Robert Gehl reports that schoolchildren in America got dumber under President Obama, according to a group that ranks exam scores worldwide.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development produces an exam administered every three years to 15-year olds in 72 countries. The exam tests reading, math and science knowledge.
For the first time, Obama’s America fell below the average set by the OECD and failed to crack the top ten in any of the categories.
As it stands now, according to the results, thanks to Barack Obama and his failed education policies, children in the Slovak Republic are better in math than Americans are.
So what were Barack Obama’s disastrous education policies? Or, is it possible, that in many cases, school districts, and schoolchildren, rise and fall regardless what the policy is from bureaucrats in Washington?
Barack Obama opposed private school vouchers – where parents receive taxpayer dollars to send their children to schools that are succeeding. Donald Trump has said he supports then.
Obama’s Education department was obsessed with making sure African American students and other students of color did not receive harsher punishments or reprimands than other school kids. They were also focused on limiting physical punishment of children at school altogether. That is not likely to be a central focus under President Trump.
Obama also demanded stronger regulation of for-profit colleges and universities. Many large, for-profit schools have shut down because of Obama’s enforcement efforts.
Last month, the Career Education Colleges and Universities association said for-profit colleges are ready to educate 5 million career professionals.
It put out a statement from former Speaker Newt Gingrich, calling on the federal government to stop targeting for-profit colleges. Gingrich was an early supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Instead of fighting for-profit colleges, Gingrich said the government should work with the schools to help Americans develop skills needed for good jobs and better pay.