacher preparation students received the honor. The report calls the results “a wake-up call for higher education.”
The report also found that assignments in teacher preparation classes that were the basis of 71 percent of course grades were “criterion-deficient,” asking for opinions or viewpoints rather than facts. It recommends common “standards to define excellence” and the assignment of objective measures.
Amazing, isn’t it, for someone who has gone into higher education way back in 1967, I had little debt and great schooling whereas today it is the reverse. Universities let in many students and then ruthlessly winnowed out the ones unable to cope and left the core students who then sail along to victory…except for the reforms!
I was one of the earliest victims of this! I was allowed into the German department programs at age 16 and went to Germany to study, came back in 1969 and was well on the way when suddenly, with little warning, the language requirements for both high school and colleges were junked. Yes, dumped into the trash! I was stunned.
So way back in 1973 when I was pregnant with my first child, I moved to NYC and transferred to NYU only to dump the entire business due to the German department there being basically shut down and I went into construction instead and made my living with that and alternatively, working with computers. Both made me money.
The corruption for money at the top is obvious to see, when I worked for RPI, for example, a STEM school, the new President, Shirley Jackson, elevated due to being a black female, terminated the professor’s Senate which advised the Presidents and set policies, and ruled herself and the first action was to give herself millions of dollars while starving the staff of funds.
I lost my battle with her (the corruption is all over the place there now) but she was just merely typical, not unusual. All the schools are now giving huge funds to Presidents and their staff and starving the professors and taking away all power from them, mainly to force them into passing students who do nothing and to make no demands or show any initiatives.
Even popular ones (ahem, yup!) are fired if they try to stop this. It is epidemic in particular in the Education departments which are diploma mills at this point. Many good potential teachers are quitting both lower and higher academia due to starvation wages for TAs and AAs at major universities and the fact that most education graduates must apply to schools hosting near-savage minority students with a high teacher turnover rate.
Many poor saps who get these degrees learn early on, they are being fed to the lions and flee to other jobs that may pay less but are far safer and saner.
In the latest flailing about, the White House Turns Up Heat on Teacher Preparation – Education Week:
Long-delayed federal rules aiming to hold teacher-preparation programs accountable for producing effective talent are getting a surprise boost from none other than the White House…
Though billed as an executive action by President Barack Obama, the plan is really the revival of a 2012 effort. Early that year, the Education Department attempted to put teeth in what are generally considered fairly lax accountability requirements for teacher colleges in the Higher Education Act…
“The higher ed. community was kind of aghast at that, and not just in teacher ed. The fear was, is this what’s coming next?” said Rick Ginsberg, the dean of the education school at the University of Kansas, in Lawrence. “They were trying to come up with a stick, but it could end up hurting the very students who need it the most.”
Lord help us! The first university to give me a scholarship was the University of Kansas! And now the school demands the courses for teaching teachers be made easier so they all pass so I suspect, ‘minority’ teachers can become teachers? I have watched a number of exposes over the years showing the chaos that has engulfed our major cities’ schools and it is painfully obvious that black teachers in particular, struggle to teach mainly due to incompetence.
The GOP came up with a program that punishes teacher who have bad student results and reward the good teachers but all this was cover for giving goodies to white teachers because of course, few of them would go into inner city schools to do battle with an army of out of control, disrespectful children and their enraged, violent mothers. So black teachers got no help and no rewards and everyone else avoided black schools like the plague since this meant you would be labeled ‘bad teacher’ no matter how good you are!
This is a problem across the board, of course. Accreditation is a farce. Confessions of a College Professor: Accreditation to Die Overnight?
Accreditation, before the Federal student loan program existed, used to be about education. Accredited schools used to be legitimate schools that cared about education…accreditation was a final seal of legitimacy.
The HEA changed that…accreditation became about money. I was with a school that went through the accreditation process. Once that school became accredited, being legitimate was no longer necessary—the student loan money flows in mightily from scammers that are there for the checks (after administration takes their cut). Once accredited, I, and other legitimate faculty, were kicked in the balls repeatedly harassed by the institution until we resigned because we no longer were desired.
The HEA is renewed every few years, and the renewal scheduled for 2014 has a clause in it that’s devastating for accreditation:
Create a more flexible higher education experience and reduce costs by decoupling federal financing from accreditation (Title IV).
Ho. Lee. Crap. If accreditation is decoupled from federal financing, whatever will it be for? Administration in higher education took over accreditation years ago, warping into something that has nothing to do with education at all. If accreditation isn’t linked to federal loans, it’ll become a joke. Oh wait, it’s already a joke, as I’ve shown in detail, many times.
Dr. Doom (who, unlike me, has to have a fake name due to fear of his job) and I have fun chatting about all this. The fun of despair, of course. We can see the end result as our nation goes into a tail spin. I remember the sixties very well. Reformers, terrified that Russia and China would beat us in the Cold War, were desperate to improve things.
But at the same time, the school integration business began and even more ominous, the Vietnam War. Many students flooded into Universities was males sought the student exemption while black children began their slow decline into the thug hell we see today. The Vietnam war led to chaos at the university level and I was very much an anti-war organizer. I remember the very day Nixon eliminated the student exemption. I was sitting in the Peace and Freedom office in Tucson, making a template for a leaflet about this issue when the president of the student council came running in, crying.
I sat him down and said, ‘Welcome! You are the very person I want to see. You will be our featured speaker at our rally tomorrow.’ The police attacked this rally and beat the students who then rose up in rage and we had a running battle going which eventually led, across the country, to the war basically being shut down and the draft ended.
Now, colleges are not for learning, they are traps. They have wonderful services and fun things to do while the carnival is in session. All sorts of goodies to keep students and virtually no serious attempt at making them learn much of anything useful. Even the STEM schools are now doing this! And it is all quite sad as Russia and China once again push forwards while we go backwards.
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