I hate to say how long ago I was young, so I won't. Things weren't great for young people then. But as far as learning stuff in a taxpayer-funded building was concerned, it was okay.
Not so these days.
I'm going to do some counting here:
September -- 3 to 4 days
October -- 2 days
March -- 3 days
April -- 4 days
May -- 2 days
That's 15 days this year that young people I am closely associated with will be taking ass --- es --- ments. These are not mere queries from me on topics the young people have recently delved into. These are standard + ized t and e and s and t and s.
Three weeks of every 180-day cycle are spent on standard + ized material! In one case the young people have to do the same one, exact same one, twice!
And they wonder why young Americans are not performing similar to their peers in Vietnam.
This has great import for the people (like me) who work with the teenagers. The object is not to advance our nation's mental capacities. It is to under + mine one of the few remaining powerful collective bargaining units in this country.
If medicine can be for profit, and pharmaceuticals can be for profit, and energy can be for profit, and college can be for profit, why not learning institutions for younger kids? There's money to be made and pensions to chop!
The victims are the young people. How stifling of all creativity, how anxiety-provoking, how deadly dull their year between Labor Day and Summer Solstice must seem! I feel for them. To Hell with what happens to me. It's them I feel bad for. This country is a joke.