USA PUBLIC EDUCATION - A SITUATION REPORT
Any Nation's Future Depends On Its Children's Education
Updated March 12, 2020
Please read the entire introduction first. It includes explanations that are very important in order to understand fully what we present.
It is very important to understand that HIGH SCHOOLS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT PIPELINE THAT FEED THE WORKFORCE OF ALL COMPANIES IN ALL INDUSTRIES, ALL GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES, DIRECTLY OR THROUGH VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.
OUR SUCCESS AS A NATION DEPENDS THE MOST ON HOW PROFITABLE AND COMPETITIVE OUR VARIOUS INDUSTRIES ARE IN THE WORLD MARKET WITH THEIR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES AGAINST THE TOP THREE MOST PROFITABLE AND COMPETITIVE FOREIGN INDUSTRIES AND CORPORATIONS IN THE SAME OR SIMILAR FIELDS. BUT THAT DEPENDS ON HOW WELL TRAINED OUR WORKFORCE IS, AND THAT DEPENDS ON HOW WELL OUR HIGH SCHOOLS TRAINED THEIR GRADUATES COMPARED TO THE BEST THREE NATIONS IN SECONDARY SCHOOL PERFORMANCE. THE HIGH SCHOOL OUTPUT IS, COMPARED TO THE BEST COUNTRIES IN SECONDARY EDUCATION IN THE WORLD. WE MUST MAKE SURE THAT PRESCHOOL AND PRIMARY SCHOOL PERFORMANCE IS ALWAYS EXCELLENT TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL ENTRY. FOR HIGH SCHOOL ENTRY, THE PRE SCHOOLS’ AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS’ OUTPUT MUST DELIVER EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE AND THEY MUST NOT BE DEFICIENT IN ANY AREA LIKE THEY ARE TODAY IN READING AND BASIC MATHEMATICS. Our success as a nation depends on the training level and quality of the workforce, because we compete internationally with the best nations in virtually every product and/or service area. The quality of our high school graduates is the most important element in this “education chain,” If they are a failure, it brings down the entire education chain. And that makes or breaks the quality of our workforce in every industry. IF AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES ARE VERY WELL EDUCATED, they will be able to make our products and services more competitive and profitable. ON THE OTHER HAND...if our high schools’ performance is worse than the other countries' high schools with which we compete everywhere including in the USA, our poorly performing high schools weaken our workforces in every industry, our products’ and services’ quality and profitability declines, we make less money, and our country's tax income declines. When that happens, we as a nation must borrow money. And that becomes the national debt.
Our national debt is very high above 23 TRILLION DOLLARS. THE INTEREST WE HAVE TO PAY FOR IT EVERY YEAR IS MANY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. WE COULD USE THAT MONEY BETTER TODAY, THAN HAVING TO PAY INTEREST ON THE NATIONAL DEBT.
We would like to explain something very basic about debt and excessive spending in general.
If you must pay for something right now, but you do not have the money, you can borrow that money. But the amount you must pay back will be higher. The difference is called “interest.” In the future you will end up with less money, because you will have to keep paying interest on the money you borrowed ages ago. That’s not a good thing. Now consider this. You own 100 schools. You are paying for teachers because you need them to teach the children, so that the children know enough to get jobs that pay enough to have a good life. Two things happen as an example. There are 400 people in school system central management, but you need only 40. You have to pay for the 400, but the head of the 400 decides that they have to add 100 more people to management to raise central management to 500 people. And YOU must pay what they decide! And you get hit with another problem. The school graduates normally100 children per year. But 80 of them or 80% cannot get a job, because they cannot read or do basic math. AND you have to pay for everyone in all schools and you have to borrow more money and pay more interest every year. But you the owner of schools do not have enough money, you have to sell your car and buy as replacement a 20-year old Radio Flyer Busy Kiddy Car with pedals. Welcome to an organization that wastes an enormous amount of money, with a very bad management structure that will drive you into poverty. Think about this situation, and think about what you would have to do in the future, to pay off those loans, because the interest payments are so high that you could not keep your car, and have to sell it. Just think about what you would do.
Please look at the graph below. For now concentrate on the three horizontal lines in the middle of the graph, and what they are.
They are 19 years of ACT scores for the USA, Tennessee, and the Knox County school district in Tennessee. These scores are a fact, the real scores for 19 years! Just think about what they tell you. This school district alone is costing us $500 MILLION dollars per year. So Tennessee must be costing what? And how about the entire USA? It appears that 80% of the children will not be able to get a job for more than minimum wage for 3-5 years. Just think about this situation, as we investigate below to find out why, and what we must do.
TO MAKE THE NATIONAL DEBT-RELATED INTEREST PAYMENTS DISAPPEAR, WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO MAKE ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY OFF THAT DEBT. TO MAKE THAT A REALITY, OUR HIGH SCHOOLS MUST GRADUATE FAR BETTER EDUCATED STUDENTS THAN WHAT WE GRADUATE TODAY. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
TODAY OUR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES HAVE AN AVERAGE ACT READINESS (explained below) OF ONLY 24-26% NATIONALLY. THAT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH AND WILL EXPLAIN BELOW WHY. THE SCHOOLS MAY TELL YOU THAT WE ARE DOING FINE. THEY MAY TELL YOU THAT I AM PESSIMISTIC. YOU BE THE JUDGE. ONE THING IS A FACT. TO GO ANYWHERE, INCLUDING ACHIEVING ANYTHING, YOU MUST KNOW HONESTLY AND PRECISELY FIRST, WHERE YOU ARE, WHERE YOU STAND, EXACTLY. WITHOUT THAT YOU CANNOT DECIDE WHAT TO DO AND PLAN THE MONTHLY OR WEEKLY STEPS YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE IN ORDER TO GET TO WHERE YOU WANT TO BE. WE MUST GRADUATE 95%, BUT...WITH ALL GRADUATES “ACT READY”, AND THAT WOULD TAKE AN AVERAGE ACT SCORE AT OR ABOVE 27 IN 2021 . There are several nations that perform better than what ACT 27 represents. But they have excellent controls over education and we have none. For example, their teacher candidates are from the top 10% of Master’s programs in the subject that they would teach. They do not appoint a teacher to be leading a class of students in a subject for which they were not trained. Unfortunately we do. Their personality and IQ is matched to the teaching position to ensure that teaching is what they would love the most as a profession. Then they are under guidance of a senior teacher in that subject who demonstrated success for 12-15 years. WE WILL DESCRIBE BELOW WHY AND HOW THAT CAN BE ACHIEVED. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE ALL UNDERSTAND THAT FIRST.
So that we start improving our workforce everywhere. So that our industries can win more business with higher profits. So that they can pay higher wages and more taxes, wisely. So that we pay down that huge national debt. So that we have the money to IMPROVE LIFE AT HOME, and also to do more good in the world where too much suffering exists.
I remember that around 1970 and before, I saw great demand in about 90 countries for American-made products, IN ANY PRODUCT AREA.
Everyone thought that American products are the best. Obviously they were.
If something changes slowly in our lives, like a 1-5% annual change, we human beings do not notice such a change.
After 1970 we slowly started seeing foreign products that the public liked better. A few years after loosing several products to companies in other countries, we started loosing entire industries to other countries. We became very vocal and blamed the lower wages in those other countries. I saw during my international trips that we were wrong.
Most big winners automated manufacturing much faster than we did. And then I saw that we started losing entire industries, like electronics, heavy machinery, textiles and so on, and we all saw more and more foreign products in the American stores. Decades later I found out that the countries whose products passed ours, started to improve their public education system immediately after WWII. But we did not recognize the fact that we were competing internationally with our products, and losing to other nations. Yet we kept telling our children and to each other that we are the best in the world in everything. AND WE WERE. FOR ABOUT TWO DECADES.
IF YOU DO NOT KEEP YOUR EYE ON YOUR COMPETITORS, BUT THEY KEEP AN EYE ON YOU SO THAT THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DOING, WITH WHAT RESULT, YOU DO NOT STAND A CHANCE. THEY WILL WIN. Someone in our country got us into the habit of telling our children that “Johnny,you will win! Because YOU ARE the best!” That’s like telling the one-legged man that “Johnny, you can win the 100-yard dash at the Olympics, if you believe that you can!” The truth is that you will win, if you study hard and practice a lot to become the best educated, and you always keep learning during your life to be the best. AND ENJOY BEING THE BEST AT WHAT YOU DO.
Not knowing precisely what competitors or opponents are doing, and thinking that you are the best, is a prescription for certain failure. We did and we do exactly that even today. We did not do our homework on foreign competitors and we are not doing it at all even today in a very important area, called public education.
. Many other countries passed us. That explains why our industries’ competitiveness dropped; in fact we lost entire industries to competition (e.g., television, electronics, heavy machinery and others), because the workforces of many other nations became better educated. They started improving in 1946. We have not started improving our education system yet. New technologies always require more education in the workforce AND IN OUR SCHOOLS. The computer industry hit our jobs hard. We are going to experience even bigger technological changes in 2023 with cognitive robotics, nanotechnology and space science, with a huge impact on education.
WHAT IS ACT COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS?
ACT College and Career Readiness (ACT CCR) needs to be understood very clearly. Even college graduates misunderstand it. But school board members and superintendents are intimately familiar with it. So ask them what ACT CCR means. I did! And they said, “Well, what would you like it to mean?” THIS IS WHAT IT MEANS.
The minimum benchmark scores in the table above indicate that the student is only 25% ready in the Benchmark subjects to be passing with one exception: English. For that subject the benchmark score is 18, representing only 8% readiness only, meaning 8% good answers in a 100 question test. But the US education system chose this benchmark for English. Unfortunately it is too low, especially considering that we have been doing very poorly in some states like Tennessee in both reading and English composition for more than 20 years, but it does not seem to matter to decision makers like governors, that we graduate even those who are not ACT Ready. To be specific, we graduate from high school with a diploma three times the number of ACT Ready students WHO ARE NOT ACT READY. About 35-40 years ago the failing score meant that one had 70% or less correct answers on a test. Ten years later the failing point was lowered to 60% or less good answers on a test or groups of tests. TODAY WE MEASURE END OF HIGH SCHOOL READINESS LEVEL OF GRADUATES WITH FIVE BENCHMARK TESTS IN THE ABOVE TABLE. EVERRY TEST THAT ACT DOES IS MEASURED BY A 1-36 SCORING RANGE THAT IS NOT LINEAR. FOR EXAMPLE A 15 ACT SCORE IS EQUAL TO ONLY A 0-2% GOOD ANSWERS ON OUR TYPICAL TESTS. ACT READINESS BENCHMARKS CORRESPONDS TO ONLY 10-25% GOOD ANSWERS ON A TESTS, AND 76-84% OF THE CHILDREN WE GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL WITH A DIPLOMA ARE NOT EVEN ACT READY. THAT MEANS THAT 4 OUT OF 5 CHILDREN WHO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL IN A STATE LIKE TENNESSEE, WITH A DIPLOMA THAT MEANS THAT A CHILD WHO HAD 5% OR LESS ON HIS TESTS GRADUATES FROM HIGH SCHOOL. UNDER THESE CONDITIONS ALMOST ALL THE CHILDREN WHO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL ARE SO POORLY EDUCATED THAT THE OUTCOME WILL BE BE DISASTROUS FOR OUR COUNTRY, CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.
Most of our public schools performed poorly for several decades. If the public schools cannot provide the right level of readiness for our children, then provide the exact prorated expense per student to another school of the parents' or guardian's choice, be it another public school or charter or private school. Public schools are monopolies. In other words, they do not have significant competition and for that reason they do not have to improve. The law and legislators protect public education to continue to do a poor job that will make most, if not all, of our children unable to qualify for a job.
WE NEED TODAY 95% OF OUR CHILDREN GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL WITH A 27 ACT SCORE AVERAGE. EVEN THAT IS BELOW WHAT THE HIGH PERFORMING NATIONS ARE DOING. They score tests not only based on the answers being correct, but you have to also explain how you arrived at the answer, in addition they cover more information than we in every subject, in some of the top twenty countries they have to be fluent in four languages, and to graduate from high school all students must take a matriculation exam covering all subjects required in four years of high school at 90% correct answers.
The Benchmarks show that ACT Readiness is not enough as the minimum requirement for graduation from high school. IT SHOULD LEAVE NO DOUBT THAT WE ARE BEING DUMBED DOWN PURPOSEFULLY. IT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT A FRIEND IS DOING. IT IS AN ENEMY’S WELL THOUGHT OUT PLAN EXECUTED AND ALM OST COMPLETED. IT IS NOT GOOD PERFORMANCE. IT MEANS THAT THE STUDENT HAS A 50-75% CHANCE TO PASS THE SAME FOUR SUBJECTS ONLY ON THE LOWEST FRESHMAN LEVEL IN COLLEGE. THAT IS ALL THAT ACT READINESS IS. It is not enough knowledge to be prepared for the future. The schools tell the parent that ACT calls this "College and Career Readiness (to have a 50-75% chance ONLY to pass ONLY those four specific freshman courses ONLY). But we hand out high school diplomas to not only ACT Ready children but to FOUR TIMES AS MANY CHILDREN WHO ARE NOT EVEN ACT READY! We see that if anyone only sees the words "ACT College and Career Readiness", and does not read the ACT explanation for it, then they will have the wrong idea about what ACT Readiness is. We had to call ACT to verify all this. ACT is in a tough spot. They depend on getting paid for their services for and by THE SCHOOLS. BUT the great majority of schools do a very poor job. The schools have a lot of money, and the legal expenses of the schools are not shown in the schools' budget or expenses. For example, the Knox County, Tennessee school district annual spending is over HALF BILLION DOLLARS. That's more than $500,000,000, and it does not include the legal expenses, or the mortgage expenses. The mortgage liability is another half billion dollars, and the mortgage interest could be close to $25,000,000 additional expense per year. And what do we get for that? 85-90% of the students graduate. Of those who graduated, ONLY 17% are ACT Ready, which is the same as the old F-level performance. The rest of those graduating: 83% of those F students getting a diploma are not even ACT Ready. THAT IS NOT WHAT WE NEED FOR A GOOD FUTURE IN OUR COUNTRY. ACT has another test called STEM ACT, and it requires that the student have a 26 ACT average score. The school system will tell you that STEM ACT is only for those who want a college degree in engineering or science. They also will tell you that "Not all children were created by God for college training, but your child could learn to become very good in a trade and make a very good living." It takes a lot of nerve to deliver such a message, when you graduate from high school close to 90% of a class, and you give a graduation certificate and a high school diploma TO 80% OF THE GRADUATES WHO ARE NOT EVEN ACT READY, AND COULD EVEN HAVE “GRADUATES” WITH ONLY A 5% ACT READINESS! WE ARE VERY SORRY, BUT THIS IS VERY UPSETTING ABOUT THIS SITUATION, BECAUSE THE POOR AND MINORITY STUDENTS' AND THEIR PARENTS DO NOT UNDERSTAND THAT THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IS NOT HONEST WITH THE PUBLIC. THE SCHOOL SYSTEM RAISED THEIR HOPES HIGH, WITH THE COMMENT THAT “NOT ALL STUDENTS ARE CREATED BY GOD FOR COLLEGE, BUT VOCATIONAL EDUCATION WILL PROVIDE A GOOD INCOME.” BUT SOON AFTER THEY GRADUATE, THEIR CHILD WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET A JOB, HANDLE THE DANGEROUS CHALLENGES OF LIFE, TO WHICH THEY WILL HAVE TO ADD UNEMPLOYED FOR LIFE. MOST IF NOT ALL VOCATIONAL JOBS WILL GO TO ROBOTS.
Such inferior education at one of the highest prices in the world for each of our children, will weaken and damage our nation's workforces slowly in all industries. When we damage the work force, they are not able to provide competitive products or services globally as they did before, and income drops. That in turn reduces the nation's tax income as well, destroying the nation's government programs. And that can turn our nation into a third world country. It is very important for everyone to understand that our nation's future existence depends on the education of our children today, who are educated better against the best, well enough to raise the quality of our workforces, our profitability and tax income. Without a dramatic increase in public education, this cannot happen.
- We will show you later in detail how our education declined against foreign competitors. Big impact on national income.
- To better gauge how
far we fell behind in public education please look at two 8th grade
final exams more than 100 years ago:
one is from 1895, and
the other is from 1912. To better see how
far we fell behind in public education please look at two 8th grade
final exams more than 100 years ago:
one is from 1895, and
the other is from 1912. We are showing here how much tougher the 8th grade education and tests were more than 120 years ago. It appears that we did not improve public education enough.
