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The secret ingredient in the process known as "the deliberate dumbing down of America" is a general recalibrating, redefining, and readjusting of every norm, every standard, everything once thought settled.
The basic idea is to get rid of anything challenging, so that every child can get a B or even an A. Or give them the B anyway.
In matters of crime and punishment, Sen. Moynahan called this process "defining deviancy down."
We are now all part of a process that can be called "defining education down." What used to be the usual goals in middle school are now the goals in high school. Soon they may be the goals of college.
Instead of trying to improve the public schools, our Education Establishment has declared that our schools are wonderful and our students are the best. This re-norming of everything guarantees that schools remain mediocre.
Seriously, what if we spoke honestly about our goals and trying to reach them? What if we looked at the goals that were typically accepted as normal 50 years ago and asked the question: could we do this now? How can we do this now?
Here is a new article on American Thinker about the subject: "K-12: Defining Education Down"