Two Politically Correct Scams Supported by Corporate Owned Media that Threaten Democracy in America

Crazy Normal – the Classroom Exposé

The actual U.S. place in the international ranking of all OECD countries from the International PISA test was 6th in reading and 13th in math—not 14th in reading and 25th in math as reported. The 2012, PISA tested about 85,000 students in 44 countries placing the U.S. in the top 13.6% for reading and 29% for math. Thirty-eight countries ranked lower in reading and 31 in math.

This post is about the two scams that have led to the era of corporate supported, public education reform in the United States. The first scam was a report called “A Nation at Risk” in 1983, during the Reagan era. Because of this report, teachers, teachers’ unions and the democratic public schools have been painted as failures, and the corporate owned media turned “A Nation at Risk” into front page news with endless, never-ending chatter that focuses on the so-called failing…

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8 responses to “Two Politically Correct Scams Supported by Corporate Owned Media that Threaten Democracy in America”

  1. I was a kid in school when the Russians launched Sputnik. The whole educational system went into a tailspin and that was the first time I remember them deciding we needed math, math, math and maybe some science too. This educational spasms have occurred off and on over the years. I hope they get over this one, too.

    1. When I was a kid, I didn’t care what went on beyond the page of the book I was reading.


      I was totally out of touch with the world and lived mostly inside my skull contained imagination. My world was the world that books brought to me—historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy fiction, westerns, and mysteries. As a child in the real world, I was sick most of the time, so escaping into a book was my best option to help me ignore my physical limitations and they were many when I was a child. When I graduated from high school, I was 6’4″ and weighed 125 pounds.

      My health finally started to improve shortly before I graduated from high school and that allowed me to go into the U.S. Marines where, for the first time in my undisciplined life, I was forced to face the harsh realities of the world. Having had that childhood, today I cherish my health and do all I can to maintain it.

      It was in the Marines where my life changed drastically. Without the Marines and serving in Vietnam, I’m convinced I would have never gone to college. What I would have done with my life, I have no idea, but washing dishes in a coffee shop for forty-five years is unthinkable. I had already done that 30 hours a week nights and weekends from 15 to HS graduation.

      I’m with you when it comes to this fake crises over the public schools coming to an end, but I don’t hold out much hope it will be easy. In fact, it may eventually lead to riots and even a bloody civil war between the billionaires and their private armies and drones and the rest of us willing to fight. I hope I’m gone by then. I have no desire to carry a weapon in combat again, but if it comes down to that, I will fight. That, I am sure of.

      1. Hopefully we aren’t at that point quite yet. I think this will ultimately just fade away as all the other fake crises have. I couldn’t avoid sputnik. They make SUCH a big deal about it … in the classroom and everywhere. I was also wrapped in books, but this was probably the biggest event since WW II … especially for education … and none of us were left unscathed.

      2. My parents didn’t vote and they didn’t watch the news. They watched sitcoms and read paperbacks. The only political opinion my father had was that all politicians were crooks and it was a waste of time to vote for them because nothing would change. My mother divided her time between reading paperbacks and the Bible.

      3. I didn’t hear about it from my parents. I heard about it in school. Constantly. At assembly. In class. In the school newsletter. As I said, it was unavoidable.

      4. I was 12 in 1957 when Sputnik went into orbit. I think I was in 6th grade, and I don’t remember a lot of activity at school about it.

      5. I lived in New York city. That probably had something to do with it.

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