Po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness is killing Amer­i­can schools

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Wally Hoff, El­li­cott City

It’s ironic that you placed two ar­ti­cles on ed­u­ca­tion side by side on The Sun’s op-ed page on Nov. 22. The first one, writ­ten by Jonathan David Far­ley (“Ur­ban schools will fail if dis­rup­tive stu­dents re­main”) deals with the neg­a­tive im­pact a cou­ple of dis­rup­tive stu­dents can have by wast­ing class­room time for all of the other stu­dents. His point is that two or three stu­dents can de­rail a class­room learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment into a state of chaos where lit­tle, if any, learn­ing is pos­si­ble. His con­clu­sion is that dis­rup­tive stu­dents have to be re­moved from the class­room for the good of the rest of the class. To be po­lit­i­cally cor­rect and in­sist that teach­ers must tol­er­ate and “in­clude” dis­rup­tive stu­dents is the real crime.

The sec­ond ar­ti­cle, writ­ten by Kal­man R. Het­tle­man (“A Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion won’t be good for equal­ity in ed­u­ca­tion”) is a po­lit­i­cally cor­rect di­a­tribe that touts cur­rent fed­eral pol­icy in glow­ing terms and laments how that may be threat­ened by Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s pol­icy.

The fact is that we’ve had years of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and in­clu­sion (and class­room chaos) that only serves to re­duce the learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment to the low­est com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor, which is very ev­i­dent in our test­ing re­sults. Our cur­rent out-of-touch ed­u­ca­tion hi­er­ar­chy seems to be liv­ing in an ide­al­is­tic bub­ble. Hope­fully, Mr. Trump’s no­tion of school choice may lib­er­ate millions of stu­dents now trapped in po­lit­i­cally cor­rect, dys­func­tional class­rooms.

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