- We will show you that we went from the horse and buggy to the moon in 100 years, but 80% of our public high school graduates today cannot read well, cannot communicate well, can read and write block letters only. They cannot do basic math, cannot even fill out a job application. Are we better educated today than 120 years ago? No single governor, and not a single teachers’ union leader stood up and said openly that “WE CANNOT CONTINUE GRADUATING CHILDREN SO POORLY PREPARED, AFTER ALL, THE PEOPLE’S MONEY IS PAYING YOU THE HIGHEST AMOUNT OF DOLLARS IN THE WORLD FOR EACH CHILD WHILE YOU LIE TO THE PARENTS WITH YOUR SLOGANS THAT CLAIM THAT YOUR SCHOOLS DELIVER “EXCELLENCE TO ALL CHILDREN”! “WE ARE STOPPING ANY INCREASES UNTIL YOU SHOW SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED ACT AND SAT SCORES ANNUALLY FOR THREE YEARS! UNLESS YOU START MANAGING EDUCATION AS WE TELL YOU, AND WE MEASURE CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL PERFORMANCE AGAINST MEASURABLE EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES, AND WE START DELIVERING EXCELLENCE WITH A MINIMUM 10% INCREASE OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR.” Such a change is really not as difficult as it sounds. Just look at what we have been delivering in ACT scores to date without any real monthly objectives, a competitive teacher training and continuous education program, without any measurable objectives and operating plans in every single school, and without any management training and performance-based quality control of superintendents and principals, and with elected boards whose decision making majority does not have the training and experience to make decisions to improve school results, and they all cost a lot of money. It is not the fault of the one-legged 100 meter dash runner that he could not win a single medal. It is the fault of management who picked him.
- VERY IMPORTANT: THERE IS AN OPTIMAL PERIOD IN A PERSON’S AGE FOR LEARNING. IF YOU MISS ANY SUBJECT FOR ANY REASON, AFTER 18-20 YEARS OF AGE IT WILL TAKE AT LEAST TEN TIMES AS MUCH EFFORT TO LEARN THE SAME THING AFTER 20. THE BIGGEST MISTAKE WE MAKE IS NOT MAKING USE OF THE 3-6 YEAR PERIOD’S FAST LEARNING. A CLOSE SECOND IS TEACHING “READING” OR “BASIC MATHEMATICS” VERY POORLY, NOT TEACHING CURSIVE WRITING (pattern analysis), ART AND CLASSICAL MUSIC (decision making) AND ALLOWING CALCULATOR USE AND NOT LEARNING MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION TABLES DAMAGES PATTERN RECOGNITION, CRITICAL THINKING, MENTAL MATHEMATICS AND DECISION MAKING. WE LEAVE DEVELOPMENTAL GAPS IN THE BRAIN, THE EXTENT OF WHICH WE DON’T KNOW YET, BUT IT IS BIG. Talk to a neurologist if in doubt. People at the highest levels in education made some very foolish decisions along the years, or were convinced or forced to do such damaging things. THEY ARE STILL MAKING SUCH POOR DECISIONS, BECAUSE THOSE WHO PRODUCED THE TERRIBLE RESULTS ARE OF THE OPINION THAT THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES WITH THE EXPERTISE TO FIX THE RESULTS. AND WE HEARD THAT STORY FOR DECADES. If we need to make important decisions about a problem like should we teach art and music in school subject, we have to learn and understand several other related subjects also. For example, why learn music? read about the many important benefits for school results and life when learning music at a very early age as part of the curriculum. Why include art in the curriculum’s early years? Read about why art is needed in the curriculum. Much more student training is needed in English, math, and other areas, but the results indicate teacher subject training needs to become much better. As a general fact, US teacher training at our colleges and universities is a problem that reduces effective delivery of any subject, and it poorly prepares our children. This is not the teachers fault. It is the result of poor teacher training at our colleges and universities, and the low-expectation certification of teachers. We found it interesting that while the teacher training became much weaker, other university departments remained high quality. That certainly raises an interesting question, but we found many such questions all of which are targeting and weakening public education. And why learn such fundamental subjects in pre-school to 5th grade? Because the human brain’s ability to learn is the quickest between birth and 6th grade, SLIGHTLY DECLINING BUT STILL GOOD MAKING LEARNING A LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT AS THE YEARS INCREASE. But there is also some indication of benefit to the child’s brain, if the music of classical composers (such as Beethoven’s) is played for the baby before birth. It appears to improve learning compared to those who were not exposed to such music. The young brain develops its areas in order of specific developmental priority, for example “vision” first, then “hearing” second, overlapping and so on. As learning starts slowing, by age 15-18, learning starts becoming more difficult. We will cover more about this further on. We just wanted to show that critical thinking involves the knowledge of the other fields, sometimes many, and it is more important to know other related subjects well instead of teaching critical thinking. Critical thinking is a very important skill in order to make good decisions, but it cannot exist without understanding THE other subjects as well that are related to the problem that one needs to solve. But there are subjects that can relate to most if not all problem solving, like reading and math, the subjects we learn in high school, that we are not teaching well. Our education system is talking about teaching critical thinking in high school. We disagree. One has to teach a lot more with much better results first. AND THEN, CRITICAL THINKING EMERGES AUTOMATICALLY UNDER NORMAL DECISION MAKING.
- IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT NEITHER THE PARENT NOR THE TEACHERS CAN FORCE A CHILD TO LEARN. LEARNING WILL HAPPEN ONLY IF THE CHILD IS EXCITED ABOUT IT AND WANTS TO LEARN A SUBJECT. THAT DEPENDS ON THE TEACHERS’ PERSONALITY, LEVEL OF SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE, LOVE OF THE SUBJECT THE TEACHERS TEACH, A DESIRE AND DECISION TO LEARN ALWAYS HOW TO PRODUCE BETTER RESULTS, AND THE FRIENDLINESS OF THE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WILL ENABLE ROBOTS TO BECOME OUTSTANDING TEACHERS BY MATCHING THE TEACHING METHODOLOGY TO THE CHILD IN AN OPTIMUM WAY, AND ALL SUCH ROBOTS COULD "LEARN” ANYTHING NEW IN A FEW SECONDS WITH A SIMPLE DOWNLOADED UPDATE. THE POOR PERFORMANCE OF OUR SCHOOLS IS ACCELERATING SUCH DEVELOPMENTS, THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE BY 2013-2014, ENORMOUSLY ACCELERATING HOME LEARNING, COUPLED WITH VERY SECURE TESTING. THE LAB PORTION OF SCIENCE COURSES CAN BE SIMULATED PERFECTLY AS PART OF THE COURSE.
- The standard for high school graduation rate must be to teach all students, who are not totally learning-disabled to a level where they cannot learn enough, to be able to earn a good living. The graduation rate we need today to be competitive is 95% with an average ACT score of 27. It seems too high isn't it? That is where we were as a nation about 50 years ago relative our international competitors. When you are low in school performance or anything, the normal competitive level appears to be too high. It isn't too high. ACT 27 performance is below the top ten countries in education, some of whom have an average at the equivalent of ACT 30-31. We should be graduating 95% of those children who entered our high schools at ACT 27, much better educated than we do today. We graduate ONLY 5% OF OUR SCHOOL CHILDREN AT THAT LEVEL INSTEAD OF 95%. WE GRADUATE 84% OF HIGH SCHOOL CHILDREN IN TENNESSEE WHO ARE NOT EVEN “ACT READY” (ACT 21-22 average and below). MOST CANNOT READ WELL, MOST CAN READ AND WRITE BLOCK LETTERS ONLY. MOST CANNOT DO THE SIMPLEST MATH MENTALLY (I MET THREE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES WHO COULD NOT SUBTRACT 23 FROM 50) WITHOUT A CALCULATOR. MOST CANNOT FILL OUT JOB APPLICATIONS. THE SCHOOL SYSTEM SHOULD NOT GRADUATE A SINGLE PERSON LIKE THAT, BUT THEY GRADUATE MANY. IS THIS ALL RIGHT? WHAT IS THE EFFECT OF SUCH PERFORMANCE? We will show you two eight grade tests that are more than 120 years old. Few high school graduates could pass it today. It appears, that in some important areas, most of our high school graduates cannot perform as well mentally as our children did more than 120 years ago.
- We were all newborn babies starting our lives. We were educated, had jobs to be self-supporting. Most of us had children, and decades later we retired and died. Then the next generation took over, to create a better future for them all. If the public education system is good, the children will be well educated. ONLY THEN CAN WE PROSPER AS A COUNTRY.
If the public education is NOT good, the children will be poorly educated. The poor education weakens the nation’s workforce. That in turn weakens our industries against the almost 40 countries that passed us in high school mathematics. A less educated workforce weakens the products and services of the nation’s industries.
All nations compete in the world with each other. When your products are less competitive, you sell less, and that decreases the national income and poverty grows in that nation. All this depends on how good a nation’s public education is. That is how a nation’s future is created, by our babies of “yesterday.”
WE HAVE A VERY HIGH, FAST GROWING POVERTY RATE. Our children’s future depends on the quality of our leaders and workers today, and their quality depends on their parents, their health from conception on, their upbringing, their value system AND EDUCATION, both in and out of school during their entire life.
A healthy baby is born with about 100,000,000,000 brain cells called neurons. Many neurons start interconnecting from birth in specific functional areas such as vision, hearing, emotions, feelings, math, reading, stress and so on. Stress can be destructive to brain cells. For this reason the education system in Finland designed a very effective teaching methodology that produces very high results in all minorities as well (gypsies, Lapp tribes and African immigrants) by end of high school. This is how learning improves brain functionality. You can read more about it by clicking here.
Our ability to learn depends on how our brain develops during pregnancy and especially from birth onward. What IS amazing is that our political leaders AND THOSE WHO MANAGE PUBLIC EDUCATION AT VARIOUS LEVELS are denying that our public education is very poor, but we know that income is approximately proportional to education achieved, AND THAT IS THE REASON FOR THE FAST INCREASE IN POVERTY. But our political leaders blame the low school performance on poverty.
WE HAVE NEWS FOR THEM! LOOK AT THE ACT CHARTS RIGHT HERE! LOOK AT WHAT ACT READINESS MEANS RIGHT HERE!
WHAT KIND OF LEADERSHIP ALLOWS SUCH POOR RESULTS TO GO ON FOR THE PUBLIC’S MONEY FOR 19 YEARS?! They are very smart people. They would know what to do. But they do not. Something or some group is controlling them.
WE SPENT AND WE SPEND THE MOST MONEY IN THE WORLD PER STUDENT FOR THOSE 19 YEARS, AND LIKELY MUCH LONGER! WHY when the results are so bad that 80% of today’s high school graduates are not trainable, when we graduate children who could not decide what change I should get back if I am paying $23.00 with as $50.00 bill. Just had this experience with not one but three high school graduates at a market. THAT SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN. And it is getting more frequent.
WHY ARE WE SPENDING THE MOST MONEY IN THE WORLD PER STUDENT FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION? TO HAVE THE POOR PUBLIC EDUCATION THAT IS CREATING THE FAST GROWING POVERTY IN THE USA?! Just look at the impressions we are creating worldwide.
HOW CAN THE MOST ADVANCED NATION ALLOW SUCH POOR SCHOOL PERFORMANCE?
HOW CAN THE LEADERSHIP OF BOTH PARTIES IGNORE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DECLINING PUBLIC SCHOOL PERFORMANCE THAT IS SO LOW THAT IT GUARANTEES UNEMPLOYMENT FOR LIFE TO 80% OR MORE OF OUR CHILDREN AND WHAT WILL THAT DO TO THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY IN JUST A FEW YEARS?
It is amazing how a totally dumb answer can come out from the education leadership to attempt to cover up the poor job that they are doing. But that begs for an answer to another question: "WHY DID PAST PRESIDENTS OF THE COUNTRY TOLERATE SUCH A POOR EDUCATIONAL PERFORMANCE FOR THE HIGHEST PRICE IN THE WORLD PER STUDENT? AND WHY DO WE ALLOW THEM TO KEEP DOING IT?
WHY IS IT THAT IF WE WRITE TO OUR GOVERNORS ASKING FOR ANSWERS TO OUR QUESTIONS ABOUT PUBLIC EDUCATION MULTIPLE TIMES, BUT WE CANNOT GET A SINGLE ANSWER FROM ANYONE?"
Fast connections form during the first three years of a child, in basic functions like vision, hearing, speech and so on. Then other most advanced areas start interconnecting and forming at a slightly slower rate with timing depending on the specific developmental sequence of the functional areas within the brain. By the end of the third year of life 15,000 neuronal interconnections have taken place by each single neuron, and the baby has 100 billion neurons! That is 1,500,000,000,000,000 interconnections in only 3 years! The rate of neuronal interconnections start slowing more around six years of age, but it is still increasing at a high rate. The areas of the brain that have to do with vocational preference will not be ready until age 18-20.
The slower these interconnections are forming, THE SLOWER WE LEARN. If a child does not learn to read by grade 4, learning becomes harder and the child is not likely to learn later. The chances are that being a poor reader will become a handicap for life. Not being a good reader will make learning anything more difficult. Things we do not do well or at all, like mental math, reading and writing script, basic math, reading, and other things, we are to learn when learning is easier, because if we do not learn it then, it will become much more difficult to learn later when the neuronal interconnections’ formation becomes 10-20 times slower.
That makes pre-school between the ages of 3 and 6 a very important period to start learning. The emphasis needs to be on games introducing very basic things in math and science in public pre-school. Also art and music that we discontinued in the USA, develop most right hemisphere neuronal interconnections that are very important for critical thinking and decision making. Learning is much easier during these early years and start getting more difficult between fifteen and twenty years of age, depending on specific areas of the brain that cover the same function, like hearing, seeing, mathematics, and so on.
Unfortunately, things like allowing the use of calculators in school, graduating more than 80% of our children who are not even ACT Ready, and not teaching subjects like art and music, reading well and so on, create lasting disabilities that will create big problems for the child during the adult years.
Graduating many children who cannot communicate, will create significant problems for those children for the rest of their lives. We would urge parents to supplement the children's public education, by getting some of the excellent tutorials that are available on the Internet to bring the children's knowledge up in reading, writing, all pre-calculus mathematics and chemistry as well as physics, before they graduate from high school. The more they learn now, the better their future will be. If they do not learn enough now, they will not do it later when learning is more difficult. ALL SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE WE HAVE TO LEARN IN LOWER GRADES ARE VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THEY ARE PREREQUISITES FOR FURTHER LEARNING.
The public noticed since 1995 that high school graduates
who worked operating a cash register, could not make change or do
any mental mathematics if the cash register lost power. This was the result of governors and state education managers deciding to allow the use of calculators in school. This decision ignored the necessity of mental mathematics developing, limiting the formation of some neuronal interconnections in children's brains.
In other words the use of calculators at an early age prevented some brain cell connections to be formed, reducing the brain's ability to perform some brain functions in mathematics.
Today, 25 years later, according to employers and college professors and ACT: nationally more than 74% of high school graduates (Tennessee 83%) cannot read and write well enough, and don't know enough
basic math. They read and write only block letters, cannot fill out job
applications and have a bad attitude on the job.
The overly optimistic opinion of the school performance by teachers and principals and superintendents to “encourage” BOTH STUDENTS and parents are welcome - if they are telling the truth. This is what happened. As a result of the “saving children’s self-esteem” movement about 40 years ago, the schools/teachers/principals told minority children and their parents, that “All children are not created by God for college education, but little Johnny will learn a trade, and will do well.” Then little Johnny graduated from high school poorly prepared and was accepted for a job. But he could not do anything and thought that he just has to go to work on time. Supervisors and other employees became very unfriendly, and he started hating his job because most people in every company “treated him badly”. It was the school that created the problem both for the employer and for the employee. This has been happening on a large scale. All of this is a symptom of a huge negative impact on the brain development of a child at a time when the brain cell (neuronal) interconnections are NOT being formed for life in specific functional areas.
The following is a very interesting area. Imagine the body as if it was a huge computer system with billions of high speed computers everywhere. On the “outer side of the body”, in the “sensors”, like the eyes, the ears, the skin, the finger tips and so on, the computers do something called pattern recognition at very high speed, and they send the results to a specific area of the brain for “final decision” and action. Groups of neuronal interconnections take place in very specific areas of the child's brain as a result.
Recreational drugs present in the mother’s body 90 DAYS BEFORE SHE BECOMES PREGNANT and malnutrition DURING PREGNANCY will reduce the number of neurons a baby has at birth. Various groups of neurons are specific to do certain talents or jobs. “If you don’t use it you lose it” applies. You have to keep using your brain to solve the most difficult problems and learn the difficult subjects, become the best AND EASIEST learning happens when your brain is flexible enough - when you are young.
One could say that brain cell INTERCONNECTION ACTIVITY is LEARNING, and one could think of the already formed neuronal interconnections as KNOWLEDGE itself. Learning music and art interconnects neurons between the two hemispheres of the brain, and also within the right hemisphere. Not having these courses in school has a big negative impact on critical thinking and decision making within the child for life. Not teaching to read and write script, and we graduate children without reading well enough has a similar impact plus it handicaps learning itself. Teaching less in most subjects during the school years also has a similar impact. The formation of neuronal interconnections starts slowing down in the brain around 20 years of age and keeps decreasing, unless the young person studied hard and received the best grades always. But if he or she did not, it becomes an impossibility to learn all the things that he or she did not learn at an early age. That is why learning becomes much more difficult as we age. Talk to a neurologist to verify these facts, read books written by them. We use only 4-6% of our brain “wired” or interconnected. Einstein used 8%. CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW FANTASTIC LIFE COULD BE FOR THOSE WHO COULD LEARN ENOUGH TO INCREASE INTERCONNECTIONS IN THEIR BRAIN JUST TEN MORE PERCENT? It is very unfortunate that our public education is doing the opposite.
