Easy! Because in the process of dumbing down the schools, our Education Establishment has cheated children out of their most basic rights: the right to read, to do math, to know history, to learn geography, to study science, to engage in real critical thinking, and in general to become an educated person.
All the things we call basics and fundamental knowledge....our Education Establishment has waged a relentless war of attrition against them. It's time to stop the war, and to save all the essential things that children have a right to expect when they attend public schools.
If you're involved in school reform, please take a look at this handy 10-point agenda for improving public schools: A BILL OF RIGHTS FOR STUDENTS 2012. (On Improve-Education.org. Form can be printed.)