An Unusual Educational Phenomenon
Education experts, most of whom have never been in front of a real school class, have been confounded by a new national study that the students in schools on military bases far outperform students in regular public schools in both reading and mathematics and in every grade tested. And, more impressively, the gap between black and white students that shows up in almost every state of the union is virtually missing when students go to public schools on military bases. Now, children of military personnel are not inherently smarter than those of civilian parents, although moving around often might help students moving into new situations, experts say. When all the variables were thought of, however, there was only one conclusion that could be drawn and that is, the kids do better because they are not subject to the federal regulations of No Child Left Behind and the draconian testing schedule that the regulation brings everybody else. Nor, are they slaves to the current president’s ridiculous “Race to the Top.” There is no test prep done in Department of Defense schools, because the tests are used solely to identify a student’s academic weaknesses and to assess the effectiveness of curriculum. “We can be more nurturing and teach more, because we don’t worry about a student’s ability to bubble in an answer on a standardized test,” one DOD principal told New York Times columnist Michael Winerup, and therein lies the answer to why DOD students, both black and white, do better. “We don’t micromanage and the individual principals and teachers decide what will be taught, not a central bureaucracy.” Perhaps New York City and its educational dictator, Michael Bloomberg, should take a look at those findings and act accordingly. He won’t, of course, because he is too busy handing over public education to his millionaire friends and their cronies.