American poverty grew to the second highest in the world. Education Management will tell you that “Children in poverty cannot perform well” as THE REASON for poor school performance. That is NOT TRUE. Success Academy Schools, a charter school chain in New York City produces much better results than public schools and most private schools in New York (with New York state being the 5th best performer in US education) WITH POOR, BLACK, INNER CITY CHILDREN! Poor school performance is not the result of poverty. POVERTY IS THE RESULT OF POOR EDUCATION. It is not the result of parents not doing what they "should". The parents that do not, simply cannot. Where poverty rules we will not find a lot of well educated people. We spoke to many parents in poor inner city areas. The most common story we heard in such areas was “I did not finish high school. When he found out that I was pregnant with his child, he disappeared. Since then I had to work my fingers to the bone every day, and I am just too tired to look after my little Johnny.” They were not fortunate enough to get a good education. AND OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT GETTING A BETTER EDUCATION YET, EXCEPT FOR FAMILIES THAT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY. AND ENOUGH MONEY COMES ONLY AS A RESULT OF GOOD EDUCATION.
It is not the result of bad teachers. It is the result of declining teacher training programs everywhere in the US, management people in education who never had management training and cannot solve management problems. Very interesting that while we found the teaching major curriculum in colleges deteriorating, no other college program for a different major declined. As a result, K-12 teacher turnover is sky high, teachers are not treated well in the most important job on which our future depends, AND WE ARE NOT RECOGNIZING THE PROBLEM. THAT IS THE RESULT OF OUR SCHOOLS HAVING DUMBED DOWN THE PUBLIC OVER MORE THAN THE LAST 50 YEARS.
THIS cannot be accidental. Talk to a doctor called a neurologist if you do not believe what we write about brain development impact. Was this all part of a state effort to make school report cards look good to everyone as our children's knowledge was actually decreased? It certainly looks that way. Unless it was the objective to have the population dumbed down so far that they will not realize what is happening until nothing can be done about it. Very sad.
Why can't we fix the public school
performance without dumbing down the children? We are one of the highest spenders per student in the world. That means that more money is not the solution. That means that money is being spent in the wrong places in the school budgets and on unqualified “friends” that they promote from within or hire. That means that our standards are not increasing but decreasing and are based on our staying "qualified" to spend the high budgets. Success in the education of our children only comes if our standards are based on the COMPETITION, the top five countries in education. They are not. This is the biggest contributor to OUR teacher turnover being the highest in the world. And that points to poor, untrained management. Not more money. Most of our schools are not fun places to work or learn. They are boring to the students for six hours a day. I sat in on many classes in 16 school districts. We should not call them schools. "Failure Factories" would be a more appropriate name as you will see later.
AMERICAN EDUCATION HAS BEEN DECLINING FOR A VERY LONG TIME.
THE QUALITY OF
EDUCATION DEPENDS 100% ON THE GOVERNOR OF EACH STATE IN THE USA.
The governors decide and hire the head of their department of education who will report to the governor hiring him/her. Looking at the states that use ACT scores (59% of USA high school graduates), the average ACT scores are very poor in those states. That means that governors are hiring the wrong people for their departments of education or preventing them from doing the right things. This huge problem exists in the USA Department of Education, the state Education Departments, and in all 13,500 school districts nationwide.
Normally organizations would hire people who have a history of demonstrated success. The problem is that when performance is poor, as it is today, too much effort goes into making performance look good, when it is not good. Since it is the public’s money that is paying one of the highest amounts per student in the world, what percentage of ACT Readiness would be reasonably acceptable to the public? Since ACT Readiness is a very minimal measure of what percentage of readiness should be acceptable for high school graduates, we feel that no child should be graduated from high school, if they are not ACT Ready. We also feel that 95% of students who entered high school, should be educated well enough to be ACT Ready upon graduation. In public education, this important fact is ignored and political behavior rules. Example: A person who was never even a school principal and never managed more than 50 people, was backed by the wealthiest family in the state, and was hired as superintendent to improve the performance of 89 schools with 8,000 employees. He befriended the principal of the lowest performing high school who was teaching physical education before he was promoted to principal. He could not improve the extremely low performance of his high school over 6 years (ACT Readiness only 6%) and the superintendent promoted him to manage all 89 schools to improve their performance. For 8 years the 89 schools performance did not improve, but they graduated 88% of the children, and 4 out of 5 children are getting a diploma who are not prepared to get any job. The entire state of Tennessee is even worse.
Employees MUST have a clear understanding of what the organization’s objective is, and exactly why they have to focus on specific things they have to achieve. By the way, in management "goals” and “objectives" are different. They must be measurable, as a number, they must be the key indicator of success or failure. No one has such objectives in the USA Department of Education, in any state Education Department, or in the school districts. NOT ONE! The difference between goals and objectives is that objectives are for the current fiscal year, measured monthly and must be planned so that one achieves them. A goal on the other hand has to do with what one is planning to achieve in 5-6 years. There is no such planning.
Management must hire employees who are well educated to do the job and who will be happy to do their best in their job. That is also a very important task for which management training is necessary and the potential employee’s qualification and past performance must be tested.
What you must not have is the opposite - no specific measurable objectives and everyone just works the same way based on what they think is best. That is exactly what we do in education today to produce the bad results.
The organization needs monthly objectives in writing for every single operating unit, in this case every single school, and an operating plan for each such unit that details in writing with mutual agreement between bosses and employees who work for them, what the MONTHLY objectives are.
Such plans then are consolidated for the individual school districts, and they are consolidated for the state and the states are consolidated for the country.
If an organization has less than 100 employees, and if the top manager is very well organized and educated, he or she may be able to focus all employees to ensure that a plan is clearly understood by everyone about what the employees must achieve in clear measurable terms, that cannot be misunderstood.
Objectives must be measurable preferably in numbers so that they cannot be misunderstood. The objective must be a key indicator of success or failure for individual supervisors, or managers. If such an objective is not met monthly, then it is the boss of the manager or supervisor who has to decide if there were circumstances that could not be met and why, in writing. When you do not have such objectives in writing, then no one is going to focus on improvement, and people just come to work and they do the same thing every day, the same way, and performance will not change.
We were shocked to find that the objectives used by school districts, states or even the US Department of Education, sound very nice but are unmeasurable. An objective or goal must be a key indicator of success or failure, and it must be measurable. The objectives or goals used in education are neither a key indicator of success or failure, nor measurable. How do you plan operationally and financially? HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU SUCCEEDED OR NOT?
IF IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLAN THAT WAY. YOU WILL CONTINUE TO FAIL, AS WE HAVE FOR MANY DECADES, YEAR-AFTER-YEAR.
REMEMBER THIS! Every single year the education system told us that “WE KNOW WHAT TO DO, AND WE WILL INCREASE OUR PERFORMANCE NEXT YEAR FOR SURE!” It never, repeat NEVER happened, and never will without major change in how all the employees work. Performance is always mirroring how all employees work from the top on down. If one wants to increase performance because it is too low, one has to change the focus of all employees from the top down, and the way one can achieve that most effectively is with monthly objectives on all supervisory and management employees, that contribute to achieving the organizational main objective at year-end. The US Education Department in its objectives specifically excludes any method used in business, that is totally incorrect. The method we described is management by objectives, and it applies to all organizations that are under performing. It is not needed in education when both teachers and managers are highly trained to the extent that teachers can operate totally independently and all of them can deliver 90%+ results, as Finland operates. When we deliver nationally one of the worst results among the industrialized nations in education, the education system itself is proving every single year that they cannot improve. If they cannot show significant annual improvement of 10% when they are that low, one cannot recover by taking the education system’s advice, and the standards and management systems must be changed as we are describing very firmly, without arguments. In addition, without measuring GPA performance in the classrooms and schools WHO ARE PRODUCING THE RESULTS, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO DELIVER GOOD RESULTS. If we do not have an objective that is THE KEY INDICATOR of educational SUCCESS OR FAILURE, we cannot succeed. The objective must be an ACT or SAT average that is 10% higher than the one achieved the year before, and also a MONTHLY GPA average in every school, similarly 10% above the previous year, all of which could be or should be generated automatically, including the objectives themselves. If that does not exist, the ship of education is totally LOST. IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU ARE AT ANY TIME, YOU CANNOT REACH ANY TARGET OR DESTINATION OR OBJECTIVE. In addition, since it is the schools that produce the results, an operating plan needs to exist for each school that shows the measurable objectives of each supervisory and management person MONTHLY, that is important for the GPA achievement. If we do not have that in ANY TYPE OF ORGANIZATION with the key indicator of positive or negative performance, it is not only an AIMLESS SHIP, BUT IT IS SINKING WITH OUR CHILDREN ABOARD IN THE CASE OF EDUCATION, WHILE THE “CAPTAIN” IS TELLING EVERYONE THAT “EVERYTHING IS FINE, EVERYONE IS DOING A GOOD JOB, WE ARE HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION”. And that is the only news that the public is getting, who is paying for this “cruise” for their children THE HIGHEST RATE IN THE WORLD. No organization can be other than a failure without having such measurable monthly objectives and operating plans for the same fiscal year. WITHOUT MAJOR CHANGES, there is no possibility of improving the poor results we have with such huge mistakes at all levels in public education. When you do not plan with such detail, you are actually planning to fail.
The performance reviews must be based on meeting the measurable objectives. It is viewed as very difficult, very high and IMPOSSIBLE at first. It looks that way only to those who are poor performers. We said before that when a long poorly performing organization that had no measurable objectives to meet, no operating plans to focus everyone on what needs to be achieved, looks at itself, and they feel that they are good, what choice does anyone have? AND THEY FAIL EVERY YEAR. Management must explain clearly why we have to do this: past results for decades were bad. Why? Because people slip back into their comfort zone, which is bad performance in this case. So we must change. If we keep working the same way, our children will be replaced by robots. Use incentives. Improve teachers and principals and help them become experts of a new way, because the old way does not work, and will not work. Like always, good people rise to high expectations, and in a couple of years you will have performance like you could never imagine before. Poor employees do not want to change. When we experienced bad results for decades, or for even two years, why did the failing management and workers deserve an open forum? We have been allowing this situation to destroy a very large percentage of our children’s AND OUR COUNTRY’S FUTURE. IF GOVERNORS CANNOT DO BETTER AS A GROUP, SHOULD WE JUST TURN A BLIND EYE TO THAT? Change is inevitable. IF YOU CANNOT GO WITH THE CHANGE, YOU PERISH.
When people are not trained even to know only this much about management, they cannot succeed.
When it comes to spending, you see specific numbers, however, spending that has not been planned with similar monthly detail about what CORRECTIVE ACTIONS NEED TO BE DONE WITH A SENSE OF URGENCY TO MAKE MAJOR CHANGES TO OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM, to eliminate the high failure rate and overspending.
Such poor results as we have, guaranteed to happen without having the right management talent without management education and experience at all levels. They were dumbed down and are directed from the top nationally by similarly “prepared” political management. The method OF MANAGEMENT BY OBJECTIVES has been developed, tried and worked well since WWII.
Public opinion can be manipulated with “educating” the public, while dumbing down the public. Lenin of Russia started this method by frequently preaching that “If we tell people a lie a thousand times, they will accept it as truth!”. This method has been used for a long time by leaders before Lenin, BUT EVEN MORE SO TODAY and with lies.
Another example: The majority of a school board hires a superintendent with a $300K salary because someone with high influence recommended the person. The candidate never managed a single school, he was jumping around in different jobs, never managed more than 50 people, and in the new job, he has to improve the results of 89 schools, with 8,000 employees. Such a person will not improve anything because he was not trained for it in management and has never done it. He also misrepresented a few things on his resume and the school board believed the headhunter’s background check who was receiving a $130k commission for him. Somebody kept organizing constant flag-waving in public to raise his image for the first three years, to elevate his public image, calling the candidate a “miracle maker” in the newspaper, a “saint”, and this “celebration” went on for 3-4 years without saying anything about his poor results. And he even received a plaque naming him the best superintendent in the state from a group. But the man’s results were poor, and through the newspaper his image created is that of a saint who is a genius. We are mentioning this to show how the public can be manipulated. Our children’s future depends on such people, and no one raised the most important question about “how are the student results improving?”. Always focus on the improvement in the results, his past results for 5 years before he is interviewed, and ask the tough questions. Our children’s future depends on it. BUT WE FAIL TO DO THAT AND STAND UP FOR IT.
Well qualified people do not like such a poor environment as can be found in most school districts and leave within a few years at most. I believe that it is vital for us as a nation to investigate public education using forensic audits and other methods to see where money goes, and the quality and personality fit to education/teaching and education level of people compared to the best performers in the world. Create new laws to punish behaviors that have been and are producing the bad results and to undertake such action totally disconnected from the existing public education, but with full access to their records. We no longer have the time and option to make modest changes in the right direction, and no nation can survive without a competitively educated population any more. Our very survival depends on it.
As we just explained, the number of employees increase above 100 under a manager, the more management knowledge compared to “product” knowledge (e.g., teaching experience) is needed by that manager. If the top manager works in a poorly performing industry such as education, the top manager such as a state or school district superintendent should come from the best performing country or industry to improve performance. Anyone who is excellent, will quit within two years a poorly performing organization OR WILL BECOME AS BAD AS THEY ARE.
ALL GOVERNORS PROMISE TO FIX EDUCATION WHILE RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR. WHAT DO THEY HAVE TO DO? RAISE THE ACT AND SAT SCORES (DEPENDS ON THE STATE). These tests are the indicator of how much our children have learned. But after
the election, they spend more money but no changes are made within the education district to raise our children's ACT results. The ACT is the national test that shows how much the children have learned from grade one to twelve. state tests are not reliable because state education departments change the scoring system to show higher grades with less knowledge. We wrote to the previous governor of Tennessee (2011-2018) seven times; not one reply from anyone. Look at the ACT performance in the chart during his years. We wrote to the current governor in 2019 four times, identifying problems and suggesting solutions for them. Again, not a single response.
- NO ONE IMPROVED THE DETERIORATING TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMS AT OUR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AND THAT IS A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO OUR PUBLIC EDUCATION PROBLEM. Teachers enter the teaching program with the best of intentions. They believe that the teachers college meets an appropriate curriculum and rigor. They assume that the state certification also ensures that the teachers are trained to an internationally competitive level, because we have been competing internationally for decades. They also believe that the teachers work environment and respect is at a professional level. UNFORTUNATELY, none of that is true. Read here about the facts reported by other organizations. That is why such a high percentage of teachers, 6% leave the profession every year.
- It would be very important for our teacher colleges at universities, to improve the teaching programs aggressively. Professors already complained for more than a decade about how poorly prepared the american students are and the huge difference between the american and foreign students in performance. The american public schools are guaranteed the funding regardless of performance. But the colleges and universities need tuition income to survive. If our high schools do not improve, the universities will have to lower their academic standards to survive (allowing lower and lower prepared students accepted with marginal success because the neuronal interconnection rate slowed down making learning ten times more difficult than in the first five grades leaving a gap in brain development for life), and load their curriculum with years of remedial programs. Will that help? Yes, but not enough. That is why it is very important to ensure excellence in learning, every year from preschool on when learning is much easier. Teachers' colleges also need to improve the selection criteria for teachers. the high performing countries in education hire from the top ten percent of students who completed a bs/ba and master’s program in the subject that they would teach, and pass a psychological assessment to ensure that the teacher candidate is an excellent match for teaching.
- The school districts waste a lot of money. For example, many of them graduate most children from high school with reading problems. If one wants good results, first investigate the internet for the best training tools and methods for reading. Then find on the Internet the schools that produce the best reading results in the world. Visit them, sit in on classes that teach reading and observe/learn how they do it. Before you hire anyone, you must know first how to do the job very well. How can anyone select a potential employee who will be successful in the job, without the hiring manager knowing how to do the job in an excellent manner? That is impossible, but we keep doing it, we spend millions and the reading problem goes unsolved. “We will hire a consultant. They would know.” How can you tell that the consultant knows what to do? Again, we hire people who know nothing, unless we learn how the best schools in the world teach reading first. But we don’t learn first how to teach reading. And that is just plain stupid. YOU DO NOT HIRE PEOPLE ON THE K-12 LEVEL WHEN YOU, HIS/HER BOSS, HAVE NO CLUE HOW TO DO HIS/HER JOB IN AN OUTSTANDING MANNER. People become consultants, because they cannot get a job. Can they help you? Some cannot, some want to impress you enough to be hired by you. Will some or many consultants be learning how to teach students to read when you thought they are experts of already? Sure. Will you get your money’s worth? ONLY IF YOU DO FIRST WHAT WE ARE SUGGESTING. ONLY IF YOU RESEARCH AND LEARN FIRST WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ALREADY: AND THAT IS HOW TO TEACH CHILDREN HOW TO READ, OR HOW TO DO BASIC MATH. AND THE METHOD OF HIRING AN “EXPERT” IS ONLY ONE WAY OF HOW WE CREATE EXTREMELY BLOATED CENTRAL MANAGEMENT IN ALMOST ALL OF THE 13,400 SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN THE USA, BECAUSE WE WERE TOO LAZY TO LEARN IT OURSELVES. SUCH FRIVOLOUS HIRING IS ONE OF SEVERAL METHODS SCHOOL DISTRICTS USE TO SOLVE MISSING KNOWHOW, THAT SHOULD NOT EXIST. THAT IS HOW THE CENTRAL MANAGEMENT OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS BECOME TEN TIMES LARGER THAN WHAT THEY SHOULD BE.
