My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Schools are failing.....students aren't learning...

We're not paying enough attention to education...
Oh, children learn differently today, we were told. You see, someone in a faculty of education somewhere has done a study, and that always trumps common sense.

At the school, over nine years, there were terrific teachers and a beloved principal, but there was no one to teach art, music or gym. In fact, gym class was running around in street clothes, chasing a ball. No running shoes needed.

Last year, a popular after-school ski program was cancelled. A long-standing year-end three-day class trip to Montreal for the graduating sixth-graders -- for which they raised money all year -- shrunk to a day-trip. By then, cupcakes and cookies in lunches had been banned from the school in some parental jihad against sugar; on a birthday, though, you could give a kid a carrot.

Homework, now considered too onerous, is disappearing. Report cards of straight-As are not uncommon. Written comments are generated by computer, which may explain why my daughter was once called "Casper", whom, we were pleased to learn, "accurately converts between units when comparing capacity."

This isn't to say there aren't fine public schools and teachers in Canada. There just aren't enough of them.

No wonder, then, that students are unprepared when they reach university. This isn't an isolated outbreak of ignorance in a remote precinct; it is now a full-blown contagion. Teachers are seeing it everywhere.

Dana Hansen, an English teacher in the Ontario college system, writes in the Literary Review of Canada that she and her colleagues are "constantly confronted ... with a crisis in foundational literary skills." Students leave high school without fundamental reading comprehension or analytical skills.

Hansen notes that a lack of evidence doesn't prevent students from taking a position. When challenged, she reports, the argument is said to be valid because "it's my opinion."

Perhaps this is what happens in a culture in which children are told they are wonderful and parents treat them as friends.

Examinations are retaken in school and no one can fail, because that would hurt a child's feelings.

In the United States, a newsmagazine reports that college students are attending so few classes that one institution is now tracking their attendance electronically. An accompanying image shows students floating in a campus pool watching television.

It gets worse. A new comprehensive study by two professors in California found that students at four-year colleges in 1961 studied 24 hours a week. Today they study just 14 hours.


Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

I left teaching because EXACTLY the same is happening here in UK; it seems to be a global plan to render the West as unhealthy and anti-art as the islamic world!

Although I love music, I am not qualified to teach it, but I squeezed it into the curriculum until I was told off. Sport is synonymous with competition, which is not encouraged as it is not PC!

The only place it is encouraged, as I have personally witnessed, is in all the new mosque complexes, sprouting everywhere in the UK, where no amount less than £100 million can be spent. Here, there are swimming pools, tennis courts and gyms. According to some islamic book, this sort of thing is allowed if it is in the service of jihad.

So little muslim boys learn karate and when they are older learn boxing and other fighting techniques.

Can no one see they are training for war and we who are being trained AGAINST are being rendered weak and helpless?

9:42 AM  
Anonymous torone said...

Juniper: You are exactly right. Muslims are being trained to take over everywhere - and they are doing it with the help of their lib/left poodles. I live in Toronto and it is frightening to see what is happening here. My gym is full of crude blacks and ignorant muslims. Listening to them talk (amongst their own group but seldom to each other) you realize what a threat they represent. I'm convinced that the only logical outcome to this multi-culti mess is civil war.

11:03 PM  

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