It's election season, so the TV is filled with ads for mysterious ballot propositions.
Aside: I've always wanted to print a bumper sticker and a yard sign for a non-existent proposition with an inscrutable tagline. It would say something like: "Yes on Q! Excoriate the Cephalopods!"
Last night, while expanding my vocabulary with Pat and Vanna, I saw one for some education bond or tax or theft. Whatever it was, more money was going to be given to edumakashun. Hooray for larnin'! One of the sales points was that the money was going to allow teachers to improve early education as in K-3.
Or maybe I'm conflating this with something I read on the web. Who knows. They always want more and more money to do things mankind has been doing for 2,000 years - teach basic literacy and math.
How much has really changed in what we expect out of 8-year-olds over the last, say, two centuries? Are we hoping they pick up breadboard soldering skills, or is it still phonics and basic math functions? I've been out of the parenting-tiny-tots business for a while, so I'm not sure, but I suspect we still hope they've got "C-A-T" and "3 x 4 = 12" by second grade and not much else.
Getting to the point: If we need more and more money to inflict the same basic skills we did 100 years ago, doesn't that indicate the incoming raw material is of worse quality?
|I wonder why that is.|
* - I have to admit, these kinds of posts are part easy to write, part heartfelt and part self-parody. I'm well aware that if you read my blog there would be a ton of doom, Doom, DOOM!