RON HART: I won't blow smoke up your graduation gown

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 17:28 PM.

Students are victims of a giant fraud: the government-run education system that has molded them for 12 gullible years. Public schools are government-run; teachers are government-hired; and government determines standards, pay, curricula and graduation requirements. Government seeks to produce compliant citizens it can someday rule without much pushback. Smart, independent thinkers are not wanted. Blowing smoke up your graduation gown serves government well.

The result is kids who are not prepared for life or for the workforce. About 22.6 million young "adults" between the ages of 18 and 34 still live at home with their parents. Twenty-six percent of parents have taken on debt to support their adult  offspring.

These kids drive right by "Help Wanted" signs at Starbucks and play video games all day. They have been conditioned to believe that hard work is for chumps. "Why work? The government or my parents will take care of me." Kids watch reality TV shows like the "Deadliest Catch" and marvel at men who work hard each day at their job catching fish.

Few lessons in school teach the value of hard work, ingenuity, gumption and entrepreneurship. Those lessons are as rare as Romney or Ron Paul bumper stickers in the faculty parking lot.

Our system lowers the standards of education and raises students' sense of entitlement. A student in Pennsylvania sued for a C+ she got in a class. She informed the school, “I will be suing whoever is responsible for me getting this low grade!” Her teacher should have responded, "Don’t you mean 'whomever'? And I rest my case.”

Ron Hart, a libertarian syndicated op-ed humorist, award-winning author and TV/radio commentator, can be reached at Ron@RonaldHart.com or visit www.RonaldHart.com.

 



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