Dumbing Down in the Public Schools?

 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.

Dumbing Them Down by R.C. Murray

below are excerpts from R.C. Murray in Chapter 3 of IndoctriNation: Public Education & the Decline of Christianity.

Holistic Grading

“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?”


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22 thoughts on “Dumbing Down in the Public Schools?

  1. Melanie Schemanski

    The public schools are putting out government drones, they are not able to think on their own, or use their God given talents. They are much ‘dumber’ than they used to be.

  2. Mary Jo

    Yes, I am very concerned. Especially with the way hatred for God and belief in evolution is being promoted at the taxpayer’s expense.

  3. Cindy

    I am very concerned. While I didn’t see this in my own experience, I have noticed it in other people’s grades (who I will absolutely not name). A’s seem far too easy to earn to me. Nobody cares if the kids are learning, so long as they’re not “left behind” on paper.

  4. Patty Regan

    Sounds similiar to John Taylor Gatto. Retired NY school teacher who advocates homeschooling! Awesome.

  5. Katrina S

    I am concerned. Considering standard education decades ago vs. that which many students receive today, it seems the academics now are severely lacking.

  6. Scott

    Yes, It is a said affair. Parents look at the A or B grades and don’t even realize that their children are way below where they think they are. But, they are giving their responsibility over to others and happy to do so. Sad.

  7. Tanya

    I’m most certainly concerned and saddened that children are not allowed to flourish as the precious children of God that they are. This article touched me in a very emotional way.

  8. Jayson

    It’s interesting how self-esteem has been emphasized so much in public school. “We can’t hurt little Johnny’s feelings or he won’t do well” Funny how the shame of not doing well was what cause our Founding Fathers to stand up and do what was seemingly impossible and unthinkable to stand up to tyranny and to form this great nation.

  9. Becky M

    I have a friend whose child absolutely should not have been promoted to the next grade. Basically, they promoted him any way so as to not hurt any one’s feelings. I remember teenagers in my high school basically flunking out of every subject but still moving through the grades and getting a diploma. I’m tired of children/teenagers moving through the school system when they don’t deserve to be promoted so that parents don’t get their own feelings hurt.

  10. Julie Campbell

    I am extremely worried. My oldest children went through public school and I am amazed at the lack of expectations from the schools. My little ones are homeschooled for a reason- Experience with public schools.

  11. Lisa Fisher

    We have seen the movie and are so impressed with it. I’m anxious to read the book. RC Murray is absolutely correct. Our schools are much more concerned with making students feel good than they are with actually teaching. So thankful we are homeschooling!

  12. Steven Chapman

    I live in Chicago were there are mandatory advancement requirements regardless of how poorly a student performs. Low performing schools serve as a warehouse for students just to keep them off the street as represented by statements from the mayor during the recent teacher strike.

  13. Carey Jane Clark

    These poorly-educated students sometimes make it to post-secondary education, where as an instructor, I’ve encountered the same mandate to ignore poor grammar, spelling and writing mechanics in favor of a more “holistic” grading approach. It is sad, and it is scary. The end result: a poorly-educated population that hasn’t been taught how to examine facts in search of truth. Self-esteem used to be connected to hard work. Now it is empty–filling children up with their value, but not giving them anything concrete to pin that to.

  14. Lori

    I am really interested in reading your book! What I read so far makes me glad I am able to homeschool!

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