- Teaching is known among college students as the easiest degree to obtain. So, they switch to teaching if they cannot or do not want to work hard enough. In the US teaching programs, they teach the teaching college student a little about 5-6 subjects. In the US schools it is not uncommon to switch a teacher to a class with a subject that the teacher knows nothing about. Who loses? The student. Among the high performing nations in education, they hire a teacher candidate from the top 30% (some countries from the top 10%) of the master's program for the one subject that they will teach from 4th grade on up. They never turn a class over to a teacher who is not fully trained for that subject.
- No one reduced the massive paperwork that eliminates teacher preparation time for their classes.
- We are literally choking teacher performance in many ways. Lack of money is always a superficial reason. They have 6-8 TIMES MORE people in central management than what is normal. When you do not have real measurable objectives, the place with the highest salaries gets stuffed with friends. If you fired them all, there would be no change in the low performance. All that extra money should be invested in making the teachers more effective. They create the results! But when the superiors and colleagues treat you like the lowest factory worker because there is no real well-trained management presence, how can teachers be happy?
- 8% of American teachers leave their schools for another school every year. An additional 8% leaves the profession every year. A total of 16% leaves their jobs is the national USA average; extremely high. Employee turnover is very expensive. Declining performance, decision to leave, time to find a new teacher and training the teacher to be productive (most new teachers are inexperienced just out of college) costs a school system more than one year's salary with overhead expenses. The skill level is in decline because the new teachers are inexperienced college grads who leave teaching within 7 years to be replaced by inexperienced teachers, BECAUSE SUPERINTENDENTS IN EDUCATION ARE UNTRAINED IN MANAGEMENT. This is part of the real big problem, which is lack of real management training, part of which is the need for measurable objectives and operating plans to make sure that your results are on target every month, instead of not having them and you get surprised by bad results at year end.
- The teachers' unions are of no help in the above areas to teachers, and that damages our children's education.
- Teaching is a very important and unique job. For someone to be a good teacher they require several unique personality traits and a high I.Q., yet we do not test to qualify potential teachers before acceptance into teaching programs.
- IN TENNESSEE, schools are to achieve a 90% graduation rate with a 21 ACT score that is too low. Such a score represents only a 20% readiness or subject knowledge, and 80% of those we graduate cannot even achieve the very simple ACT Readiness. Schools need to achieve a 80% ACT readiness rate! That means an average 27 ACT score. Quite a few countries are performing above that level.
- The 90% graduation drive puts enormous pressure on teachers and management during the last month of the school year to pass as many children as possible. There have been lawsuits about advancing children prematurely and pressuring teachers to pass children, but there are many who need their jobs and will not report such actions.
These are just a few things that happen in most of our schools. More later - unfortunately.
Our average ACT scores are stuck in a bad performance area because too many children, the great majority are not educated well enough to learn any job, and the state of Tennessee gives them a diploma! The qualification the state of Tennessee sets for a diploma is a low 21 average ACT score. ACT Readiness (the percentage of a four-subject ACT benchmark) by ACT itself indicates that either an individual student or a group of students know only 20% of the four benchmark subjects to qualify for an ACT 21 score. The education establishment constantly talks about high expectations, excellence for all children, and providing a world-class education for our children. I checked and we have the lowest performance in the industrialized world. When they have a low expectation goal of ACT 21 score achievement, and cannot even reach that, that obviously means that they have no confidence in knowing how to plan for better results and MAKE THEM HAPPEN. They do not even know where they should be to make 80% of the four benchmarks subjects known, and what teacher qualification and student curriculum would be needed to be at 80% ACT Readiness. We investigated that internationally and can tell you that a minimum 27 average ACT score would be required TODAY. We also explain further on exactly what objectives and annual operating plans would be needed, along with the qualifications needed by key personnel to achieve them.
PEOPLE RISE TO HIGH EXPECTATIONS, AND MEASURABLE MONTHLY OBJECTIVES AND OPERATING PLANS THAT ARE A STRETCH, COVERING ALL MANAGERS’ AND SUPERVISORS’ MONTHLY OBJECTIVES TO FOCUS THE ENTIRE ORGANIZATION. PEOPLE MOSTLY IGNORE LOW OBJECTIVES, THEY KEEP WORKING EXACTLY THE SAME WAY AS BEFORE, AND THE RESULTS WILL BE THE SAME AS BEFORE. Under our previous grading system, knowing less than 60% of a subject was a huge FAILURE or “F”, AND A STUDENT COULD NOT GRADUATE AND GET A DIPLOMA THEN, UNLESS ALL OF THE COURSES THEY TOOK IN HIGH SCHOOL SCORED HIGHER THAN 60%! BUT TODAY WE GRADUATE THEM IF THEY SCORE AT 20% (THE READINESS AT ACT 21)! For 15 years Tennessee’s Department of Education selected that low score as the goal that we could not reach and had a slogan on letters and everywhere that was a huge lie: “EXCELLENCE FOR ALL CHILDREN!”. LENIN, THE FAMOUS COMMUNIST HAD A FAVORITE SAYING: “IF YOU LIE TO THE PEOPLE A THOUSAND TIMES, THEY ACCEPT IT AS TRUTH.” Sadly, we do that very well. The charts show no improvement. The public schools are dumbing our children down. But one hears lots of excuses, false positive statements to the public, blaming others and playing political games and the truth about public schools remains elusive. Our education dropped to the bottom of the industrialized nations. Clearly parents have to learn how to separate truth from fiction.
WE THE PEOPLE MUST STAND UP TO GET A MUCH BETTER EDUCATION SYSTEM FOR OUR MONEY! We have been paying one of the highest rates for public education in the world, and our education results have been one of the worst in the industrialized world for many years. We deserve better for our country's survival. And we deserve far better for our children since we were and are paying for it, while public education lied about how our children were doing. It was easy for them to mislead the poor and uneducated especially, while the public education systematically increased our poverty to the second highest in the world by poorly educating our children for decades. We are only asking for fairness for our children to ensure a bright future for them, our states and our country.
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND IS WHAT A CHILD WILL NEED TO KNOW BY HIS/HER HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION IN ORDER TO MAKE A REASONABLE LIVING. We have several important new technologies coming and that ALWAYS raises employer requirements in employee education. We are already behind with high school graduates, requiring two years of remedial training. Teacher morale is bad, but the schools produce a multiple choice guided survey that shows morale is good. Such a morale survey is invalid. The real survey for such issues has to be confidential by an outside firm, and must be open ended instead of structured, multiple choice. Our teacher turnover is 16%, the highest in the world, that raises our education expenses very high. Since many employers met with governors during the last 15 years complaining about our poor education, and governors did not respond to correct the problem, work intensified to create superior teacher robots with artificial intelligence in a handful of years at most.
THE IMPORTANCE OF TEACHERS,
THEIR SELECTION FOR TEACHING AND
THEIR CONTINUING EDUCATION
The school results depend the most on how good and well educated the teachers are and remain through continuing education. If someone wants to become a teacher, the potential teacher cannot ensure that he is the right type of person for
teaching. Such qualification needs to be done before the student enters any teaching program in the high performing countries, or when the student becomes 18 years of age, whichever is later. We start pushing children in public schools about deciding what they want to become as soon as they start high schools. The brain of a child is not going to be well developed in the vocation-related areas until twenty years of age.
THIS IS NOT MAGIC! LOOK AT MORE THAN A DOZEN YEARS OF
ACT SCORES FOR TENNESSEE AS AN EXAMPLE. THE STATE TEST HAS BEEN
DUMBED DOWN. OUR RESULTS ARE VERY POOR. THE ACT HAS NEVER BEEN
DUMBED DOWN. THAT IS WHY IN SOME STATES THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
MAKES IT MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT TO FIND THEIR ACT SCORES!
Teaching is a vitally important job. The excellent teachers have some unique
characteristics. Matching a potential teacher to the teaching profession through tests that existed for many
years but not used for potential teachers, would be of great help to determine a candidate's fit to
teaching (e.g., Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Intelligence Inventory correlated, Can be downloaded from the Internet for about $100 total for both tests). We have too many children who could not do well enough in college or did not want to work hard enough in their originally selected major. They switch to teaching, because it is well known among college students as the easiest major. Those are not the best choices for teaching. High performing countries in education, test teacher
candidates' suitability for the teaching profession.
Beyond 4th grade, in the higher performing countries, a successful teacher requires:
- A high I.Q. and high energy,
- In the high performing countries teachers come from the top 10-30% of university
graduates, who have a Master's degree in
the subject they will teach after the 4th - grade. Teachers are never transferred to teaching a different subject. US teachers come
from the bottom 30% in performance.
- A personality matching to the
teaching profession is very important: the candidate needs to be
very open, friendly, but firm,
- Loves the subject he/she teaches so that
he is aware of technical developments and the job possibilities
- He/she teaches with infectious enthusiasm because that teacher loves the subject they teach.
learning on his/her own about new teaching methods, AND IMPROVES HIS/HER RESULTS EVERY SINGLE YEAR.
- He/she wants to be the best at whatever he/she does,
- Very interested in knowing
first-hand how his job is done in countries that are very
successful in education. All because of his/her drive to become
- Uses on his/her own the new, better tools available on the
Internet to improve his/her results.
Unfortunately, we found after years of investigating that all the
above areas have to be satisfied to create a good teacher, for
which the teacher trainee cannot be responsible. To make things
worse, the working conditions for many teachers are also not good
enough, making a teacher's job unpleasant, because they are not
The population assumes to date that the state ACT goal is high
enough. It is very low. For more than 15 years, the state goal
was at an average ACT score of only 21 that shows that the student KNOWS ONLY 20% of the four ACT Benchmark subjects individually or as a group. And the Tennessee school system graduates such students with a diploma! In other words children are graduated if they know only the average of 17-20% of the four benchmark courses only! We graduated children not too long ago who had to pass every single one of 20 courses with knowing more than 60% of all of those 20 courses. Not having that is a huge drop in graduation requirements than more than 30 countries who graduate above 95% children who are all prepared to a much higher standard than the ACT 21 goal that Tennessee had so far.
Our standards are too low and not competitive. We purposefully set standards
too low based on the fact that we graduate children with such a poor
minimum education level that it guarantees homelessness for most of them. It
would be less costly if we cannot educate them properly, to keep
them in high school 1-4 years longer until they test above 90% ACT Ready.
THIS IS NOT MAGIC! LOOK AT MORE THAN A DOZEN YEARS OF ACT SCORES FOR TENNESSEE AS AN EXAMPLE. THE STATE TEST HAS BEEN
DUMBED DOWN. OUR RESULTS ARE VERY POOR. THE ACT HAS NEVER BEEN
DUMBED DOWN. THAT IS WHY IN SOME STATES THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
MAKES IT MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT TO FIND THEIR ACT SCORES! AND FINDING THE ACT READINESS PERCENTAGES IS EVEN MORE DIFFICULT.
here for more information about teacher preparation
HOW TO DUMB DOWN THE POPULATION AND KEEP IT A SECRET?
More than 60 years ago you had to get a C or higher grade to pass. That meant 70% correct answers minimum on your tests to get a diploma. Then we changed to D being the passing grade. That meant at least 60% correct answers on tests to get a diploma. Then in the last fifteen years we started to devalue the high school diploma even more by reaching for ACT 21 as a goal, that equals ONLY 23% of the graduating students being ready or prepared, and dumbed down the state test to get there. And now we don't even call the grading F for FAILING (means that the student had 60% or less correct answers average on all tests) and above passing D, C, B and A (means that the student had 60-69%, 70-79%, 80-89% and 90%-100% correct answers in the test). Pretty simple, we had it for many decades. No confusion.
The state purchases new tests periodically from one of five companies that create them in accordance with the curriculum. They run the tests once in all state schools, but do not release the results. If the results look bad, and they always did so far, the state delays running the tests officially until they change the grades such that the results don't look so bad. That took two years the last time around 2015. They dumb down the tests with a method called "Cut Scores". The last "dumbing down" the state tests took two years, and they changed the grade names "A" - "F" to the following. "BELOW". Below what?! "Below" means failing. "Failing" is too harsh. Self-esteem and all that. Not long ago, failing was 60% or less good answers on a test. "BELOW" goes as low as 28% or less good answers. Let us say it again. If the pass/fail point is moved from 60% good answers in a test to only 28% good answers, we will graduate with passing grades many children who would have failed before, the child will not feel like a failure. The mostly single parent, who is living in poverty, who never graduated from high school, will feel good, because her child graduated. He can read and write only block letters, he cannot do basic math. He cannot read and write script. He doesn’t have to remember all the “useless stuff” the school forced one to learn before, but people hate him more and do not want to give him a job.
WE ARE GRADUATING MANY CHILDREN WE DID NOT EVEN CONSIDER FOR GRADUATION BEFORE, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT KNOW ENOUGH. WE ARE DROPPING THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES. WE ARE LOWERING AN IMPORTANT STANDARD: ONE THAT FEEDS THE WORKFORCE OF ALL INDUSTRIES ON WHOM THE COST AND QUALITY OF OUR INDUSTRIES' COMPETITIVENESS DEPENDS, BECAUSE ON THAT COMPETITIVENESS DEPENDS OUR DECLINING NATIONAL INCOME. THE ACT CHART SHOWS VERY POOR PERFORMANCE WHERE WE GRADUATE ABOUT 80% OF THE CHILDREN WHO ARE NOT READY AT ALL. GET READY FOR EVEN WORSE ACT RESULTS WITH THE NEW SYSTEM WE ARE DESCRIBING. The state can change this new system for any high school subject or all subjects every year. The next grade, the schools call "APPROACHING". And the next grade after "APPROACHING" is called "ON TRACK"! Whose track are we on? If I was a parent today, I would worry about my little Johnny and what track he is on. Both APPROACHING and ON TRACK are made up of very large percentage blocks. And finally "MASTERED"! I was worried that with A, B, C, D grades my child will be homeless. THANK YOU LORD FOR THE BRILLIANT PEOPLE WHO CHANGED IT TO "APPROACHING" and "ON TRACK" that leads to "MASTERED"!!!! Now my child has a chance to become a millionaire after he becomes governor.
What all this means is that the school system wants to reduce its failures, without them having to do a better job.
They graduate in Tennessee a lot of children who would otherwise fail because they are not prepared well enough for the future.
IS THIS HOW THE SCHOOLS WANT TO IMPROVE?!
WITHOUT THE SCHOOLS IMPROVING, THE RESULT IS GRADUATING CHILDREN WHO KNOW LESS AND LESS. THEY WILL BE UNEMPLOYED MOST OF THEIR LIFE.
IN PARALLEL, THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT'S MANAGEMENT CONFUSES THE PUBLIC WITH THE NEW SCORE NAMES AND BY CHANGING THE PASS/FAIL POINT ANNUALLY.
This is not the teacher's doing. This is done by the state's department of education with the governor's approval, and they can change the pass/fail point of students in one or more courses every year.
OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS graduate as many as 83% of our children in Tennessee who are NOT EVEN ACT READY, cannot read, write, fill out a job application, do not know basic mathematics, and have a bad attitude on the job.
The schools fib to the parents by saying that "Not all children are made for college, and little Johnny will be doing fine with a trade-related job." Yes, they are lying. Why? Because Even ACT Readiness means ONLY that the child has a 50-75% chance of passing only four freshman courses that are the same introductory courses as the four ACT Benchmarks are, THAT IS ALL. The reason for this is simple.
Our public school education is so poor that if ACT set its Readiness benchmarks at a level that employers want, and that is what counts, then we would see less than 5% of public school graduates passing ACT Readiness, instead of 26% nationally. Less than 20% of our high school graduates in Tennessee are ACT Ready. We are already graduating children whose average Readiness can be lower than 5%!! We do this at a time when major new technological developments will be unfolding in three years in 2023. We are already far behind in 2020. The bad attitude of the child at work is the result of the school not informing the parent and the child truthfully. With that as a background, any parent or child would find the child's work environment awful, because they want the child to do things that he or she cannot do.
Cognitive robotics (that can learn) will replace many vocations very soon. Nanotechnology will change the design and manufacturing on practically everything. Materials science for almost everything together with nanotechnology will lower cost significantly. And space science will bring huge positive changes, much
bigger than the change from the horse and buggy to the automobile.
We have a critical job to do in many areas to improve our
public education. Do not blame the front-line troops, the teachers,
for the bad results. They have enough bullets aimed at them unfairly.
We treat them almost like laborers. But we better put the
magnifying glass on the state departments of education to clean up
"low expectation" attitudes, not being truthful with the public. They are so used to poor performance that without a governor pressing them with specific requests, they consider everything going along as they have for decades.
The problem is with them AND THE GOVERNORS, who don't ensure the
kind of experience that is required to run education in a
competitive world and hire all too often the wrong people for the
task. THIS IS A HUGE PROBLEM. The voting public assumes that if someone wins by popular
vote and has the title, such a person would know what to do. Look
at the ACT results chart for two decades to see how poorly we
educate our children. Do you think that it can be improved without
the recommended changes within school operations statewide?
