The purpose of educating a child for twelve years is to teach the basic skills he or she needs to learn in order to lead a successful, happy life. Most parents of all ages and political affiliations would agree with this. However, that fact seems to be lost on Democrat Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who recently signed a little-noticed bit of legislation stating that Oregon students don’t need to show proficiency in reading, writing, or math in order to obtain a high school diploma.
The legislation, which was originally put in place for the 2020 – 2021 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has now been extended and could last as long as five years.
Some support the move, including a high school teacher who noted that many of his students were “resigned” to being “losers.” Rather, the teacher noted, he was simply teaching his students how to pass tests rather than helping them improve their academic capabilities.
The deputy communications director from Governor Brown’s office has gushed that the bill will help people of color in the state, including African-Americans, Latinos, Tribal Americans, Asians, and Pacific Islanders. However, it’s hard to understand how giving an illiterate young person a diploma and then sending this person into society would actually help the person. He or she may be able to get into universities only concerned with having “a diverse campus.” However, it would be almost impossible for such a person to find a good job upon graduation. Rather, the individual would wind up with a diploma and a mountain of debt.
Alternatively, the individual may realize higher education is not an option but only qualify for a low-wage job, unable to buy a home or start a family until he or she is able to gain needed “real-world” skills.
This isn’t a coincidence, by the way. It’s very obvious that Democrats want to foster class-based resentment, because it’s the easiest way to create more Democratic voters. Americans who feel they can run their lives independently don’t see much of a need for progressive policies.
While public school teacher unions are calling for the federal government to give them even more money, Democrat politicians are making it clear that teachers don’t have to bother doing anything other than show up and collect a paycheck. Actually educating the children in their care is optional. Students will pass high school no matter what they do or don’t do.
Sadly, in the end, it’s the children who lose out, as without basic skills they will be unable to succeed in life.