Stupid Lawmaker Fails To Learn From Leftists



Look, I like the intent.  But, this is a fail from the start.  It’s short-sighted and frankly, it’s stupid. 

Tennessee lawmaker wants to tie welfare benefits to good grades

A Tennessee lawmaker is pushing a controversial new bill that would tie welfare benefits to students’ performance in school.   

Republican state Sen. Stacey Campfield last week introduced the legislation, which calls for the state to cut welfare benefits to parents whose kids don’t do well in class.

Currently, parents of children who receive welfare benefits through the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program can see their benefits cut by 20 percent if their child doesn’t show up for school. Campfield’s proposal goes a step further and requires students make “satisfactory academic progress.” 

“Satisfactory academic progress” would be measured based on whether a student is advancing through grade levels and how they do on standardized testing.

But state Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle told the Knoxville News Sentinel that the bill would “stack the deck against at-risk children.”

Yes, the benefits of a child progressing through school isn’t controversial.  And, there is a cycle of stupid which has been clearly identified in generational welfare recipients.  I would say, this is more of a lifestyle choice than anything else.  And the Dem senator Kyle is wrong.  It wouldn’t stack the deck against at-risk children.  We never allow that to happen in the name of equal outcome. 

However, this law fails to address a couple of realities.  One of which very few like to discuss.  And, that is that all people are born with a certain capacitance for learning.  I won’t go into the nature/nurture thing, but it is what it is.  Not everyone, regardless of the nurturing given will be able to understand the principles necessary for advanced mathematics, or, advanced anything.  Some people simply don’t possess the ability.  Sure, there are different lines of aptitude, but that’s not what I’m talking about. 

I’ll answer Campfield with a question.  Given what I’ve just shared, what is the inevitable consequence of such a law?  I’ll answer my own question.  We’ll just lower the standards.  Just like we’ve been doing for the past several decades.  If it turned out that little Johnny welfare recipient couldn’t keep up, we’d simply lower it for everyone, and in turn adversely affect children with a higher capacitance for learning. 

We are, BTW, engaged in lowering our standards, which are already woefully low.  Apparently, 1/3 of our 4th graders are functionally illiterate.  Michelle Malkin has recently written a couple of articles about the Obama administration instituting “Common Core” standards.  Here and here.  I haven’t had a chance to vet the information but, Malkin usually does a great job in such.  Some excerpts…….

While Common Core promoters assert their standards are “internationally benchmarked,” independent members of the expert panel in charge of validating the standards refute the claim. Panel member Dr. Sandra Stotsky of the University of Arkansas reported, “No material was ever provided to the Validation Committee or to the public on the specific college readiness expectations of other leading nations in mathematics” or other subjects.

In fact, Stanford University professor James Milgram, the only mathematician on the validation panel, concluded that the Common Core math scheme would place American students two years behind their peers in other high-achieving countries. In protest, Milgram refused to sign off on the standards. He’s not alone…..

Under Common Core, as the American Principles Project and Pioneer Institute point out, algebra I instruction is pushed to 9th grade, instead of 8th grade, as commonly taught. Division is postponed from 5th to 6th grade. Prime factorization, common denominators, conversions of fractions and decimals, and algebraic manipulation are de-emphasized or eschewed. Traditional Euclidean geometry is replaced with an experimental approach that had not been previously pilot-tested in the U.S.

I weep for our future. 

Ze’ev Wurman, a prominent software architect, electrical engineer and longtime math advisory expert in California and Washington, D.C., points out that Common Core delays proficiency with addition and subtraction until 4th grade and proficiency with basic multiplication until 5th grade, and skimps on logarithms, mathematical induction, parametric equations and trigonometry at the high school level.

As literature professors, writers, humanities scholars, secondary educators and parents have warned over the past three years, the new achievement goals actually set American students back by de-emphasizing great literary works for “informational texts.” Challenging students to digest and dissect difficult poems and novels is becoming passe. Utilitarianism uber alles.

English professor Mary Grabar describes Common Core training exercises that tell teachers “to read Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address without emotion and without providing any historical context. Common Core reduces all ‘texts’ to one level: the Gettysburg Address to the EPA’s Recommended Levels of Insulation.”

The person who came up with that idea needs to literally be taken out and horse whipped. 

Deconstructionism, of course, is the faddish leftwing school of thought popularized by French philosopher Jacques Derrida in the 1970s. Writer Robert Locke described the nihilistic movement best: “It is based on the proposition that the apparently real world is in fact a vast social construct and that the way to knowledge lies in taking apart in one’s mind this thing society has built. Taken to its logical conclusion, it supposes that there is at the end of the day no actual reality, just a series of appearances stitched together by social constructs into what we all agree to call reality.”

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11 Responses to Stupid Lawmaker Fails To Learn From Leftists

  1. Gene Nemetz says:


    Obama is agreeing with Rubio on immigration amnesty. Still high on Rubio?

  2. kelly liddle says:

    Thanks for the crystal ball I can see a possible future of Australia with regards to the dumbing down.

    The cutting of benefits for those who don’t send there children to school might be ok I know we are experimenting with that idea but don’t know if it is having any success. If I was the US I would wait and see what happens in Oz or anywhere else this is being done and if we can’t show it being successful then don’t waste your time and money on it. “The report said that students mostly went to school even less following payment suspensions.” This also suggests it could make the problem even worse.

    On a simular note we are going towards “food stamps” or as we refer to it income management instead of 100% cash handouts but I can’t see any advantages in the US system and see the disadvantage of making people even more dependant on the state and not needing to budget.

  3. philjourdan says:

    You also forgot to point out that the legislator’s plan includes a healthy dose of responsibility. An anathema when combined with any government program.

  4. cdquarles says:

    Algebra 1 in the 9th grade? What? Back in the day, the school system in my area did ‘tracking’ where everyone took the Stanford-Binet and ‘grouped’ by track. The highest scoring and/or kids who expressed a desire to go to college or wanted to challenge themselves, were put on that track. Students who made the grades (94 to 100 required to earn an “A”, 69 or lower earned an “F”) stayed in the track, and generally all took the same ‘core curriculum’ classes. For 4 years, I was in the same classes with the same 30 students, excepting Band/French/Physical Education classes. I graduated 10th and was the youngest ever to get a diploma from my high school, ever(?). I took Algebra 1 in the 7th grade, and if you wanted to take Band, you had to keep your grades up. My own children never had to face those kinds of standards (they grew up in a different community) but the state standards had already declined (ed fads being popular with the Teacher’s Union, which dominated the legislature then, now, not so much). Folk complained that they were too easy on us. I wonder what those greybeards then would think of what we have now 🙂 (rhetorical)?

    • cdquarles says:

      Oh yeah there were 171 people in my class at graduation, down from 200 or so freshmen (some deaths, moves, and dropouts did occur, and you could ‘drop out’ at 16; with a few ‘incorrigible students’ being forced into ‘reform school’.

      • cdquarles says:

        Oh yeah, I forgot. The students who were athletes also had to keep their grades up. Failure to do so got you kicked off the team (playoff bound or not).

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