a School System that Pumps Kids up with a False Sense of Self-Worth
R.C. Murray is a disabled veteran of the Army Infantry Paratroopers and a former public school teacher. He left his job as a technical writer for a satellite manufacturer to teach high school English, only to be told he could not expect, much less require, his students to read their literature assignments.
After four years of fighting the public education system and having a stroke then a mini-stroke, Mr. Murray decided he was safer in the airborne infantry, and he left the classroom to return to technical writing. He has since dedicated his life to informing parents about what’s really going on in public schools and exhorting them to seek better alternatives for their children’s education.
below are excerpts from R.C. Murray in Chapter 3 of IndoctriNation: Public Education & the Decline of Christianity.
“People typically don’t like it when someone lies to them. Yet allowing a child to believe he has written a wonderful report or essay when his paper is slam full of grammar, word usage, spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure errors is the same as telling that child an absolute lie. It gives the child a false sense of self-esteem, and it sets him up for failure down the road.”
“When kids started doing poorly on writing tests, elitists devised a new way to grade these exams, a way that ignores the rules of grammar in favor of the total impression of quality — whatever that’s supposed to mean. Writing skills haven’t improved, but students
now feel better about their writing.”
Learning Disability Labels
“From 1989 to 1996 there was a 50 percent increase in the number of students labeled as having a learning disability — that’s over the course of less than a decade. One should question what might have been the cause of this increase, especially since most of the children
who received these labels were minority children.”
“Students get labeled by being tested, and based on the results of these tests, any special education teacher can make a life-changing decision that the student’s low score is the result of a learning disability. He is then labeled as such and protected from teachers who might try to teach him to learn something. Motivation problems are always ruled out. It is assumed that every child wants to learn.”
“This fallacy and the probability the kid scored low because of missing core knowledge — knowledge that is missing because of multicultural teaching strategies, constant excuses, and the simple fact the child has never been required to learn — leads the evaluators to determine the child is disabled and needs a label that legally allows him to be stupid.”
“Again, I realize that’s a cold way to say it, but I think this ridiculous concern for self-esteem has created a school system that pumps kids up with a false sense of self-worth when, in fact, their academic achievements don’t support their phony pride. Besides, why is pride considered a good thing in the first place? After all, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Prov. 16:18). Unless we turn around public education very soon, the next proud but academically stupid generation will lead us to our fall.”
“Are you concerned about the academic intelligence of the current generation of publicly educated students? Or have you seen something different than R.C. Murray experienced?”