P. J. O’Rourke said: “Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.”
Physical ills come and go, such as alcohol, drugs, sickness and the like. What never loses steam; what is forever a part of humanity, is ignorance. Ignorance is not a disability, it is a deliberate choosing not to learn. And if it is not deliberate on the part of the pupil, it is deliberate on the part of one who is teaching. There is no ignorance in the same span as knowledge.
It’s unfortunate that we have a school system that doesn’t push for excellence, but rather pushes to move you to the next level, regardless of your ability. At a recent speech, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said:
“Less than one-third of eighth-graders can identify the historical purpose of the Declaration of Independence, and it’s right there in the name…The more I read and the more I listen, the more apparent it is that our society suffers from an alarming degree of public ignorance…If there is a single child not learning about civics or not being exposed to what they must do as citizens, then all our lives are poorer for that.”
She is dead on in her assessment of American students. School is the beginning of knowledge. We put kids in school so that they can become well-rounded human beings. This well-roundedness assures that when they grow up, they will make informed decisions when voting. But the abject failure of our public schools has created a generation of rubes. Seniors in high school can tell you about global warming and voter suppression, but they can’t tell you who is on the Supreme Court.
High schools have become public indoctrination centers, transforming kids into miniature Liberals. Whenever Conservatives try to make schools better by offering vouchers and choice, the Democrats shut it down. The Left knows that if we turn out truly educated, well-rounded graduates, they will never win an election ever again. So to protect their own interests, they keep schools down, squishing them underneath the government boot.
Knowledge makes a Conservative. Ignorance makes a Liberal. So long as we have no power to educate children in a better way, we will continue to graduate ignorant citizens.