Monday, March 17, 2008

School Corruption: Here and Now

The words School and Corruption are seldom, if ever, seen together. Why? Because most people simply refuse to believe that something so sacrosanct as school can be connected with illegal and immoral acts. We just do not expect those who are responsible for the education of our children to be capable of being irresponsible, let alone guilty of corruption. However, that is exactly what is going on.

It is time to address this huge problem. School budgets have reached the point where too many people have their hands in the pies, and when people mix with other people’s money, we should always expect problems.

Armand Fusco, former superintendent and author of “SCHOOL CORRUPTION,” writes, “School corruption takes many forms, but it falls into three main categories: I: cheating and deceit, II: waste and mismanagement, and III: fraud and stealing.” He should know. Many people sense that the schools are dishonest, but few will admit it about the schools in their community. Take a look at ours.

Category I: cheating and deceit. Let me count the ways:
About 60% of my town’s tenth graders fail the state test of basic skills based on information taught up to eighth grade, but the employees tell us that they are delivering “excellence in education.” The terrible results tell us that the school system has the children for ten years to provide an eighth grade level schooling, and still only 40% can pass according to the state. Are we being deceived about the quality of the schooling offered? Is 60% failure a high quality result?

Next, who benefits when 75% of middle schoolers are placed on the honor roll? If we know that only about 40% are at their grade level, then we know that a large portion of the kids on the honor roll are below their grade level. What’s going on? It’s called cheating by the schools, just like the times when teachers change the students’ tests in order to show a higher percent of achievement. I’ll get back to this a little later.

Are we justified in calling it cheating by the employees? You bet. It deceives the children; it deceives the parents; it deceives the community. This practice of putting failing students on honor rolls is fraud, and fraud is a form of corruption. The same goes for all the occasions when courses are dumbed down and children who do little are given passing grades. Maybe the worst example: the brightest students are ignored. They are cheated and used by the employees. Is that corrupt? You bet.

“Edspeak” is the language of school employees. It is a language designed to deceive.

There is another big category of school corruption. It is the corrupting of the very purpose of school-- that is, the education of our children. The government has never been interested in truly educating our children. Its schools’ original purpose, back in 1840 was to turn out the millions of factory workers for the industrial revolution, plus a good supply of soldiers. Government officials were clear in their requirement that the masses should not be too well educated…their goal was to train obedient workers and predictable consumers. That has not changed, in fact, academic instruction has been steadily watered down over the years while psychological conditioning has emerged as a main goal today, training our children to have certain government-approved attitudes and opinions, but not to have the creative intelligence to become leaders or innovators.

The result is a total corruption of the very idea of education. Conditioning to certain ideology is the opposite of education. Education is training children how to think; while the methods our state-run schools use are therapy, or mind-changing methods.

I'll get to catagories II and III later.


Mrs. C said...

Ned, have posted an excerpt of your article and a link on my blog.

A Bishops wife said...


I found you through mrs.C's blog.
I am putting up a link on my blog if you do not mind. You have some very important things to say.

These are some of the very reasons I began to home school my kids.

Ned Vare said...

To a bishop's wife and all,
I don't mind. In fact, the point of this is to spread the word, so I encourage you to do that, with thanks. Ned

christinemm said...

Ned thanks for another great post.

I am so surprised that Fusco wrote that book. What a turn around from working as a superintendent to exposing corruption from within the education system itself.

The freaky thing about Fusco saying those things is that the town he worked for was a quiet suburb where there was not scandal about the education budget and so on. If Fusco knows of corruption from his experience as a superintendent then such things were going on then the public was not even aware of them.

Gen from the purple of Texas said...

Here's my issue: the blame is always passed onto teachers, from the top all the way down... teachers are the scapegoats for everything. The administrators are corrupt. It is frightening. There is no recourse for a teacher when they stumble upon corruption. You keep your mouth shut, or you are bullied all the way out the door.

Andriy said...

I agree with all of this. I am above my level, but the schools have held me back because they are addicted to money. A school discriminated against my brother because he wasn't the brightest, so they tried to get him expelled so that they could be classified as an "A" grade school.

KARL said...

Good for you. I agree with your comments. I finally quit my post as a jr hs social studies teacher at a public school after 13 years. I am sick of being part of the lie that we call public education in this country.

Mitesh said...

Kevin D. Palma said...

Shit's real bro I applauds whoever wrote this but you also should mention that they took prayer outta school and that there is little to no freedom allowed in the public school system. If you disagree, you look like a fool by those who invest both their money and trust in this frivolous system

Kevin D. Palma said...

But yeah besides all of this, the real issue here is the fact that we need Jesus Christ in our lives. I only wished that they taught people about God in school but this won't happen for another lifetime~