Evidence That Public Education Has Failed Us

Ever look around and wonder, in a land in which a hefty chunk of our tax dollars is being spent on implenting free public education, testing new educational theories and arguing for more progressive educational policies, why are so many people acting like they never learned anything at all in school?  As an educator, perhaps I wonder about this more than most.  But on that tack, here’s a list of some random observations that may give credence to that idea that public education has failed us.  If you’d like to add your own, please do so in the comments section below.  (And if you’re reading this on Facebook, please use the blog’s comment system and not Facebook’s, otherwise people in the non-Facebook world won’t be able to see and appreciate your profundity and wit.)


Evidence that public education has failed us…..

The number of people who still make decisions based on their horoscopes

The number of people who still think homeopathy works

The number of people who blame genes and big bones for their obesity

The number of people who still think they can drive better when drunk

The number of people who don’t know when to properly use “there”, “their” and “they’re” in a sentence

The number of people completely ignorant of how to use the semicolon

The number of people who still think Iraq was complicit in 911

The number of people who think vaccinations are a government conspiracy

The number of people who believe they are immune to the negative consequences of their smoking

The number of people who feel that a $50 million lottery jackpot is worth their $1 investment, but that a $5 million jackpot is not

The number of people who “couldn’t care less” about this list, but who will nonetheless say that they “could” care less

The number of people who don’t realize that a single line waiting for many bank tellers is more efficient than a single line in front of each bank teller

The number of people who choose to learn current events via Tyra, Oprah and Dr Phil

The number of people who think “Central America” is a continent

The number of people who believe that the laws of physics compel toilet bowls to flush one direction in the Northern hemisphere, and the other direction in the Southern hemisphere

The numer of people who think that Buddha was a fat Chinese man

The number of people who don’t realize that Hindu is a religion and Hindi is a language

The number of people who believe Climate Change is a Socialist conspiracy to steal their SUVs

The number of people who believe that the Apollo moon landings were faked

The number of people who think humans and dinosaurs co-existed…. six thousand years ago

The number of people who believe our species is evolving… “towards” something

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