Unfortunately, the majority of such candidates, don't know what the
job will need, but we like their smile. Click here if
you are interested in learning more now.
We went from the horse and buggy to the moon in less than a hundred
years. Think of all the rapid changes since the horse and buggy, like cars, airplanes, movies, television, computers, the
way we manufacture things, enormous technological changes
everywhere, enormous changes in life and in jobs. Such huge changes
altered the way we worked and lived to date. It changed the
knowledge required for jobs as well. The big question is how much
did our children's education increase with the enormous change we
experienced in technology? We know that our children's education
became one of the most expensive in the world per child. We know
that we fell to the 40th place internationally in high school mathematics in 2016
from the top around 1970. Our elementary and high school education
went down, when many other countries increased. To better gauge how
far we fell behind in public education please look at two 8th grade
final exams more than 100 years ago:
one is from 1895, and
the other is from 1912. Are we doing well enough in
public education by 8th grade to pass such tests? These
tests are for children who finished only eight grades about 100+
years ago, not high schools. What do you think? Are we going
forward or backward? 19 years of ACT scores and the ACT
readiness tells us where we were for 19 years. We have fallen
significantly behind other countries. They went up, and they are
business competitors of ours. Take a look at our 19 years of ACT
performance in the chart below. It is time to recognize what we
have done - a bad job in almost all schools in public education.
The ACT tests 59% of the graduating American students. Since
1970 spending per student skyrocketed, but the ACT scores that
show what a child learned from grade one to twelve, did not change
from the poor performance area. Not a single governor stood up to
stop the spending increases, identify why this is happening and
correct the problems in the schools SUCH THAT THE ACT SCORES
INCREASED. We use the ACT score as the most reliable indicator
of academic progress. Since several excellent national public
school systems exist internationally, our high school results and
lack of improvement are a sad situation to put it mildly.
WHAT IS HAPPENING TO US AS HUMAN BEINGS?
SOME NATIONS TEACH ETHICS IN HIGH SCHOOL AS A COURSE, A VERY GOOD IDEA. SOME TEACH ART AND MUSIC. THEY HAPPEN TO BE VERY IMPORTANT SUBJECT FOR RIGHT BRAIN HALF DEVELOPMENT, AND TO INTERCONNECT THE TWO BRAIN HEMISPHERES. VERY IMPORTANT FOR LEARNING AND DECISION MAKING. INCREDIBLE! HIGH LEVEL DECISION MAKERS IN EDUCATION ARE NOT INTERESTED IN LEARNING FROM OTHER SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL SYSTEMS OR FROM OTHER PROFESSIONS WHO ARE EXPERTS ABOUT HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, LIKE CLINICAL PSYCHIATRISTS AND NEUROLOGISTS. AS A RESULT, VERY BAD MISTAKES HAVE BEEN MADE IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS THAT UNFORTUNATELY IMPACTED MANY CHILDREN’S LEARNING ABILITY NEGATIVELY.
The education departments and schools and all individuals within them are part of a low performing education system. It used to be one of the best and in 50 years dropped to the bottom of the industrialized countries. The children graduating from high school become part of the workforce within our industries, whose needs our public schools have not considered for decades. It is fair to say that our school districts need to satisfy the needs of our industries, who have been complaining to governors since about 2000. When an entire industry like education is poorly performing like ours, they do because their leaders in the departments of state education are not interested in becoming better, doing a better job and be competitive - they get paid even for the poor job that they do. The elected school boards cannot be expected to know what to do. Their voting majority is neither schooled nor experienced in management on a scale that is needed. Teachers are blamed by the public and they have nothing to do with the school systems producing bad results. Why? Because they went to a teacher’s college not knowing how good their curriculum is, or how good the teacher certification is, or how good their management is above the principals. And these three are far from being as good as in the countries with which we compete. For these reasons, the teachers and principals jobs are very difficult and awful. The result is a very high turnover rate, that costs the education system 12-18 months of salary AND the school gets a new inexperienced teacher for the experienced one that left. So in all our wisdom we would rather hire a new superintendent for a medium to large school district than a retired vice president from a good company who understands what the work forces need and who has been using good management know-how for decades, exactly what a superintendent should know but does not. Furthermore, the governors themselves hire for state superintendent people from the poorly performing teacher training or school district environment, who having come from the poorly performing education industry, cannot improve anything, and pay them an enormous salary. Just maybe, we better give this some serious thought because things are getting worse.
A different but important trend: Dec. 27,
2019. Man Beaten to Death for $1 - and No One Stops to Help!
Multiple people, cars and even a bus drove by his body, and not one
stopped to check on the man lying in the street.
Sept. 19, 2019. I bought something. The total came to $23.00. I
paid with a $50 bill as the power went out at the store. Three cash
register operators could not figure out what change they should pay
me. Quiet conversations among them. I told them that my change
would be $27. Later I asked them where they graduated from high
school. All three named one local school, later I verified one
name. That one told me that "We are not math majors. And besides we
will not need to know math in the future." A fourth grader should
do better. We graduate today too many who cannot communicate
properly, cannot read or write except for block letters, . Just ask
employers and college professors. We need much better out of high
schools for our workforce!
People recognize the big problem we have with education. 50 years
ago many would jump up and speak up to those in leadership. Today
the most common response is: "It is very bad. but it is beyond my
pay grade." Today people do not want to get involved. But they know
what's happening. That's very bad because the day will come when
all those feelings will explode. We see such situations more and
more. What is happening to us? Something is very wrong. Not caring
about each other as human beings shows more and more. Both of the
above leads to end of life: one is violent, the other is slow and
can end life in extreme poverty and misery. We do not want to get
involved and help when something bad happens to someone we don't
know. We don't even care about what happens to our children, except
for our own. And even there we trust the schools self-evaluation of
their performance, and we will show what we found. Please give this
The goal of high school education must be to satisfy
employer needs (be employable) AND university or vocational
training school requirements in order for the high school graduate
to be able to minimally support a family of four. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOUR CHILD IF WE DO NOT DO THIS WELL?
In the chart below, the black numbers are the actual ACT scores.
The red percentages below the black ACT scores are the average
ACT Readiness percentage/year of graduates. The third group, red
percentages again, represents THE AVERAGE PERCENTAGE OF GRADUATES
who are NOT ACT READY. Their numbers are shocking. These are
students for minimum wage jobs after graduation, who will be
jobless in less than five years, replaced by robotics. However,
robotics has started already replacing a tiny number of degreed
graduate positions before 2019, and will also advance further as
cognitive robotics appears by 2022. To verify, search
for annual report cards under Tennessee Department of Education and
under act.com just google for them.
Let's look at Knox County, Tennessee high
schools' ACT results. The best performing high school's ACT
Readiness is only 53%. The worst performer is close to zero percent
ACT Readiness. THIS IS NOT GOOD PERFORMANCE. This school
district spent two and a half times as much per student than the
better high schools, for more than 19 years in the two
worst-performing high schools with African American students. There
was no improvement to date. OBVIOUSLY THE HUGE AMOUNT OF ADDITIONAL
MONEY WENT TO THE WRONG POCKETS FOR DECADES. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN
USING MONTHLY GPA OBJECTIVES TO TRACK PROGRESS, NO ANNUAL PLANNING IN EVERY GRADE
WITH SPECIFIC MONTHLY ACTIONS TO MEET MEASURABLE MONTHLY GPA
OBJECTIVES IN THE FAILING HIGH SCHOOLS AND THEIR FEEDER SCHOOLS.
THAT MEANS THAT EVERY SINGLE EMPLOYEE KEPT WORKING THE SAME WAY AS
IN PRIOR YEARS. WHEN YOU KEEP WORKING THE SAME WAY EVERY YEAR, YOU
GET THE SAME RESULTS. TO GET BETTER RESULTS, THE PEOPLE IN EDUCATION DISTRICTS NEED TO LEARN
MORE AND CHANGE THE WAY THEY WORK FOR THE BETTER.
Teachers must love and know their subject on an advanced level, way
beyond what they teach, how what they teach is used in jobs,
must be very enthusiastic about their subject because they love it,
and the schools must conduct remedial courses to bring students
up-to-date with subjects such as reading, mathematics and sciences
as the highest priority. We do a poor job teaching reading and even
basic math and we keep the poor teachers who could not teach these
subjects and do this damage every year. Most children are bored in
the classes. I know i set in on many. We graduate our children who
were forced to finish high school with such a handicap decade after
decade. So most school board menbers and superintendents have no
clue how to do it. The state superintendents don't know how to
monitor performance against the right monthly objectives, set poor
standards of performance because they don't know how to do better.
And governors do nothing about correcting this disaster, on which
our future depends directly. As one former president suggested incorrectly, "Hope" is far from enough. You actually have to get people to learn to be better, and do an honest day's work. "Hope" has nothing to do with it. Knowing how to manage has everything to do with doing a job well. If you live on "hope", nothing will happen. But if you divide the needed work by the work days needed for its completion, and you do an honest day's work every workday, what you want will happen.
The truth may hurt, but one cannot go anywhere without facing it.
WHY IS IT THAT THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DID NOT
TAKE ACTION TO RAISE THE ACT SCORES?
I asked many questions about this situation, I
was upset about how such an extremely poor school performance could
happen, and decided to find a school with black children producing
good results. Found a school called the Harlem Success Academy in
NYC that was formed in 2006. Today in 2019 they have 47 schools,
taking in POOR, BLACK, INNER CITY CHILDREN, AND DELIVERING FABULOUS
RESULTS BEATING EVEN PRIVATE SCHOOLS! Visiting them was a pleasure.
We could not get anyone to visit them from close to 50 school
districts. It became clear that throwing a lot of money at a big
problem is done only by people who have no idea how to solve it.
For that to go on for 19 years is unforgivable.
WHY IS IT THAT THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF
EDUCATION DID NOT TAKE ACTION TO FIX THE PROBLEMS?
In 1988 we found out from college professors
that we cannot teach children how to read properly and we graduate
them that way from high school. Employers were telling us that they
cannot communicate properly, cannot fill out a job application
cannot do basic math and have a bad attitude when having to do
something. Employers have met with the governors telling them that
they cannot find well-educated high school graduates one after the
other to get this problem solved. It is not solved to date. The
fast food industry decided to go with robotics. The supermarket
industry is planning the same. The trucking industry is doing the
same. And public schools and teachers' unions do not want to change
and complain about needing more money. WHEN YOU ARE ONE OF THE
HIGHEST SPENDERS PER STUDENT IN THE WORLD AND YOU DELIVER POOR
RESULTS, THE MONEY IS NOT BEING SPENT ON THE RIGHT THINGS.
There are excellent management tools and management training
programs that could help within the Tennessee Department of
Education and the Governor's office who failed to identify such
enormous failures within. We should be catching extreme
underperformance any single month so that we can correct them.
Clearly, just spending more money did not and does not work.
Especially when we are among the world's highest spenders per
student. Clearly, to keep spending such a huge increase for decades
without any improvement indicates by the third year that the money
is not being spent in the right places, and management neither had
nor does have any idea how to solve the problem. They made no effort to
learn what to do, AND the state management system had no capability
to detect the unreasonable overspending and wasting of money. They hire consultants to solve a problem, when most people in consulting are doing it because they were not good enough to do the job. Education has too many people who don’t know what to do AND have no idea how to do something. How can such people tell if they met the consultant who knows how to do the job? They cannot. This kind of extreme spending is common in public school districts:
management and elected boards think that money will solve the
problems, because they don't know how to solve it. But they keep
wasting the money for decades, because the money does not solve
most problems. There are many other wasteful spending examples. For
example school district central management groups are four to ten
times normal size. Positions have been created to solve problems
that management knowhow could solve without staff additions. As the
years went by, they just kept adding staff and the poor performance
got worse. In one case a superintendent befriended the principal of
a poorly performing high school. The principal's high school
performance just kept getting worse. Clearly neither the principal
nor the superintendent knew what to do. So the superintendent
promoted his friend, the principal to head all schools and improve
ALL SCHOOLS' PERFORMANCE. That's 89 schools. That was many years
ago and nothing improved.
WHY IS IT THAT THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF
EDUCATION DOES NOT MONITOR SPENDING VS. BUDGET PER MONTH, AND TEST
RESULTS (GPA) VS. MONTHLY OBJECTIVE YEAR-TO-DATE TO CATCH PROBLEMS
EARLY TO FIX IT IN ORDER TO DELIVER GOOD RESULTS BY YEAR END?
The only thing the existing
level of expertise accomplishes is wasting many millions of dollars
EVERY SINGLE YEAR. And no one stood up on the state level to this
date to fix such extremely expensive problems because no one knows
how to fix them. This kind of spending and delivery of poor results
has to stop. For that, we need excellent superintendents with solid
management training and experience, ones with an excellent track
record for at least five years, ones who turned around a poorly
performing school organization before. The big problem is that more
than 13,500 school districts in the USA may have only a handful of
such superintendents, and a superintendent development program does
not exist. But the country has many retired vice presidents, who
managed much more very successfully. They could be of great help.
They could do a superior job in improving education.
is "ACT Readiness"?
We also have to change our thinking about college vs. high school
training. We have to think in terms of knowledge having to increase
in employees year-by-year in order to be able to make a living and
for employers to survive. Elementary schools must deliver more. It
is already unacceptable that our children fall behind in reading
and basic math by grade 4. How can they do well without reading and
basic math from then on? They cannot. The responsibility falls back
on teacher training and certification, and keeping people employed or not
who cannot educate our children. THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE IF ONE WANTS NOT JUST
GOOD RESULTS BUT TO SURVIVE. Why do you want to keep schools open that are Failure
Factories that cannot produce better than 80% ACT Readiness in
high school graduates? Having low standards while we lie about
"Excellence for all children" and we use the people's money to
employ people who do a poor job, is an incredibly dishonest thing
U.S. universities require a 26 or higher
score in ACT math to be admitted to a mathematics, any science
or engineering or economics degree program. Most have an ACT
26-31 ADMISSION REQUIREMENT, as well. THESE SUBJECTS, AS A GRADUATE
DEGREE, REPRESENT THOSE FUTURE JOBS THAT WILL BE ABLE TO SURVIVE
COGNITIVE ROBOTICS THE LONGEST. The benchmarks are ACT scores
that represent the minimum benchmark value in each of the four
benchmark subjects. The minimum ACT benchmark target-scores
represent a percentage of "ACT Readiness" or prepared students
in a high school's graduating class in a specific year. But the
minimum benchmark scores also represent the minimum ACT
Readiness of an individual student. An ACT score of 22 or 23
represents only that the student is only about 25% prepared in the
subject. But in English Composition, the minimum readiness score is
only 18, which represents ONLY 10-12% ACT Readiness. To the best of
our knowledge, we are not in African Uganda with 43 tribal
languages, we are in the USA and our official language is English
and not Swahili or Bantu or 41 others. In our most important
subject, English Composition, any student who is ONLY 10% prepared
is ACT Ready in that subject. That is far from the kind of
preparedness our children needed in the past ten years and will
need in the fast moving future years much more. IMAGINE NOW THAT WE
GRADUATE IN TENNESSEE WITH A DIPLOMA MORE THAN 80% OF THE STUDENTS,
YEAR AFTER YEAR FOR DECADES, WHO WERE AND ARE NOT ACT READY.
THERE ARE A FEW STATES THAT ARE WORSE AND A FEW THAT ARE BETTER.
But the most dangerous thing is that WE GRADUATE STUDENTS FROM HIGH
SCHOOL WHO CANNOT READ, CAN WRITE ONLY BLOCK LETTERS, and even if
ACT Ready, such a child MAY NOT BE PREPARED WELL ENOUGH FOR
HIGHER EDUCATION UNLESS THAT CHILD IS HIGHER THAN 80% ACT
ALL THIS MEANS IS THAT THE STATE
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DOES NOT SUPERVISE SCHOOL PERFORMANCE
LEVELS MONTHLY IN ORDER TO TAKE CORRECTIVE ACTION, AND SUCH POOR
MANAGEMENT CREATES EVEN MORE DAMAGE. FOR EXAMPLE, A STUDENT SHOULD
READ AT A CERTAIN LEVEL BY THE END OF GRADE 4. AS LONG AS THE
STUDENT'S READING IS NOT UP TO PAR, IT WILL REMAIN AS A LEARNING
HANDICAP. AND WE GRADUATE THEM FROM HIGH SCHOOL WITH IT!! WE FIRST
NOTICED THE READING PROBLEM AMONG HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES 22 YEARS
AGO. IT STILL GOES ON UNSOLVED IN 2019!
WHY IS IT THAT THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF
EDUCATION DID NOT TAKE ACTION TO FIX THE ABOVE PROBLEMS?
Our schools blame poverty that is
rapidly increasing, and parents for the bad results. The truth is
that OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE CREATING POVERTY BY DUMBING DOWN OUR
CHILDREN, AND THEN THE CHILDREN WITH LESS KNOWLEDGE CAN GET ONLY A
LESS PAYING JOB. The truth is that most inner city parents lack
education, and work their fingers to the bone to just survive as
single parents. The truth really is that our schools are not as
good as they claim and must improve. The truth is that there are
education systems, that create outstanding results uniformly,
minorities and all, but they select and educate teachers
differently and better than we do, and teach children differently (e.g., Finland) but our
leaders from the governor on down have zero interest in finding out
how they do it. THE SAD TRUTH IS THAT WE ARE DUMBING DOWN THE
POPULATION, AND OUR LEADERS ARE DOING NOTHING ABOUT IT.
