Comparing Obama-ed to Obamacare, according to Mark Steyn is a fair comparison. "You can't (as Obama wants to do) send everyone to university and still expect it to be 'university,'" explained Steyn, March 28, 2014. Steyn quotes Ann Coulter saying Obamacare only offered her "a plan that no doctors take or a plan that no hospitals take."
His conclusion: Obamacare is not insurance nor will Obama-ed be an education because "twerking your way through college," has proven in the past to turn out students who make less than high school drop-outs.
Steyn addressed lowered academic disciplines for American students, specifically a 251-level special topics course, "The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media." Steyn coined a new pop culture name for the the university offering the course, Skidmore College of Saratoga, "Twerk State University."
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Steyn urged readers to look "past the colon," of the Miley class to the value of an education from universities willing to feature classes on "Race, Class, Gender and Media." From an Atlantic report on how little worth and education from the types of colleges which offer these sort of pop culture classes have, Steyn quoted:
The self-reported earnings of art majors from Murray State are so low that after two decades, a typical high school grad will have out-earned them by nearly $200,000.
Steyn should know. Steyn doesn't have a college education, not even from a "Twerk State University," nor does he have a high school diploma from a "Twerk" high-school. Steyn doesn't have a high-school diploma at all. That's why it is ludicrous, thinks Steyn, to live in a society where his lack of education hasn't stopped him from a successful career in journalism, a career as a coveted political pundit, or a career as an author of many top books and yet push for all kids to have a college education, ready-or-not, willing or not.
Research from Steyn's latest book, "After America," reveals:
- In 1940, a majority of the US population had no more than a eighth-grade education.
- By 2008, 40 percent of 18-24 year-olds were enrolled in college.
Steyn wonders why is it that today the average American will be "almost twice as old by the time" his education is finished plus he will have spent "over twice as long in the classroom," during that time. There's much to be said for those folks from a former era, posits Steyn.
One might say, and Steyn does, that eighth-graders won World War II; and as well, it was the creativity and work ethic of American eighth-graders which exploded an economy unequaled elsewhere on the planet. In Steyn's opinion, today's educational culture is effectively extending adolescence for five years, at a great cost in maturity and dollars, in order to promote "the manners and mores of progressive conformism," in the name of "equity."
"School discipline reform that halts the use of out-of-school suspensions and expulsions and prioritizes positive discipline policies that keep students in school and learning rather than barring them from the classroom," is fifth of five suggestions on an "Equity Checklist," developed by the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign. The organization's promotional page added a quote from the Congress’ Equity and Excellence Commission that, "the current American system exacerbates the problem by giving these children [of poverty] less of everything that makes a difference in education."
President Obama has launched a dual push for the education of young Latinos and African Americans. There is his "My Brother's Keeper" campaign combined with the promotion of new initiatives for boys and young men of color tapping the resources of leading foundations and businesses to build ladders of opportunity.
Educators are scrambling to find ways to help low performing students thrive. Data from the 2013 National Assessment of Education Progress indicated severe gaps in reading and math for African American students. For instance, nationwide, only 18 percent of African American students were proficient in 4th grade reading compared to 46 percent for whites.
"Equity for students" is key to “make sure all students have access to high-quality educational opportunities," recently explained U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Deborah S. Delisle. She defended the administration’s emphasis on wanting all kids to go to college, saying, “When somebody says to me, ‘You know what? Every kid is not going to college,’ I just shiver."
Delisle admitted that currently the bar is high for many high school freshmen to meet college and career ready standards when they “haven’t had eight years of rigorous coursework to support that.” Delisle is offended to hear anyone say "those kids" can't meet the standards. Delisle added. “[For] those of you working in urban environments, that’s code [language] and you know it.”
Because this race for educational equality dismisses minority educational gaps as insignificant, Steyn may be right to fear that more and more graduates will be "twerked" through America's education system. If so, will Obama-ed for all, in the name of equity, benefit America?