Dan Gelber’s June 21 Other Views article, He ‘dumbed down’ Florida schools, sheds much needed light on Jeb Bush’s claim to be a champion of education.
Dan Gelber says, “It’s remarkable that folks who so revere free-market principles can believe that outputs have nothing to do with inputs.” A fair comment.
However, the larger goal of fostering a culture of simple-minded adherence to authoritarian, anti-scientific “leaders,” while eviscerating the middle class to create an economy of “haves” and “have nots,” is well served.
Outputs not mentioned but also noteworthy: the reduction and diversion of resources for educating special-needs students; the retirement of experienced, qualified educators; the influx of newer teachers brought up in this regime, some of whom lack the curiosity and imagination to bring out the best in their students.
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Dulling both the mind, through reduced exposure to science, art, history and civics, sounds exactly like the output desired by some free marketeers.
This is a populace that evidently either doesn’t care or doesn’t know what is happening around them and is willing to believe even things as patently false as Bush’s claim to be a champion of education.
Timothy W. Harrington, Miami