And This is an Unexpected Outcome?


As I understand it, the highly touted Common Core educational curriculum is supposed to set minimum national standards for K-12 education. And since the vast majority of school districts, particularly urban districts, are unionized, there might be a problem.

After dealing with unions in an industrial setting for years, I have noticed that when minimum standards are established relative to performance, they are no longer the minimum but rather quickly become the maximum. An ambitious worker is told by his or her co-workers “Slow down. You’re making the rest of us look bad. The bosses will only raise the mimimum acceptable level of effort if they know their current standard can be surpassed.”

Well, OK, that’s probably not a direct quote, but rather words to that effect if you ignore the phrasing.

So the ambitious employee gets the message and slows down so everyone is performing at the same minimum level.

Given that, why should anyone not expect the teachers unions to operate exactly the same way? Our kids will get a minimum education, no teacher will defy their union, and we’ll “graduate” even more poorly educated kids from high schools.

Colleges, which are clearly profit driven, will have to lower their admission standards in order to fill those classrooms and dorm rooms, and we will, in a relatively short period of time, have utterly incompetent college graduates.

The only question remaining is will these newly minted college grads even try to look for work or will they go immediately to the “discouraged worker” category?

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About Jim Yardley

Retired after 30 years as a financial controller for a variety of manufacturing firms, a two-tour Vietnam veteran, and independent voter.
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