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How the Education System Hurts American Business

How the Education System Hurts American Business
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By Friday, 16 November 2018 04:22 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Considering Donald Trump’s rapidly improving economy, many of us were astonished to see close elections between traditional Republicans and hard-left Democrats in three reliably conservative states:
  • U.S. Senator from Texas: Senator Ted Cruz (R) over Congressman Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke (D)
  • Governor of Florida: Congressman Ron DeSantis (R) over Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum (D)
  • U.S. Senator from Arizona: Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D) over Congresswoman Martha McSally (R)

The race in Arizona, once the home of arch-conservative Barry Goldwater, was particularly perplexing. Sinema, the winner, had denigrated Arizona (called it “the meth lab of Democracy”) and condoned sedition (“I don’t care” if people join the Taliban and fight against the U.S. military).

Yet, Martha McSally, a true conservative, former colonel, and trailblazing fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, still lost!

What’s happening here?

It’s possible that the Democratic voters in this election had sat at home in 2016, comfortably assuming that Hillary would win, but came out in droves last week to avenge Trump’s victory. But, that is only part of the story.

As I’ve written previously, the answer lies in our educational system.

Kids coming out of public schools today are decidedly socialist, anti-American, and spineless. Why? Because those in charge of choosing, certifying, and conveying the curricula are ensuring this outcome.

Moreover, because so many parents want to be friends with their children — rather than their superiors and disciplinarians — their propagandized kids influence how they think, talk, feel — and vote.

While Kyrsten Sinema’s victory over Martha McSally dominated the news, few noticed another key but unglamorous victory.

Arizona voters elected Kathy Hoffman, a 32-year-old speech therapist with no administrative experience, as superintendent of public instruction. Hoffman will be the first Democrat since 1995 to hold that position.

The superintendent manages Arizona's public school system and oversees its universities. That’s a lot of power and influence for an ill-equipped boss.

A quick view of Hoffman’s campaign website reveals her interests in bilingualism, LGBTQ inclusion, and teacher advocacy. Missing is any reference to teacher and curricula evaluation, or equipping students with the requisite skills to compete for jobs across America and around the world.

Peter Drucker, the iconic expert on business management, famously said: "If you can't measure it, you can't improve it." In today’s public schools, principals don’t measure, or evaluate, teachers and, therefore, cannot improve the quality of education.

Shocked? You should be.

According to Dr. Richard Giordano, author of the forthcoming book, “Ineptitude, Conformity, and Obfuscation: The Fraud of Teacher Evaluation in the Public Schools,” principals don’t evaluate teachers because they can’t. Giordano explains that teachers must have expertise in two areas: subject matter and teaching methods. Surprisingly, principals are unable to evaluate them in either area.

Giordano told me: “Parents don't realize that the principals in charge of evaluating their kids’ teachers have no knowledge of the subject matter [math, biology, physics, history] these teachers teach and, consequently, can’t ascertain whether the teachers are "smart enough" to teach those subjects.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Congresswoman-elect from the Bronx, epitomizes the graduate of America’s educational system: a socialist with no grasp of reality, despite having studied economics at Boston University.

She wants free "Medicare for All," college tuition, and houses for the poor, and guaranteed federal employment at $15 per hour — which would cost $40 trillion, twice America’s national debt.

When asked how taxpayers could possibly afford her programs, Ocasio-Cortez answered: “Just pay for it.”

Those who elected Ocasio-Cortez to Congress and still blithely cheer at her bogus utterances are likewise products of the same “educational” system that pervades and degrades America.

This is outrageous: Our survival depends on having an educated citizenry.

Ironically, an education, from a high school or even an Ivy League university, does not make one “educated.” An educated person has knowledge, can apply it practically, and has the tools to detect a charlatan.

According to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 74 percent of people older than 65 can pass the American citizenship test — while only 19 percent of people younger than 45 can pass it. Education used to be good.

Pity the CEO who has to hire from, train, and sell to this mediocre cohort.

The current trajectory of overt progressive bias and lenient academic standards in our schools will further degrade student quality and employability, making it increasingly tough for American companies to sustain themselves.

The business of America is business. Education, in its current form, hurts business. Unless we fix it, we won’t survive.

Marc Rudov is a branding advisor to CEOs, speaker, media commentator, and author of "Brand Is Destiny: The Ultimate Bottom Line" and "Be Unique or Be Ignored: The CEO’s Guide to Branding." Find him at MarcRudov.com. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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The business of America is business. Education, in its current form, hurts business. Unless we fix it, we won’t survive.
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Friday, 16 November 2018 04:22 PM
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