WHY IS IT THAT THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF
EDUCATION DID NOT TAKE ACTION TO FIX THE ABOVE PROBLEMS?
I investigated our
education system in every state and went to the best countries in
education to investigate their standards, methodologies, training
for both teachers and students, education laws and they were very
open with me. I wrote to the previous Tennessee governor seven
times. No reply from anyone. I wrote to the current governor of
Tennessee four times about our challenges in education. Again no
answer from anyone. Most high schools have only 15-25% ACT Ready
students of those graduating. BUT THEY ALL ARE GRADUATED WITH A
DIPLOMA! The lack of response is a strange result, because "THOSE
NOT ACT READY" are 75-85% of graduates (95-97% OF AFRICAN AMERICAN
STUDENTS!) who can only get minimum wage jobs for a handful of
years at best before robots replace them. WHAT WILL HAPPEN
The parents are under the impression
that getting a diploma means that their child is ready to learn a
"GOOD" job FOR LIFE. It used to be the policy within US states
until about 40 years ago, and in other countries to date, that a
diploma is not awarded to a high school student unless that person
is prepared to continue his/her studies at college level toward a
four-year degree program. The high school graduates may decide to
get further education or not. If the child graduates but is not
ACT Ready, the schools tell the parent that all children are not
made for college by God, but they will do well by learning a
profession - falsely reassuring the parent. Note that Success
Academy Schools of N.Y.C. achieves 90%+ results beating even
several private schools, and do it with poor, inner-city black
students! No one visits them to see how they do it from our public
education management. I did. We could learn a lot about how we
could improve at a fast rate. Don't blame your schools and
teachers. The problem is with the state's education management and
the governors. This very successful school system even makes its
private very successful elementary and middle school curriculum AND
TEACHING METHODOLOGY available FREE on the Internet, but low
performing management people at our public schools are too afraid
to try new things, and feel comfortable only with their old methods
that failed us at every level of education management up to the
ACT offers a much better test
instrument for future readiness for the long term, called "S.T.E.M.
ACT READINESS" THAT REQUIRES AN AVERAGE ACT SCORE OF 26, PLUS
HIGHER SCORES IN THEIR BENCHMARK SUBJECTS. THAT IS WHERE A HIGH
SCHOOL GRADUATE NEEDS TO BE TODAY TO BE ABLE TO LEARN A JOB THAT
WILL PROVIDE AN INCOME TO SUPPORT A FAMILY OF FOUR. THE
POORLY-PERFORMING PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM WILL NEVER TELL YOU THAT.
THE EXISTING LEVEL OF HIGH SCHOOL AVERAGE IN THE TOP 20 COUNTRIES
IN EDUCATION IS APPROXIMATELY THE SAME AS AN ENGINEERING STUDENT AT
AN AMERICAN UNIVERSITY AFTER COMPLETING THE SECOND YEAR OF
ENGINEERING OR SCIENCE CURRICULUM WITHOUT REMEDIAL COURSES. PLEASE
CONSIDER NOW THE FACT THAT 84% OF THOSE STUDENTS WE GRADUATE FROM
HIGH SCHOOL IN TENNESSEE OR 76% OF THOSE WE GRADUATE NATIONALLY,
ARE NOT EVEN ACT READY! AMONG BLACK STUDENTS 94-97% WHO GRADUATE
ARE NOT ACT READY! Everyone should be ashamed who have anything
to do with such an enormous failure when there are good examples
and great tools are available to turn such situations around, but
people at all levels in a poorly managed organization do not even
have the courage to try proven methods and tools of success. No one
can succeed with such people in leadership positions.
According to college professors today,
two years of remedial training is required before a new college
student is prepared to take the first-year courses for any science
or engineering-related program. It is not just for engineering and
science jobs, as the schools tell you. THIS PROBLEM IS PROGRESSIVE,
AND IT WILL DESTROY US UNLESS WE ACT TO FIX IT WITH A SENSE OF
URGENCY. DEFENSIVE BEHAVIOR BY ANYONE HAS NO PLACE HERE. ACT
Readiness is far from College Completion readiness, as many schools
will NOT tell you. "ACT Readiness" ONLY means that the student
has a 50-75% CHANCE to pass the four first-year college courses in
Mathematics, Biology, Reading/Social Science and English
Composition if the student passed the admission and required
prerequisite requirements for these courses. The passing benchmark
scores represent only a 25% ACT Readiness in three benchmark
courses, and the English benchmark score represents only an
approximate 10% Readiness. For a graduate to make enough money to
be self-supporting, the ACT Readiness would need to be much
higher. THINK ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS IF THE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE IS
NOT ACT READY! THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT AMONG TENNESSEE
GRADUATES WITH A DIPLOMA MORE THAN 80% ARE NOT READY (nationally
76%). LOOK AT THE CHART TO SEE HOW LONG THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON!
INVESTIGATE WHAT I AM WRITING HERE, AND IF YOU ARE SATISFIED THAT I
AM TELLING YOU THE TRUTH, ASK YOUR GOVERNOR WHY HE/SHE LET THIS
HAPPEN! AFTER ALL, WE THE PUBLIC ARE PAYING FOR IT THE HIGHEST RATE
PER STUDENT IN THE WORLD, AND OUR CHILDREN NEED MUCH BETTER. WHEN
WE PAY FOR SOMETHING, WE ALL EXPECT IT TO FUNCTION VERY WELL. LET
HIM TELL US WHY PUBLIC EDUCATION IS DIFFERENT.
WE ARE 2ND-5TH HIGHEST SPENDERS IN THE
WORLD PER STUDENT. The mathematics results dropped to the bottom of
the industrialized countries. WE SPENT AND SPEND ENOUGH MONEY PER
STUDENT, BUT THE MONEY IS NOT GOING TO THE RIGHT PLACES OR THE
CAN U.S. PUBLIC SCHOOLS KEEP UP IN THE
ONLY WITH MAJOR CHANGES.
***** We went from the horse and buggy to the moon in a hundred
Think about this because many new technologies are coming into
education did not keep pace with technological advances like the
high performing countries' education systems did. It starts with
the fact that our teacher
training programs have not changed enough with the times at our
colleges and universities
, the teacher training curriculum is
the weakest and easiest, attracting under-performing students.
American teachers are coming from the bottom third of their
university performance. Other nations take them from the top third,
and even from the top 10% ONLY like Finland. The university
training must be A FULL BS/MS PROGRAM IN THE SUBJECT THEY WILL
TEACH above 4th grade, and are matched to the teaching profession
before they are hired. This is a huge difference between us and the
nations with medium-to-high quality high school education. They are
prepared well to be excellent teachers, their teaching performance
brings excellent results, and such results create the highest
respect from the public. We can see how good our school performance
is in the ACT and SAT results and the international tests. Our
state tests are weak because the curriculum is weak, and the
Tennessee STATE TESTS HAVE BEEN DUMBED DOWN SEVERAL TIMES TO PASS
MANY STUDENTS WHO WOULD OTHERWISE FAIL. Teachers are not to be
blamed for this. It is the state education departments and
governors who created and allow this bad situation.
No one can produce excellent results, unless one is totally
truthful with all concerned about the work they do, both good and
bad, and specifies in a written plan, those who have to achieve what every
month in the organization to achieve the objective. Objectives must
be measurable, and they must be the key indicator of success or
failure, with every single important action to be achieved.
New technologies increase employer
requirements and that change is not reflected in today's high
school education, such as making Algebra II, Geometry, Solid
Geometry, and Trigonometry in mathematics, and adding Chemistry and
Physics as well at MINIMUM to the Curriculum. Those we compete within an
international environment complete a year of Calculus as well as
part of high school education. The choice is not complex. Our
results are poor because our teacher training became poor, and
management training does not exist for principals and
superintendents. Management know-how in the state departments of
education is lacking and in some governors it is also absent. WE
NEED PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT KNOW-HOW IN EDUCATION INSTEAD OF
POLITICAL BEHAVIOR AND POLITICAL METHODS THAT ARE CREATING POOR
Good results depend on well qualified workers
doing excellent work. One cannot change results if one keeps working
the same way as before with the same people. One needs a single
objective, that is the key indicator of success or failure, like an
ACT score, that is 10% higher than the prior year's actual
ACT score. This must be backed up by monthly objectives on all
supervisors and managers, principals and teachers to support the
annual ACT objective, so that we catch any performance problem
in any month, instead of getting a surprise at year end. It is the schools that
achieve the result in any school district. Yet we never had them
operate under specific objectives and operating plans. The focus must be on them. All
support must be focused on them and they must operate under
specific measurable academic objectives in order for the school
system's results to improve. Poorly performing organizations cannot
recover without using "Management by Objectives (MBO)." The biggest
challenge is that employees who have been in a poorly performing
system keep working the same way for several years in the past.
They are afraid of any change, especially a change that measures
their performance. However, it is not possible for a poorly
performing organization to recover without monthly performance
measurement, e.g., with GPA per class, teacher, school and school
district. The ACT is available only annually for high school and
school district. For growth the monthly performance check is
important. The ACT is more accurate THAN THE GPA and it is the
best tool for calibrating the GPA results. Most people who were
part of a poorly performing organization cannot change easily to a
much healthier thought of "what do I need to learn to get better
results" and view that as a healthy challenge. That is why "MBO" is
ACADEMIC FOCUS: VERY IMPORTANT:
ELIMINATE "90% graduation objective" and use instead "last year's
ACT score plus 10% minimum for the objective, coupled with
monthly individual school academic objectives (e.g., G.P.A.) for
all supervisory employees that drive ACT achievement. The push
for 90% graduation rate with an average A.C.T, 21 goal, as for many
years, simply cannot work. In Tennessee a 21 ACT score means
that the goal is an unacceptable 25% ACT Readiness, with 75% OF
THE GRADUATES NOT BEING READY FOR ANY JOB FOR LIFE! In addition the
"90% of students graduating" goal, for almost 20 years now, created
pressures during the last month of the school year to dumb down the
state test ("Cut Scores"), and to make superintendents and
principals push for promoting children who would otherwise fail, by
changing the pass/fail point (60% good answers normally) down,
below 30% in some courses to pass and graduate many children who
are very poorly prepared. That is why we have an extremely high
percentage of graduates who are not ACT Ready. Isn't it obvious
to all that what we need is an educational objective, an ACT
score that is 10% higher than the prior year's score? If that goes
up, so will the graduation rate.
Very important for teacher success: a
test for a psychological match to the teaching profession, raising
subject training (what they will teach) to Master's level, using
Intern-based teaching tools, learning new teaching methodologies,
and learning to use the best lectures by the best professors
nationally in the subject they teach. Good teachers love the
subject enough to keep up with future developments. It would be
ideal if they could alternate their jobs between teaching and
business where they actually use their subject knowledge.
The American public's money via taxes is
paying one of the highest rates in the world per student for the
education of the public's children. but only 26% of the graduates
with a high school diploma are ACT Ready nationally. Even for
those few who are ACT Ready, the readiness benchmark score is
equal to only 24-25% knowledge of three subjects and the 4th
subject, English, passes at ACT score 18 that only 10-12% knowledge
level of the subject defined by the curriculum. even ACT
Readiness is not good enough preparation of our children to
survive. Is that a good result? We just kept spending more money
per child, but we did not teach our children well enough.
Political leadership above education
hires staffing for the schools and management who are unprepared at
all levels to do an acceptable job. Why? Because the hiring manager
thinks that he/she does not have to know what and how the new
employee has to accomplish what needs to be done - a huge mistake.
More than 80% of high school graduates are not ACT Ready. They will be able to get only
short-term employment at minimum wage followed by nothing after
five years. Nothing! The automation plans of several industries for
2019 - 2022 will ensure that exactly, because they cannot find
qualified high school graduates. Such children will not be earning
enough to support themselves with legal jobs, let alone a wife and
family, but will learn to make money illegally and will make a lot
of babies. Our governors are not likely to know better.
WHAT SHOULD OUR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
ACT READINESS BE? NOT 17% LIKE IN TENNESSEE. NOT 24% LIKE THE
USA AVERAGE. IN THE TOP TEN COUNTRIES IN EDUCATION IT IS MORE THAN
THE EQUIVALENT OF 90%. THE ANSWER TO THAT FROM THE EDUCATION
ORGANIZATIONS FREQUENTLY IS: "BUT WE ARE SO MUCH BIGGER! AND THEY
DO NOT HAVE MINORITIES!" WELCOME TO THE RESULT OF BEING DUMBED DOWN
BY OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS. THEY DON'T EVEN
CHECK THE FACTS BEFORE GIVING AN ANSWER. VERY SAD SITUATION. IN
MORE THAN 50 YEARS NOT A SINGLE GOVERNOR, NOT A SINGLE EDUCATION
SECRETARY OR STATE SUPERINTENDENT TOOK ACTION THAT RAISED THE
ACT READINESS AND THE S.A.T. EQUIVALENT. WHEN
Who is responsible for destroying the
life of the public's children? Whose education at one of the
highest expenses per child in the world was paid by the public, but
the state education department with a governor picked leader, who
could not or was not allowed to do a good enough job for 80-90% of
such children, so that they could get a legal job to support
minimally a family of four, or just themselves. The governor, had
no idea what to do, could not find a person in this huge country
who did. Or was the governor restricted in doing a better job? We
have wasted many billions of dollars and decades, and we certainly
spent enough. We would appreciate getting a truthful explanation from
the governor about why this is happening and why we are telling the
public a false story about public education. we would like to see
the governor's written plan to turn this sad situation around or
explain in writing to us if we are incorrect.
ELECTED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARDS',
SUPERINTENDENTS' AND PRINCIPALS' TRAINING:
Management-by-Objectives, Annual Operating Plans, Zero-based
Budging training, focus on ACT' "Core Plus 2" plus honors
courses, s goal at average 27 ACT for 80% ACT Readiness in
five years. If you achieved results with the poor, very old
training and with the enormous inefficiency we had to date, the far
better results will come with actually less effort if we do things
Poorly performing organizations can't
recover without redefining the "EXCELLENCE" they claim constantly.
They claim "excellence for all children" when more than 70% of
graduates are not ACT Ready. Any statements or communication in
any form by a public education system, especially after our poor
history, must communicate the truth and nothing but the truth on
all communications to ANY recipient.
In a poorly performing environment,
mediocre performance is accepted as EXCELLENT. ACT Readiness is
NOT excellence even at 100%, but only "meets requirements" at best,
because the curriculum is not competitive. 80% Readiness is a must
in 5 years.
To that end, we must have ZERO TOLERANCE
for discipline problems. Give teachers the power and authority to
control their classes. Give them also the responsibility to deliver
better results via GPA and ACT results.
Our goal of 80% ACT READINESS
requires not spending money on other than an excellent education,
technology, and maintenance of improving ACT scores 10% per
year. Reduce central management staffing to 2% of total school
district full-time employees who do a good job. We must keep only
those who do a good job. For that, measurable objectives must exist
for all employees. If that cannot be defined, why hire them?
Any school district must communicate
only the truth and nothing but the truth. Currently this is totally
Plan the coming year well, with monthly
measurable G.P.A. objectives to deliver much better results by
students than in the past.
Provide a financial incentive and
recognition plaques to teachers and principals who exceed a 10%
higher G.P.A., than last year's, or 3.5 GPA, whichever is
Evaluate together every month which and
what teacher-created the best results and how it was done.
Graduate only those who are ACT
Ready, keep those who are not, for up to two more years.
Require specific management training for
Keep a voting-public record of all
elected school district board members on all votes that would
reduce spending or (or except for those that) increase education
results. Locally elected school district boards of education do not
and cannot contribute to improving our education system. Their
voting majority does not have enough knowhow. Appointed boards can
be very helpful (e.g. in a form of US Public schools is one called
a "charter school").
K-12 Education MUST BE INTERNATIONALLY
COMPETITIVE because high school graduates feed the workforce of all
American companies from design to manufacturing. The quality and
price of our products depend on the training of the workforce. We
have to compete internationally with our products, and as our high
school education declined compared to other countries, our profit
margins decline, and so does our national income. We are one of the
top spenders in the world per student, but we dropped to the bottom
of the industrialized countries. We decide K-12 curriculum and
depth of subjects within it, teacher qualification criteria,
teacher training curriculum competitiveness require very well
qualified people on the national level. We delegated everything
under education to the states, who delegated almost all
decision-making to the more than 13,500 school districts' elected
school boards. There are several big problems here. One is an
enormous duplication of staff and all of them not the best in the
country. Most of them would not understand what we are talking
about here. A very flat large organization that depends on elected
local boards cannot have the right level of management knowhow to
be successful with the existing prerequisites and experience. And
the explanation in its favor that the best advice for how education
needs to be improving comes only from the local population probably
worked 150 years ago, but today it can only fail. Just look at the
record we have documented here. What is most dangerous for the
nation is the fact that no correction has taken place in the last
100 years in everything relating to education: management structure
and methodology, standards in every job, performance and spending
management, employee competence and level of performance
internationally in a competitive world.
