>If I made this statement in 1950, it would be a >conjecture, but making it now with the overwhelming >abundance of data in front of us, it is a fact. An >unfortunate fact, but still a fact. What the last 3 >decades have proven is that educators cannot close the >gap, but they can dumb down subjects.
Exactly. I do not claim to be smarter, as an individual, than the Education Mafia of 1950. In 1950, I might have signed onto all their theories and experiements. The difference between me and the Education Mafia of 1950 is that I have a long and detailed history to examine.
In the 21st century, when it comes to predicting Education Mafia policies and practices, their nature and effectiveness, I have been essentially predicting the past. And I have been getting right every time.
When my son was a little younger, sometimes we would watch the same movie a second time. When one of the characters would open that door he should not have opened, or unwisely jumped out of the plane, or some such thing, my son would exclaim, "Geez! I didn't think he would do that again!"
Watching the Education Mafia in action is like watching the same movie over, and over and over, and...For me, the mystery is how anybody could be surprised by what the Education Mafia does.
There is a less funny issue to consider. The Education Mafia of the 21st century can examine the same historical record. That they persist in doing what they do suggests to me they have their own agenda, quite unlike our agenda. When it comes to 21st century American public education, the only important question to investigate is: who are the Education Mafia and what is their agenda.