George Reisman on education

George Reisman writes:

Washington, D. C., Oct. 10. Following in the footsteps of “No Child Left Behind,” the Department of Education is considering new requirements applicable to all colleges and universities benefiting in any way from federally financed programs, such as student loan and dormitory-financing programs. Continued eligibility for participation in the programs would require graduates receiving a baccalaureate degree to demonstrate at least a 9th-grade level of reading ability and a 7th-grade level of ability in mathematics.

Reisman’s piece comments on the above comment by stating that “I think that the deplorable state of contemporary education that is indicated in that paragraph is essentially accurate and that the paragraph would probably be accepted by the majority of informed people without challenge, as a straightforward news report.”

Dr. Reisman is correct, and in our view the cause begins in K-12 and is aided and abetted by the government monopoly over education in virtually every state in the union. The intransigence of the pedigogical profession to market reforms is deplorable, yet predictable. Primary public education in this country is not about the acquisition of knowledge; it is about teacher pay, teacher benefits, sex education, mental modeling, and wasting vast sums of money in support of a socialistic paradigm. The answer is to break the monopoly status of the state over education. The government schools that survive would have to ruthlessly expel the superfluous and focus on like a laser on what is essential: academic achievement.

Reisman concludes his excellent article thusly:

Properly, by the time a student has completed a college education, his brain should hold the essential content of well over a hundred major books on mathematics, science, history, literature, and philosophy, and do so in a form that is well organized and integrated, so that he can apply this internalized body of knowledge to his perception of everything in the world around him. He should be in a position to enlarge his knowledge of any subject and to express his thoughts on any subject clearly and logically, both verbally and in writing. Yet, as the result of the miseducation provided today, it is now much more often the case that college graduates fulfill the Romantic ideal of being “simple, uneducated men.”

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