Public schools dominate about 90% of the
K-12 education in every country. That makes them a "monopoly". A
monopoly can control the country to ensure that no other type of
school system can enter the country. A monopoly does not have to do
an excellent job to stay in control. In fact, they can be doing a
poor job in most schools as education is in the USA. They promote
themselves to the public as a school that is much better than they
really are. Understand ACT or S.A.T. scores so that you can
understand how well they are REALLY doing. Do not trust the state
test scores because most have been dumbed down. They say bad things
about any other school that makes a profit, even if they are much
better in educating your child. We will tell you more here. Be very
single minded about the school for your child. Care only about how
well educated their students are by comparing ACT, S.A.T. or
N.A.E.P. (primary school test) scores. Or find out which the best
high school is with ACT scores, and ask the principal about
which primary school is best.
WHY MUST WE DO ALL THIS?
THE PUBLIC IS
PAYING ONE OF THE HIGHEST RATES IN THE WORLD PER CHILD, IN GOOD
FAITH, TO EDUCATE ITS CHILDREN, SO THAT THEY CAN, AT MINIMUM, EARN
ENOUGH TO SUPPORT A FAMILY OF FOUR. For our future citizens: our
children's and grandchildren's economic survival.
High school graduates feed the
workforces of all industries.
The training of our industries'
workforces affects the quality and profitability of the companies
in our industries. We compete today with international competitors
at home and in most countries.
Poorly prepared high school graduates,
like most U.S. graduates today, lower our industries' income, and
also our national income. We do not have enough national income,
and our national debt skyrocketed.
Our high schools, therefore, must be
competitive with the best countries in education. We are far from
ACT depends on the education
community for income. That is likely to influence their test
results to show the best possible "picture" with their test
results. The purposeful dumbing down of the public unfortunately
We are told told that the U.S. Constitution does not provide any
guidelines for education. Individual state constitutions and laws
delegate all spending and education-related decisions to locally
elected school boards. There are more than 13,500 such school
boards in the U.S. The decision-making majority of such boards lack
the necessary know-how. The U.S. Constitution not covering public
education is not a good reason for no standardization nationally on
the most important things in education. For example high school
graduation requirements, advancement, student requirements to each
grade, minimum curriculum in K-12, teacher and superintendent
qualification revised, prerequisites for entry into a teaching
program in any college or university, single-subject focus with a
BS/BA and MS/MA in the subject that a candidate will teach above
grade four, with a plan to achieve such a qualification. If that is
not possible, expect cognitive robotics with Artificial
Intelligence to replace education as we know it, because what we
have is destroying our children's ability to make a living.
Politicians believe that if they suggest
changes, the education entity will have them voted out.
OBSERVATION: Jobs are getting more sophisticated. The less
demanding jobs are going to robots. It is a tougher world out
there. The jobs require more knowledge. When things were easier,
both schools and parents were tougher with the children in the
school and at home. So, we made everything easier for children,
with much less pressure in school and at home, allowing children to
misbehave and learn less than before. WE DID THIS FOR OUR CHILDREN,
FOR A TOUGHER WORLD THAT REQUIRES MORE KNOWLEDGE IN THE SCIENCES
Go figure...Have we been dumbed down this much?!
THE FUTURE DEPENDS ON HOW WELL EDUCATED OUR CHILDREN WILL BE
WHAT IS YOUR GOAL?
WHAT HAVE YOU CHANGED?
WHAT IS YOUR GOAL-ACHIEVEMENT HISTORY?
HOW IS ACT READINESS DETERMINED?
The ACT score range is 1-36. The test is given after
11th Grade, to learn what children learned from grade
one to twelve. ACT also offers a test called ASPIRE, for each
grade, from grade 3 to grade 10. ASPIRE indicates in each grade
what the individual student's ACT score is likely to be in grade
11 if the student keeps progressing the same way. This is an
excellent predictive test for parents as well as school management
because, at any grade level, ASPIRE indicates what the final school
district's or individual student's ACT score is likely to be.
Having a tool like ASPIRE, both the parent and the school would see
what courses' performance is weak, starting with third grade. If a
parent and the school know that a student's performance is too weak
at any grade from 3 to 10, they can act to correct the situation.
Otherwise, the ACT score may come as a big surprise.
The ACT score is the average of four ACT subject
tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The student that
meets the target scores of all four benchmark tests qualifies as
"ACT READY." ACT Readiness only means that if a student
passed the four benchmarks (in English, Mathematics, Reading and
Science), then that student has a 50% - 75% CHANCE to pass the
college FRESHMAN LEVEL of the same four subjects only (that is the
FRESHMAN LEVEL English, Mathematics, Reading and Science courses)
and NOTHING ELSE. Verify at
Please note that being just "ACT Ready" does not indicate
that a child is prepared for the better paying future jobs even on
the lowest level, especially jobs that relate to any future
science, engineering or economics courses. It must be obvious that
those students who are not ACT Ready, are likely to remain
unemployed most of their lives.
Let me tell you how fast technologies are moving ahead. Ten
years ago a $1,000 computer had the same computing power as a mouse
brain. By 2025 a $1,000 computer will be much smaller, but with the
same computing power as a human brain. By 2045 the $1,000 computer
will be very tiny; it's peripheral devices will change very
significantly, brain implants will be used for raising IQ and
knowledge levels. By 2045 the $1000 computer computing power will
exceed the power of ALL HUMAN BRAINS ON THIS EARTH COMBINED (source
is Ray Kurtzweil, PhD, recipient of 21 honorary doctorates,
Google's V.P. of technology). His forecasts have been MORE THAN 80%
accurate for the past 30 years). Today's children will be alive
then, and so will be our grandchildren. Robotics is advancing just
as fast as computers, along with many other technologies, and will
replace the jobs of those students who are not ACT Ready by 2024
or before. Many college education based careers, such as
accounting, nursing, teaching, and many more unless such
individuals continued an earnest learning effort to stay ahead of
robotics for employment. Our high school education is already
seriously behind many nations as of 2019, and there is no sign of
any improvement. Japan started this serious continuing education 30
years ago. We do have a couple of dozen high schools with close to
100% ACT Readiness, But some states like Tennessee do not have
any, and if one writes to the governors of the low performing
states, there will be no answer from anyone. We will see a huge
group of new sciences and technologies become very active by 2022:
nanotechnology that will change most engineering design and
manufacturing activities with major cost-reduction, robotics with
nanometer resolution of components in design (nanometer = one
millionth of a meter) including invisible and cognitive robotics at
a much lower cost, and space science, whose high speed, antigravity
engines among other things will create even greater benefits than
the automobile industry did - IF WE TURN AROUND OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS
SIGNIFICANTLY. OTHERWISE, OTHER NATIONS WILL BENEFIT, THOSE WHO
MAINTAINED AN EXCELLENT K-12 EDUCATION SYSTEM.
Technology changes always eliminate low-level jobs with
robotics, and bring many jobs with better pay, but requiring much
more education. We fell behind in education and that will create a
big problem that we are already feeling.
ACT already has a new term for READINESS for jobs that
will ensure a proper income for a family of four
It is called STEM ACT, it includes Calculus, Chemistry,
Biology and Physics and the ACT score must be at or above 26,
which will gradually increase. The education systems were teaching
all this in the higher-performing international countries and in
some Northern US states 40 or more years ago.
Our public education has fallen behind starting more than 50
years ago. We became the highest spending country per student. We
dropped to the bottom of the industrialized countries in 2016. Our
governors and state departments of education leadership did a
terrible job. All governors spent more money on education since
1970, but not on things that would increase learning as measured by
the ACT scores. Those sciences that are coming in a couple of
years, will need even more, far better prepared high school
INTERESTING OBSERVATION: SINCE 1970 WE SPENT MORE EVERY YEAR TO
THIS DAY AND BECAME THE HIGHEST SPENDER. BUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIGH
SCHOOL GRADUATES DECLINED. YET QUITE A FEW GOVERNORS WANTED TO BE
REMEMBERED AS THE "EDUCATION GOVERNOR". We wrote to our current and
prior Tennessee governors specific questions about our poorly
performing public education system during the last ten years. We
did not receive a single response from them or anyone else for
them. Not a single letter. BUT THERE WAS NOT A SINGLE GOVERNOR IN
MORE THAN 50 YEARS, WHO SEEING THIS TREND SINCE 1970 STOOD UP TO
INITIATE A FORENSIC AUDIT (THIS IS AN INVESTIGATIVE AUDIT) TO
EXAMINE WHERE THE MONEY GOES. WHEN PERFORMANCE IS BAD, YOU HAVE TO
CORRECT INTERNAL PROBLEMS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION, INSTEAD OF
SPENDING MORE MONEY AFTER THE CHILDREN GRADUATED FOR SOME FORM OF
SUPPLEMENTAL TRAINING. REVERSING A POOR 12-YEAR EDUCATION COSTS A
FORTUNE, AND IT DOES NOT MAKE MUCH DIFFERENCE IN THE POOR
Who is going to "pay" for making such a
Let's look at the high
schools' performance also in the Knox County School District in
Tennessee. What becomes obvious right away is the fact that
performance of the high schools varies between mostly poor and some
average, but less than one percent are in a high enough performance
area that delivers 90% ACT Readiness. In some countries all public
schools are in this high performance area. Ours is the result of
teacher and principal skill levels being too low, teacher subject
education, selection and how well they fit the teaching profession
does not exist and both elected boards and superintendents not
being trained well enough. This is not the teachers' and
principals' fault. It is the fault of low standards by the state
education department, and ultimately the governors. This is a huge
problem that is unaddressed to this day.
Excellent high school
graduates with 90%+ readiness are very important for any country.
We do not have enough of them. But we do have many in high school
and even in college graduates who are far from being ready. College
professors and employers are complaining about the poor training of
high school graduates: they cannot read and write properly, don't
know basic math and have a bad attitude. Public high school
graduates "feed" our universities and all of our industrial and
governmental workforces. We have been paying one of the highest
rates per student in the world in elementary and high schools, but
our public high school performance fell behind other industrialized
nations, with only 25% readiness. That means that your child may
have received a diploma but not enough education to be prepared to
Please look at the graph
below. A diploma is a promise by any state or nation that
indicates the recipient to be ready to become a productive member
of society in terms of future needs of employers. I am
very sorry, but this performance in Tennessee or nationally is so
bad, that around 75% of those to whom we give a diploma are not
ready nationally, and more than 80% of high school graduates with a
diploma in Tennessee are not ready. The public pays in taxes one of
the highest amounts per student in the world and receive a totally
unacceptable job for it. The state education departments do things
that make the grades look better than the students' knowledge
warrants by far, to keep graduating students in school to graduate
them, who know less and less. If such misrepresentations
were done with the public's education using the public's money to
damage the public's children, THEN WHAT HAVE WE BECOME AS A NATION?
CERTAINLY NOT A GOD-FEARING NATION AS WE WERE, BUT A NATION OF
SATAN'S PAEDOFILIA WITH THE KILLING OF BABIES WITH FAMOUS NAMES IN
POLITICS ENJOYING IT AND NO TRIALS FOR SUCH MURDERS. We
showed that the readiness definition of high school graduates is too
optimistic for official eyes, but the truth is significantly worse.
The public is not informed of this, and is told false stories by
the political and education leadership. WHY IS IT THAT WE TOLERATE
SUCH PEOPLE IN ANY LEADERSHIP POSITION? ARE WE JUST ACCEPTING AGAIN
STATUS QUO BECAUSE IT IS TO HARD TO FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT
The product, service, and
work quality of all industries depend on how good a job a country's
public education is doing. Many other countries improved much
better their public high school education to have a better
workforce then we did. A better educated workforce can create
better products and services and increasing profitability that in
turn creates more tax income for their country. We compete with
foreign companies' products at home and in any other country. We
see our and foreign products everywhere. WE HAVE BEEN
COMPETING WORLDWIDE FOR MANY DECADES. LET THERE BE NO DOUBT THAT
FOR THIS REASON, OUR HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION MUST BECOME MUCH BETTER
TO BE COMPETITIVE WITH THE BEST IN THE WORLD. WE ARE NOWHERE NEAR
THAT. PEOPLE WHO DO NOT KNOW AND BELIEVE THAT WE MUST IMPROVE OUR
EDUCATION RESULTS, SHOULD NOT BE WORKING WITHIN PUBLIC EDUCATION OR
ABOVE IT. We did not improve. Lower high school education
hurts our workforce, and our national income cannot be sustained
that way. We could not generate enough national income,
necessitating borrowing that becomes our high national debt, on
which we have to pay interest that "controlling outsider group".
More about them later.
have a major illiteracy problem in the USA everywhere and we are
doing nothing about it. Why? Please click on it to read
it. Just answer this: how can your child learn and live if+++++++
the school graduates him, but he cannot read, cannot do basic math
and he thinks that the world owes him a much better
New technologies have been
increasing more and more rapidly over the years. New technologies
replace some old jobs and create some new jobs for which employees
need more technically educated workers. Our high school performance
must keep pace with technology-related improvements. Unfortunately,
we fell behind.
New technologies are the
tools that enable our industries to develop more competitive
products and services in a global mark. Any country we visit
internationally, we see products and services from many other
countries. Several decades ago, I traveled regularly to many
countries. American products were the most popular then. We lost
For any medium-to-large
American corporation of any industry, the sale and service income
that comes from other countries is important enough to make or
break that corporation's or industry's survival. We lost several
industries in the past, that we dominated, such as consumer
electronics, heavy machinery, and so on. It also impacts the income
of our nation. International income for a US corporation can easily
exceed domestic income. When the national income declines, we
borrow more money, and the national debt must increase on which we
have to pay interest. Internationally competitive education is
therefore very important for successful survival.
Our high school performance
declined during the last 50 years by the state education
departments, to a lower level than many other nations. Examples of
these actions are objectives, and operating plans that do not work,
low employee standards were allowed in school districts. As if that
was not enough, reduction of pass/fail points in the state tests to
show better grades, weak rules to manage discipline problems. We
are showing a simple chart above and below that shows the poor
performance over a 19-year period. Not a single governor stood up
in 50 years to stop the expense increase annually until education
results are turned around, which would be the normal thing to do
without exception. Not a single governor-initiated action during
this long period that increased academic results, meaning no one
changed any management or operational mistakes WITHIN THE SCHOOLS
that caused the poor results, as many nations’ results passed us. What creates such huge problems?
"Political Management", when education requires normal large-scale
organizational management to be successful. Why is such a thing
happening? Because public education organizations do not understand
and train school district superintendents and management people in
state education departments in post-MBA management-level subjects.
THIS IS A BIG MISTAKE. Such a decline means that this is not an
accidental or random activity but one that is directed purposefully
by a "controlling outsider group". It is combined with poor
teacher training on the university level with other fields remaining on the usual high level, and major operational
and financial management decisions are handed over to more
than 13,500 locally elected school boards whose voting majority and school district and state management is not
trained and experienced enough to solve the low performance problem we have nationally in every state. Our political leadership justifies this with the argument that the best ideas for how to teach our children and improve education come only from the local population of our schools via elected school board members. THAT may have been an acceptable idea 100-150 years ago, but less and less so during the past 75-100 years where increasing technological and scientific developments created increasingly competitive national economies worldwide that required an increase in public education to increase the knowledge of the national workforce. If a nation did not do that, the workforce is fed with less and less educated high school graduates that declines the competitiveness of a nation’s industries. What that
creates is an annual decline. It is undeniable that federal high level politicians and political appointees are very smart people who would NORMALLY act in accordance with the US Constitution, and would not allow the systematic deterioration of public high school output that feeds the national workforce. Such action would weaken the competitiveness of our various industries, reducing their income in a competitive world. That in turn would reduce our national tax income and increase our taxes or more likely would increase our national debt. BUT, THE US PUBLIC EDUCATION HAS DECLINED COMPARED TO MANY OTHER NATIONS, THE ACT SCORES HAVE NOT INCREASED IN THE LAST TWO DECADES, POSSIBLY LONGER, AND “ACT READINESS”, A FAIRLY LOW STANDARD COMPARED TO INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION, IS ONLY AROUND 20% OF ALL THOSE WHO GRADUATE FROM PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS. THIS IS A TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE RESULT, THAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS MISREPRESENT TO THE PUBLIC AND TELL PARENTS THAT “ALL CHILDREN ARTE NOT CREATED BY GOD TO BE COLLEGE MATERIAL, BUT YOUR CHILD COULD LEARN A PROFESSION AND MAKE A GOOD LIVING!”>
When people are part of a
poorly performing organization for 2-4 years, they get used to it and
accept it as normal, or even as a good organization. That is where we are. We know from the ACT
graph that poor performance existed for at least 19 years and
likely more. That means that a turnaround
in performance with the same poorly performing people would be
possible only with very firm management, not allowing for any
compromise between the old and new practices. That would
require new management methods that work in every school district, with retired
managers from other industries to get the necessary experience. How much of a problem
would that be? No problem at all. The low high school performance
appears to be least understood by politicians and people in
education at all levels. If they understood the problems in our
education, and if they had ACT or S.A.T. score-based standards,
with annual objectives, and annual operating plans in each and every school
with measurable monthly academic objectives (e.g., GPA based) for each supervisory or
management person, then we would have seen increasing ACT and
www.education100.org is about how we could fix our failing public
education. Public education is the most important national
strategic problem that is more destructive than any other external
enemy could be. We see a trend emerging among corporations and
government to take over high school education initially because
Public Education is not improving, does not graduate well-prepared
graduates. The Internet is full of excellent tutorials, and also the
presentations of the best university professors' presentations, and
outstanding tutorials on any primary or secondary school subject, and a
growing number of undergraduate university-level subjects that are
getting improved with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to increase a
child's or adult's interest beyond what a teacher could do with existing teacher training. We
present some of these below. Several of our best universities, like
M.I.T., Stanford and others already offer a high school diploma for
a very low cost through the Internet, including even "laboratory
exercises" using simulation and Artificial Intelligence.
