There are many theories pushed forward as the possible cause yet they all miss the mark, imho. Illegal immigration is but a symptom of the malady as is political correctness. Some would point to the teachers unions and their push for more while doing less - an activity not uncommon to all union efforts. Urbanization is yet another scapegoat for the continuing downward spiral of our Nation's education standard.
NONE touch the root cause.
Here's the article that sparked this edition: http://www.newswithviews.com/Wooldridge/frosty848.htm
Herein lies the core of the issue:
"In two landmark decisions, Engel v. Vitale (1962) and Abington School District v. Schempp (1963), the US Supreme Court established what is now the current prohibition on state-sponsored prayer in schools. While the Engel decision held that the promulgation of an official state-school prayer stood in violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause (thus overruling the New York Courts’ decisions), Abington held that Bible readings and other (state) school-sponsored religious activities were prohibited. Following these two cases came the Court's decision in Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971), a ruling that established the Lemon test for religious activities within schools. The Lemon test states that in order to be constitutional under the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment any practice sponsored within state run schools (or other public, state sponsored activities) must adhere to the following three criteria:
- Have a secular purpose;
- Must neither advance nor inhibit religion; and
- Must not result in an excessive entanglement between government and religion."(Wikipedia)
8 ¶ "For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:
9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)
10 Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?
11 Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?
12 Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.
13 So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite’s hope shall perish:
14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider’s web.
15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure."
Result: America's youth is withering because the father's wrongly decided to eliminate God from the primary source of education. This is NOT an endorsement of statist schools, merely the exposure of the cause of the fallen standard of those who are processed through it.
Unless and until this eviction of God changes, America will continue to drop in all standards, not just education, untill there will be nothing left that remotely resembles the once great Nation of educated free men.
Can you hear that "sucking sound"? The tub is almost empty.....