Has an era of American mediocrity begun? In January the College Board announced it would eliminate the essay portion of the SAT, as well as all of the separate SAT subject tests. Their stated purpose was “reducing and simplifying demands on students.” Such a burden.
One high school near me just dropped freshman advanced standing (honors) English “to combat the effects of academic ‘tracking” because it “ultimately separates students of different socioeconomic and racial backgrounds.” It turns out that middle schools from lower-income areas aren’t adequately preparing their students for high school. So rather than fix that problem, they dumbed down high school.Mediocrity Is Now Mandatory by Andy Kessler, Wall Street Journal 2-7-21
Average, mediocre, acceptable … I have come to hate these and similar words. It seems we are on a quest to lower standards in the name of …. of progress? We have come to the point where we treat symptoms rather than the disease.
- Promote subprime mortgages to people who can’t afford to pay them
- Forgive student loans with no accountable criteria
- Expand social safety nets, but ignore what causes their use and the goal to reduce their need
- Raise the minimum wage, but little focus on getting workers out of MW jobs
- Complain about unfairness, but accept education systems at high school and below that are failing
- Promise anything and everything free, even payments at birth, monthly checks, etc.
- Create an entitlement, I deserve mentality
- Treat wealth accumulation as a disease instead of examples of innovation, creativity, industry and job creation
- Ignore personal responsibility and accountability