Education performance in the United Sates has fallen from #1 in the world in 1973 to #17 in 2013. Middle of the pack in science, math & reading in 2015. During that timeframe we added the DOE, lowered standards, lowered grading scales and spent trillions of dollars, only to see results dramatically decline against the rest of the world. The left wants more money spent to solve the problem. The right wants the DOE eliminated and local control restored. State Rankings by Size & Money. State Rankings Best & Worst. State Funding per Student. Textbooks are also a political battleground. Tax dollars are being used to buy textbooks that make claims like: 1. Christopher Columbus ordered the 'complete genocide' of Native Americans. 2. Members of the Boston Tea Party were 'terrorists'. 3. Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John F Kennedy because he was a 'deeply disturbed Marine'; not because he was a committed Marxist. 4. During Ronald Reagan presidency the 'poor got poorer', inferring that his policies were targeted to such a result. Where is the truth? See the debate in this section.

'Banned books' in schools spark growing activism across the US

from The Gray Area:
The following article from earlier in March is a reasonably fair review of the controversy over books in schools. The political narrative is 'book banning', for obvious reasons. The term is anti-American, brings up images of totalitarian regimes and carries an overall negative connotation. Matters not of course if the narrative is accurate, just that it works. And in fairness, it is a fine line to allow and not allow certain books. But this controversy is over two things, and neither is about banning books.
  1. Parental involvement. For too long shadowy people have helped provide books and classroom instruction materials to our teachers. Parent, either from denied access or simply apathy have not been involved. COVID brought school curriculum home and the parents began to see what public education in the 21st century looked like, and they are rightfully appalled.
  2. Books and related materials are acceptable to different age groups. As Gov DeSantis recently said, 'adults can read anything they want, not the same thing for kindergarten or kids in the 1st & 2nd grades'. Would you be happy if you teacher was making Playboy available to your first graders? Of course, not. Some of the books parents are concerned about are materials clearly over a kids head, and sexually or violently explicit.
Read the article below for an understanding of both sides.
from New York Post,
Until a year ago, Stephana Ferrell’s political activism was limited to the occasional letter to elected officials. Then came her local school board meeting in Orange County, Florida and an objection raised to Maia Kobabe’s graphic novel “Gender Queer: A Memoir.” And the county’s decision last fall to remove it from high school shelves. “By winter break, we realized this was happening all over the state and needed to start a project to rally parents to protect access to information and ideas in school,” says Ferrell, a mother of two. Along with fellow Orange County parent Jen Cousins, she founded the Florida Freedom to Read Project, which works with existing parent groups statewide on a range of educational issues, including efforts to “keep or get back books that have gone under challenge or have been banned.” More From New York Post:

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