Celebrated Teacher Explains Why Schools Don’t Produce Well-Educated Minds

Caesar’s "divide and conquer" strategy brought to peak efficiency

In recent years, a number of Americans have been awakening to the realization that today’s children are not receiving a high-quality education. The nation’s test scores in everything from reading to science are evidence of that.

But while many Americans now recognize what a good education is not, many are unsure exactly what it is.

Former New York school teacher of the year John Taylor Gatto once answered that question in his book Weapons of Mass Instruction. According to Gatto, the sign of a well-educated mind is one that can make connections and is connected to four different things:

There is a dilemma in American education. On the one hand, teachers are essential to student achievement. On the other, teachers unions promote self-interests of their members which are antithetical to the interests of students. So, how do we fix this problem? In five minutes, Terry Moe, Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, delineates this quandary and offers solutions.

Law professors pen open letter denouncing Title IX overreach

Photo by: Elise Amendola Alyssa Leader, a recent Harvard graduate, listens while flanked by her attorneys Alex Zalkin, left, and Irwin Zalkin at a news conference, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass., about the filing of a Title IX civil lawsuit on her behalf alleging the university failed to adequately protect her and investigate complaints of sexual assault, harassment and retaliation. Leader says she was sexually assaulted between March 2013 and March 2014 on campus while she was a student at Harvard. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Photo by: Elise Amendola
Alyssa Leader, a recent Harvard graduate, listens while flanked by her attorneys Alex Zalkin, left, and Irwin Zalkin at a news conference, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass., about the filing of a Title IX civil lawsuit on her behalf alleging the university failed to adequately protect her and investigate complaints of sexual assault, harassment and retaliation. Leader says she was sexually assaulted between March 2013 and March 2014 on campus while she was a student at Harvard. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

A group of 21 law professors issued a public letter Monday protesting the U.S. Department of Education’s expanded interpretation of Title IX, which they said is chilling campus free speech and curtailing student due-process rights. The letter takes issue with a set of regulations unilaterally imposed by the agency’s Office of Civil Rights, mandating how colleges…

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Please go to PodcastAwards.com and nominate The Great Education Struggle in the Education category. While you’re at it, you may want to nominate some other podcasts, such as Israel and Brook Wayne’s, Family Renewal.

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Episode 67: Is the GED a Better Indicator of College Readiness Than a High School Diploma?

The New GED Performance Levels Announced

On January 26, 2016, I watched live as the GED Testing Service announced major changes to the GED exam.  After two years of study, GED Testing Service has decided to not just change the performance level indicators, but have also determined the old passing score was forcing GED graduates to meet a much higher performance standard than their high school graduate counterparts. Guess what they do and what it actually means?

In this episode, I explain the details and show how the GED might just be a better indicator of college and technical schools readiness than today’s high school diploma.

Episode 66: Chinese Immigrant: I have seen Common Core Before, in Communist China

Chinese-American Lily Tang Williams says Common Core reminds her of the Communist education she received under Mao Tse-tung

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Hundreds of thousands have been fighting the official federal takeover of public, private, and in large part, homeschool curriculum through the Common Core State Initiative.  Many of them see the similarities between the 20th-century totalitarian government schools systems and CCSS.  But often they are dismissed as using rhetoric, and living in the cold Cold War. But what would you say, if someone who lived in China under Mao Tse-tung rule, who completed her education in China and said, yes Common Core is the same standards and expectations Mao demanded of her and her classmates?

Yes, in fact, Lily Tang Williams has seen Common Core before!  It was the same education program she and her countrymen were forced to endure, and it has cost them and their country dearly.  Tune in this week, as we discuss Mrs. Willaiam’s Chinese education roots and experiences and how they compare to what she sees in Common Core.

Now this is really cool to hear. Orthodox Jews singing the 120th Psalm (Psalms 121).

This video is of a presentation that I gave at The Truth for the Next Generation Conference a few weeks ago in South Carolina. It is fully edited with an introduction including a music soundtrack. In addition, every important power-point slide with survey data, scripture, and secular humanist quotes is 100% integrated within the video. This could be a very useful resource to encourage Christian parents to abandon the Public Schools and provide their children with a purely Biblical education for the glory of God. It could also be useful in challenging pastors with a strong gospel centered, Great Commission focused, Biblical case against Public Education that ends with a call for pastors to rescue the flock of God that Jesus has given them from the Public Schools. The following are some of the questions that I answered:

  • Are the Public Schools Mission Fields or Indoctrination Centers?
  • Do the Public Schools sabotage the Gospel?
  • Should Christian Parents send their Children to the Public Schools?
  • Should we send them as Student Missionaries?
  • What does the Bible have to say?

This presentation exposes the Public Schools as indoctrination centers, demolishes both the “Christian Liberty” and the “Salt and Light” arguments, lovingly calls the church to abandon public education, and challenges pastors to rescue the church.

Watch this presentation, compare it to the Word of God, and if what I am saying is true, share the link to this video with your friends, family, and every pastor you know.

Want evidence of how biased the public school’s textbooks are?  Check this video out and receive Dr. Sandra Stotsky’s book The Stealth Curriculum: Manipulating America’s History Teachers for free.

 

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Episode 65: Framers Presupposition, Civil Government Jurisdiction, & the Abolition of the Civil Government Education System

Join returning guest Kevin Novak as we discuss these topics and more

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After a long a long absence away from the mic, The Great Education Struggle is back.  Join Virginia attorney and president of Deconstructing the Collision, Kevin R. Novak as we discuss framers presupposition, the proper jurisdiction of the civil government, and the abolition of the civil government education system.