It appears that our public schools do not want to improve
because they have done so poorly for many years and probably cannot
change because what must be done they see as an impossibility. We
do not need to keep asking them to improve. There are already far
superior systems in the works to replace them, and as they lose
students, and as the public discovers the poor job most of them are
doing, better solutions will take off like wildfire.
We often hear from Washington
politicians speaking in the name of the public. "The American
people have been asking for xyz" that the politicians are
proposing. However, most of the time, we have not read or heard
ever American people asking for what the politicians are
proposing. We hear many public comments about our
children's poor education,
government regulations choking medical services with regulations,
but we do not hear legislators proposing anything about those.
Although several governors spent millions on education projects,
just to be known as the "education governor" after they leave, the
ACT or SAT scores did not improve. It could be predicted from
the start that such programs will not improve the high percentage
of children, like 80% (increasing and not improving) who were
graduated unprepared. Our education system declined since 1970 as
our spending per student became the highest in the world. Not a
single governor, nor any president, nor any Republican or Democrat
has done anything to improve the ACT or SAT scores. Not one!
The day is not far when large groups of American parents will find
out that they have been dumbed down, and so were their children.
About 80-90% of their children graduated from high school and
received a diploma. However, more than 80% of the 90% that
graduated are unprepared with minimum wage jobs that will go to
robotics within a few years. One wonders why we are spending the
most money per child in the world, wasting many billions of dollars every year
for a poor education system.
It is a basic human
characteristic to give priority to short-term problems and the
noisiest crowd demanding anything, delaying action to fix much more
serious long-term issues. That is a problem. We have
already wasted many years to fix public education without any
change. That means that there will be a price to pay, but not as
high as it will become if we continue to ignore the public
"There is a plot in this country to enslave every man,
women, and child. Before I leave this high and noble office, I
intend to expose this plot."
John F. Kennedy
President, United States
Seven days later, he was assassinated. What did he
High Schools' Focus:
Vocational Or General Education On A Much Higher Level Than
It is very obvious in the graph that we have done a terrible
job of educating our children in public schools, that will hurt
them badly when they are trying to g a better job. The education
community recognizes the problem, they cannot solve the problem,
they have no idea what to do or purposefully DO NOT WANT TO SOLVE
THE PROBLEM, AND THEY PURPOSEFULLY MISINFORM THE PUBLIC ABOUT
SCHOOL PERFORMANCE. THAT IS CALLED LYING TO THE PUBLIC WHO PAY FOR
EVERYTHING THEY HAVE BECAUSE WE PAY PER STUDENT THE HIGHEST RATE
PER STUDENT. Our results should be much better, but instead, we
dropped to the bottom of the industrialized countries.
I met with the heads of pediatric neurology and pediatric
psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, to discuss
brain development issues, and specifically at what age can one
determine the specific vocational direction for a child and can
that brain development be altered for vocational preference through
what the child hears, reads, sees on T.V. The answer is "no". The part of the brain that creates vocational preference does not complete its development until 20 years of age. Public schools stressing vocational choice even before high school and not educating children well enough about reading, writing, mathematics, and sciences, is a big mistake. If
anyone disagrees with what I am writing here, speak with a
neurologist. If you have a different opinion from a neurologist,
please let us know his name and number.
We need to consider two things: improvement of general education for high school
students and not pushing vocational decisions in high school or before.
There are many vocations and many of the better universities that
require a 30 or higher ACT average to be accepted, to show that
the student can complete the degree for such programs.
Our high schools are struggling with low ACT scores in public
education. High schools are at an average ACT score of 15-22,
with 30-90% of the students not ready or prepared of those
graduates for any job above minimum wage. At this ACT range, the
primary and high school education of the child is inferior. Most
graduates are not prepared well enough, but we give them a diploma.
BIG MISTAKE. Having a vocational desire is worthless if the child
graduates poorly prepared. That is why more than 80% of the
graduates in Tennessee are not ready for more than minimum wage
jobs. The highest priority task for public schools must be to
become as good as the best ten countries in education became. THAT
MEANS HAVING AN OBJECTIVE PER SCHOOL DISTRICT OF AN AVERAGE ACT
SCORE THAT IS MINIMUM 10% HIGHER THAN THE AVERAGE ACT SCORE
ACHIEVED THE YEAR BEFORE. But the Departments of Education in the
states is focusing on graduation ONLY, with extremely low
graduation requirements, focusing parents on graduation only as if
that was a reasonable goal. IF OUR STATE DEPARTMENTS OF EDUCATION
IGNORE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AS WE HAVE BEEN DOING FOR YEARS, with
most schools telling the parents that all is fine, they are lying
to the public. MOST OF OUR CHILDREN WILL BE UNEMPLOYED. It is vital
to raise math and science scores higher than ACT 26. Schools
must focus on getting much better performance and not waste time
with more than academic course achievement when their performance
is so poor. But the next point is even a better reason.
Teachers believe that vocational suitability depends on what the
child sees or reads or movies or parental opinion, the teachers, or
any other information source. THAT IS INCORRECT. Brain development
is ready between 18-20 years from a vocational perspective.
Intelligence appears to be defined by birth (amygdala). Genetics
have some influence. The child's image may be distracted by others
favoring some profession, but this is a very specialized
development in the brain. The objective is for the child to be in a
vocation where the child will be happy, enjoying the job because
that is where he/she will be most successful. What we are doing is
misleading the student. He may complete required education based on
the schools' pushing them so that he will discover that he hates
that job that the school "sold" him. So, schools could be most
helpful if they improve the ACT-measured academic education of the
children at a much higher level than they do currently and stop
pushing them toward a vocation.
Vocational testing can be very accurate with the right test. We
used it in my division with about 700 people we hired, and these
two tests were precise. One is called the Strong Interest
Inventory, and the other is the Myers-Briggs Intelligence
Inventory. Download both from the Internet for about $130 for both.
But have the child take it after 19 years of age. And the two tests
must be correlated by a vocational psychologist with a PhD.
Outstanding Learning Aids For Both Teachers And
Students From Ten Sources
- Khan Academy: Outstanding. The
best in this group. Any subject, any grade, most useful.
- The Great Courses
presentations from the best professors in the USA in any subject. Many of them include an entire semester or year of the
subject, and huge discounts are offered on a group of courses
- Brightstorm has an outstanding
collection of the best high school teachers for every single lesson
Culture, great educational resources.
best math resources for teachers
Courses for K-12 and personal interest from the best
of study/learning skills
OpenCourseWare covering high school
- SKILLSHARE is loaded with
thousands of job-skill tutorials for jobs or pleasure
It is not possible to turn around bad performance
without ALL OF THE ABOVE STEPS. In 2016 we were the highest
spenders per student in the world. We dropped to 40th in
mathematics internationally that year, among 15-year-old high
school children and that is very bad news. We spent and kept
spending the people's money for public education, our hard-earned
tax dollars. But the poor job we did and do in public education
will result in massive joblessness for our children and
grandchildren for life. Whose job was it and is it to deliver one
of the highest results for the high spending in education? The
money was enough, but where did it go? Certainly not for the right
people in the right places in education districts. The remedy would
be a forensic audit of medium to large school districts, and
changing people and projects that have not been productive.
Our employers have been complaining since 2000
about high school graduates not knowing how to read, write, follow
instructions, don't know even basic math and have a bad attitude on
the job. Our employers cannot find enough potential employees who
are trained well enough now for more than ten years.
Example: Two different high school graduate cashiers could not
figure out recently what change they owe me if I pay a $23.00 item,
with a $50.00 bill. When I asked them why, they told me that "We
are not math majors, and we will not need math in the future." They
said that the teacher told them. No school in the entire country
should graduate a single student like that.
How advanced are we as a country? We already
started with very serious space activity with the U.S. Air Force,
the U.S. Navy, and their subcontractors BEFORE 1970. They
reverse-engineered crashed U.F.O.'s during the prior ten years.
They developed 65 space vehicles with antigravity engines and two
mother ships by 1983 with presence in space. They put a large space
station in earth orbit named after Werner von Braun, the brilliant
German scientist. We have been traveling at close to the speed of
light to other plans for the past few years. This information has
been recently declassified. President Trump announced the formation
of a sixth branch of the US Military, The USA Space Force in
September 2019. This is important because new technological
discoveries or releases into our business environment affect what
public schools must teach. The ACT performance chart we have
here clearly shows that this fact has been ignored by our public
That part of our world, having operated under
THE "black budget", is fifty years ahead of what the general public
is aware of in new technology related to interstellar travel. We
are about to take a much
greater technological step than at any time before, starting in
2023 with cognitive robotics, space technology, and
nanotechnology. The impact will be enormous worldwide.
If we do not catch up with our public schools, most of our children
will be jobless for life. We could not depend on our schools to do
this. It is possible that our school system will not improve like
in the past 50 years. Parents need to learn to ensure a much better
education for their children. DO NOT DEPEND TOTALLY ON THE SCHOOLS
THAT THEY WILL IMPROVE, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT IMPROVE IN THE PAST.
Remember that no one will volunteer and admit to you that they or
their organization is doing a poor job. Especially when the
government guarantees their income.
Our space and robotics efforts have been
advancing many areas of science. That will also add to the pressure
very soon to raise high school graduates' employability standards
for public high schools. We have fallen behind during the last few
decades. Our high schools were already behind a dozen other nations
around 1990-2000, contributing to a weakened workforce. We lost
several industries that we used to dominate (e.g., computers,
radios, T.V., automobile - partly recovered, heavy machinery, and
many more). Why? Because education performance declined. New
technologies generally require automation. Automation is expensive.
Our competitor countries created a much more liberal tax policy for
depreciation of " capital equipment". China, for example, automated
on an enormous scale both design and manufacturing, reducing the
big expenses of innovating with new products. They also created
super excellent high schools to educate many excellent high school
graduates. For this reason, the new technologies coming in
2021-2022 will have a much greater technological impact on what our
children should be learning in high school. By now in 2019, because
the robotic impact on jobs will be massive on high school graduates
and much greater than expected on many jobs that required a
Future jobs that will be most immune to robotic
takeover will be those jobs that require in any combination,
advanced degrees in sciences, mathematics, and economics, with
excellent communications skills.
So far, as we see below in the ACT test
results chart, we have not been educating our children well enough
for the LAST TWO DECADES. However, we started increasing education
spending since 1970, possibly earlier, but the results went
nowhere. The future new technologies WILL make most of them
jobless, as well as creating a big employee-deficiency problem for
employers. THAT WILL RAISE THE DEMAND FOR COGNITIVE ROBOTICS
HIGHER. This will be the immediate result of our state
political leadership being misinformed about major technology
advances for lack of interest in state organizations.
A couple of changes are needed now in the areas
recommended in order to minimize the damage to the new generation
and to our corporations' business. This will put many jobless young
people on the major social problems IF NOT REMEDIED
NOW. Since the decline of public education started damaging the
workforce several decades ago, our national income has not been
healthy enough. We resorted to a huge increase in the national debt
to survive, whose interest rates are costing us many billions.
This, in turn, is seriously limiting our success in managing
ourselves out of the increase in social problems, with all of this
being the result of our political leadership TOTALLY IGNORING
PUBLIC EDUCATION. To improve schools, investigate what we are
saying here, believe what you find on your own, recognizing that
the truth never comes from the organizations that are related to
the problem you are investigating.
We do have some outstanding public schools in
the U.S.A., who are not just 25% ready upon graduation like we are,
but even 100% ready. Click
here to see them. That is why the average ACT scores and
ACT Readiness percentages in the chart below show that 75-85% of
OUR public high school graduates in Tennessee and in a number of
other states ARE NOT PREPARED for what employers needed now for
more than a decade. The U.S. average is not much bter. The result
is that more than 80% of our children who graduate with a diploma
from our public high schools are not prepared to learn any job
beyond 2022 because space activities, cognitive robotics together
with nanotechnology will raise the employers' technical
requirements for high school graduates.
The results did, and will depend on the
governors and how they improve education, especially in states like
Tennessee. If they keep doing things for education that do not
raise the ACT scores, as all states did in the past, they will
achieve WORSE RESULTS INSTEAD OF IMPROVING PUBLIC EDUCATION. The
state education departments do things that lower the knowledge of
graduates, making them unacceptable to employers, like changing the
state tests with Cut Scores. BUT OUR SCHOOLS WILL GRADUATE THEM
WITH HIGHER GRADES AND LESS KNOWLEDGE BY LOWERING THE PASS/FAIL
POINTS IN THE TESTS, AS THEY HAVE DONE BEFORE FOR DECADES.
VERY IMPORTANT: The biggest problem that always
happens when among poor performers for a number of years, IS THE
ACCEPTANCE OF BAD PERFORMANCE AS NORMAL. Very few organizations
admit that they are doing a bad job. They accept that this is the
best they can do and go out of business. And it is much harder to
work under such circumstances than if the organization is doing an
excellent job. Public Education is a massive organization, with a
massive union, and a lot of money guaranteed by the government,
therefore they do not want to improve anything so that they are
compitive and our children are employable. They are comfortable.
They are virtually a monopoly with a 90% "mark share." A fairly
large number of companies are making money out of the fact that
education performance is poor, and those organizations make money
off of poor educational performance, AND IMPROVE NOTHING. We have
been performing poorly with public education for decades. As a
result, even governors react rather softly to education problems
and change nothing. WE MUST CHANGE.
In my experience, the best organization's in
the world, and their results would be a very good choice as a
five-year goal at an average ACT score of 30. Today on September
2, 2019, I paid a $23 item in a store with a $50 bill. Cash
register did not work. The person at the cash register could not
figure out how much she needs to pay me back. A second store
employee came to help, and he could not figure out the change, so I
told them that the change I am to g back is $27. They both told me
that " "we are not math majors! We are not going to need math in
the future." They graduated from high school two years ago.
We need well qualified high school graduates
today. All of them! Unfortunately, more than 80% are poorly
qualified. The reason is that teacher training quality also dropped
here to read about it). And we saw many management people in
education, who had no management training and had no idea what to
do. A very good teacher is a very special person and harder to find
than people in many other professions. Too many went into teaching
because they could not handle their originally selected major,
heard that teaching was the easiest, so they changed to study
teaching. It all adds together into a huge problem.
The Greek Symbol of Knowledge and Wisdom
Athena, ~ 480 BC
What Is "ACT Readiness"?
ACT Testing System description
ACT Readiness Standards
The ACT College Readiness Benchmarks are scores that represent
the level of achievement required for students to have a 50% chance
of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C
or higher in corresponding credit-bearing courses.* Benchmarks have
been established for the ACT and ACT Aspire subject-area tests and
the supplemental STEM and ELA scores.
The ACT Readiness Benchmarks for ACT Aspire are linked to the
ACT College Readiness Benchmarks.
The ACT Benchmarks and their interpretation.
ACT is the largest testing company that tests 59% of
U.S.A. students. They established a four-subject benchmark since
2010. The benchmarks were identifying those graduates who could go
on with education or be able to learn a job, based on what
employers needed. In 2006 ACT concluded that the knowledge
needed to learn a job and the knowledge needed to start college,
have become the same. ACT named it then as ACT Readiness. In
2010 they started working on meing the rising requirements for
public colleges to create a benchmark to indicate a 50-75%
probability of passing college freshman courses with the same
subject name as the subjects in the benchmark. ACT called this
College or Career Readiness (C.C.R.). As of 2019, ACT
is working on different categories of C.C.R. or Readiness, e.g.,
S.T.E.M.C.C.R., because the job requirements are growing as new
technologies appear. S.T.E.M.C.C.R. has more than four benchmarks,
and it is the benchmark that best indicates where our children need
to be now until 2025, and then you will see higher benchmarks
because the needs of the employers will keep rising as a result of
new technologies. Unfortunately, it appears that our
public education will continue to decline because today, they are
not willing to learn and elevate U.S. education. We fell behind
since 1970. That all means that today's ACT Readiness does not
and will not be enough to some jobs already and all jobs in the future.
Especially with the arrival of cognitive robotics and
nanotechnology by 2023 many other science jobs, engineering and
manufacturing jobs will change, producing much better quality and
higher performing products. Any testing company depends
financially on the public education system, and under such
circumstances, we hope that they show fair results. In such a
situation, they will not be aggressive. They will be a little soft.
Please understand this very well. We fell seriously behind in public education.
Copyright(c) 2008-2020 V. Spencer
This is a work in progress.
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