National standards aren't designed to help children excel. They're designed to produce citizens just capable of being blue collar workers and not much more.
That might have worked 50 yrs ago and maybe even 30, but it hasn't worked for any part of the 21st Century. As a direct result, we are turning out HS graduates that can no longer function in an information society.
They can scream on Facebook. They can Google and take pictures on Snap Chat and Instagram. But they can't function in a job. And so, unemployment is officially low only because millions have dropped out of the workforce. Because they can't hold down jobs, they turn to meth and oxy to tune out.
Whole communities are under siege. These are the Obama voters who voted for Trump. Not the meth heads too undereducated to work, maybe, but their parents, or siblings, etc, living through the devastation those wrecked lives create.
The education system is fundamentally broken. More money won't fix it. More strangling regulation from Washington hasn't fixed it. No.
The only thing that will fix education is competition that will spur everyone to create a better mousetrap.
I didn't vote for Trump, but this is what his voters want:
They want to completely tear down the current system because they truly believe that is the only way to build something better. You might not agree, but you miss the point if you believe evil Republican voters don't care about children.
However misguided they may or may not be, they want to destroy the current system BEFORE it destroys the next generation of THEIR children.
You (generic you) think it's so obvious that the current administration is going to destroy the public education system and wonder how Trump voters can't see it. How could they have allowed that to happen? Allow it? They're praying for it.
Not because they hate their children. Because they love them.
Because they don't want little Johnny to grow up to be just like his Uncle Jimmy who is 30, never had a job for longer than six months and is probably at this moment strung out on meth on some temporary friend's couch....
Washington doesn't hold the answer. Chicago is different from Lincoln, NE. What can work in one area won't work in another and Washington is too arrogant and full of itself to acknowledge the difference.
My three older boys went through the public school system. One is thriving in graduate school, but let's face it, his ego and aptitude would have allowed him to thrive anywhere. One is making it and will probably go to college on his GI Bill, someday. He's a military veteran and will eventually land on his feet. He will land on his feet because he's a hard worker and dedication still has value. A good apprenticeship program would have been his best bet, but those are passÃ©. My third adult child, well I'm raising his son, let's leave it at that.
My school age daughter is being home schooled. As will my grandson be in due course.
Washington provides 10% of school funding and 50% of school regulation. The schools are broken and Washington bears much of the blame. Yes, I hope the Dept of Education is brutally murdered by the current Administration.
You get the Feds out of the way and let local communities dictate school policy, accountable to each other as a community, and my guess is that they'll let their teachers actually teach.
If we ever decide to actually let our teachers teach again, what a renaissance in education that will be!