FIXING TROUBLED SCHOOLS
Monday, October 09, 2006
Dr. Noel Gibeson Corbell
Every time there is another shooting at a school many people wonder how on earth that could happen. Then there are many of us that do not wonder at all. And I am one of them who know why shootings continue at our schools. They continue because of a lack of faith in God and non-existent values in public schools.
First of all, it is not because there are too many guns available; that is a specious argument. Guns do not shoot themselves. It is people who kill people; not guns, not cars, not excessive speed, or any of the other brain-dead excuses that some people like to foster upon us and try to get us to believe. It is people killing people, plain and simple.
Second, over the years since the 1960s, liberals and their liberal agendas have been taking over public schools and we let them get away with it. They are the same crowd that wants:
- "Separation between church and state;" another specious argument;
- Diversity and tolerance, i.e., that a homosexual lifestyle is OK;
- Advocate for the right to death (abortion); and
- Suppress Christianity, but promote atheism, agnosticism, and Islam.
Then they have the audacity to look bewildered and befuddled every time there is a school shooting and to ask why. And we are responsible because we let these idiots get away with it and did nothing to stop them!
Third, the public schools in this country, with few exceptions, are beyond redemption, beyond hope and should be closed. This K-12 public education system is one of the worst of all developed nations and that is a travesty and a disgrace to this country. Not only do these systems under-educate our children, but they inculcate them with the corrupt values of the liberal left. In short, students are systematically brainwashed by this culturally corrupt segment of our society.
The only possible saving grace in our public schools in the last 50 years has been the ‘No Child Left Behind’ program. It demands performance standards for schools and teachers so, of course, most public school teachers, administrators, and socialist teachers unions have been fighting it tooth-and-nail since it started. They do not want performance standards that mean anything because they just want to keep serving up the same, tired old mediocre education that they have for the last 50 years. They criticize NCLB incessantly and want it to go away and if the god-forsaken Democrats ever seize power in the future, it probably will go away. Their motto might be, “There is no standard like no standards; why perform when you can slide.” Ops, sorry, must be time for another pay raise.
They don’t want their schools and classrooms compared to a successful institution. One such highly successful school is found in Arlington, Virginia named Saint Thomas More School, a catholic school. It has just been designated a No Child Left Behind ‘Blue Ribbon School’ because its very diverse student body tested in the top 10% on nationally normed achievement tests. And, like a public school, the student body is a very diverse, with many students coming from Latin America where their primary language is Spanish, from many other countries, and it includes many African-Americans too.
The difference between this school and other superior schools like it is that administrators and teachers care and don’t take excuses; they demand performance from their students. Typical homework is four to five hours each and every night and low be unto to those that do not complete their homework by the next morning. Let’s just say, it isn’t pretty.
And equally important are the values, both religious and human, that students learn at a school like this. And it dos not have to be Catholic either. They learn to respect adults, to respect God, and that a strong work ethic is necessary to succeed in life no matter what one chooses to do. They learn humility, forgiveness, reconciliation and charity. These are values that everyone should learn and practice every day.
Public schools have been a historical aberration and a failure. Now it is time to close them down. Here is an idea have an idea: Why don't we close down these hedonistic, government-controlled public schools (liberal indoctrination centers) and replace them with schools that teach Christian, Muslim, or Jewish religious values?
The way to fix our troubled, violent schools is to close all public schools and replace them with superior religious schools, private schools, and home schooling. That way, students will learn the values that they never even heard of in a public school.
Dr. Noel Gibeson Corbell. As president of the Mount Vernon Institute, Dr. Corbell provides research and consulting services into contemporary issues involving the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence, international affairs, human rights, the economy, terrorism, intelligence, homeland security, including counter-terrorism, and government responsibility and accountability. At Georgetown University, he taught courses as they relate to technology, intelligence, counter-intelligence, counter-terrorism and space issues. One course called Intelligence and American Foreign Policy, examined unclassified, open-source documents and the steps in the intelligence cycle up to and including preparation of the National Intelligence Estimate. As an organizational management consultant and a radio broadcaster with WALE Radio 990, he produced and hosted a live, radio talk show broadcast over New England and New York called Tomorrow, Today. Earlier, Noel Gibeson Corbell was a career U.S. Marine Corps force recon and infantry officer. In that regard he served in operational positions worldwide in jungles, deserts, mountains and oceans. Later, he was a strategic planner at Headquarters Marine Corps and for the Secretary of the Navy. His commentaries have appeared in newspapers like the Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, the Army Times, the Air Force Times, and on the Free Market News Network, as well as in The National Interest.