DISCRIMINATION COST IOWA K-12 STUDENTS 9 GRADE LEVELS

11-20-17

Greetings, Legislature Education Committees, Iowa Association of School Boards and all—

 Please forward this post to all Iowa school boards.  Thank you.

This post shows how discrimination cost Iowa K-12 students 9 grade levels and how failed education fixes cost Iowa taxpayers $232.5 billion to date—and continuing.  Failed education is a plague on Iowa and Iowans!

The following is a list of discrimination acts against Iowa K-12 students practiced through the years.   The  numbers in red are for total negative resultant impacts while those in black are total positive resultant impacts, to date.  Classical education in place prior to 1900 is the baseline measure.  Anyone claiming to have better numbers is asked to provide them.

IMPACTS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST IOWA K-12 STUDENTS

·      The U.S. education system went off the classical system of concepts (understanding rather than memorization) in 1900 (while the rest of the world continued with it), using the rationalization of discriminatory eugenics that it was impossible to educate immigrants and various demographic groups.  – 6 whole grade levels

·      After the Supreme Court 1954 decision in Brown vs Board of Education (integrating schools), the education system changed completely to memorization and gave up teaching concepts altogether, thus abandoning learning styles not compatible with this, but continuing to place the blame for poor proficiencies on the same demographics groups they had been discriminating against for fifty years up to that point (completely ignoring students with difficulties who did not fit neatly into these groups.  – 2.5 grade levels

·      While the 1954 decision set off the Civil Rights Movement, southern states nearly caused another civil war in their attempt to keep their discriminatory Jim Crow laws of discrimination in place. -.1 grade level

·      In a similar manner, when Congress enacted No Child Left Behind in 2002 to stop the imbedded discrimination in education and put it back on the track of mind-developing concepts for in-depth problem-solving, Iowa educators staged a rebellion similar to the southern states of the 1950s and 1960s in an attempt to keep their version of “Jim Crow” discrimination in place. - .1  grade level

·      Iowa fought to keep this discrimination in place until the updated Every Student Succeeds Act of December 2016, when they stopped using this excuse as rationalization for low standards and no knowledge of concepts (as they embarrassed the state by attempting to write concept-based curriculum). - .3 grade level

·      The Iowa ESSA plan to close one of the largest achievement gaps in the country continues the discrimination by using low standards.  -.2 grade level

·      The Supreme Court continues to make rulings on how this discrimination violates the civil rights of students being discriminated against, citing Amendment 14 of the Constitution as the basis for these rights. +.2  grade level

Total net change 9 grade levels.   Thinking and problem solving skills have suffered most.  And you can confirm this by listening to complaints from  employers and highly capable educators, such as Dr. Sue Atkinson, who prepared this post.

What Iowa should have been doing all of this time they discriminated, was continue to reassess their teaching methods and curriculum so all learning styles were being addressed.  This is what the rest of the world has continued doing to out-educate us – and it is what an increasing number of states are figuring out (pushing Iowa rankings on NAEP lower as scores remain stagnant).  The following lists the failed fixes Iowa educators perpetrated on students, parents and taxpayers, to no avail excepting raising school costs!

IOWA’S  FAILED FIXES FOR DISCRIMINATION ETC. 

The following unrefuted table shows the costs of Iowa’s failed education fixes for the symptoms of student discrimination.

EDUCATORS WASTED $212.9 BILLION ON 11 FAILED EDUCATION FIX FAILURES

And The Waste Continues Unquestioned To This Day

GOVERNOR BRANSTAD AND SENATOR MIKE GRONSTAL APPROVED OF AT LEAST $187 BILLION EDUCATION WASTE.  Source: Iowalive & Others  11-20-17

DESCRIPTION OF EDUCATION FIX FAILURES FOISTED ON IA SCHOOL  BOARDS & TAXPAYERS. 

ESTIMATED NET, TOTAL WASTE, AS OF 11-20-17  (BILLIONS)

HIGHER TEACHER PAY

$98.00

STATE AID TO SCHOOLS

$56.00

SPECIAL EDUCATION

$24.80

AEAs

$22.50

PHASES I, II & III TEACHER TRAINING

$8.00

SMALLER CLASS SIZE

$6.40

NEW MATH

$5.70

WHOLE LANGUAGE

$4.30

MANDATORY KINDERGARTEN

$2.40

TEACHER-IN-SERVICE DAYS

$2.30

PRESCHOOL

$0.70

TEACHER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

$0.40

ALL OTHER FAILURES

$1.00

TOTAL

$232.50

Anyone claiming to have better numbers is asked to provide them. 

Sue Atkinson, PhD

P. O. Box 301

Baxter IA 50028

641-227-3786

http://www.iowalive.net/

Sincerely,

Iowalive  A growing network of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving Iowa