Frankly Speaking: Going Forth
Second in a Series Featuring the Writings of Dr. Frank Crane
Patriots, in our first article of this Series, I shared that Dr. Frank Crane was a well received and nationally recognized author. His straightforwardness about the overreaches in government serve us well, even though Dr. Crane has long since passed. That’s what I love about research and literature. When the writer is ‘spot on’, the words will hold relevance for an eternity.
In that first article, I took his words from 1924 about ‘meddling’ and showed you how modern education reform has been meddled in to an extreme. If you missed it, Frankly Speaking: Meddling Government.
Educating to Fail:
Patriots, if we are listening to much of the modern education hype, we’ll notice that more and more ‘educrats’ are praising the ‘educating to fail’ system for our students. What do I mean? According to these reformers who’ve aligned themselves with the Common Core’s competency based education, the more a student fails, they better their tenacity and grit become. Supposedly the failures are to somehow encourage our students.
Now, IF a student is old enough and mature enough, failure CAN be a great teaching tool. However, the Common Core system reaches all the way down to Preschool! Imagine how defeating this is for a little one who is beginning to grasp his/her world.
Here’s another thought, the amount of failures spread out over our lives is relatively small..and usually totally unplanned. Failures should NEVER be planned into lessons. That, my fellow Patriots, is a recipe for dehumanizing our students.
By failing our students, we are seeing a shift in teaching. From a physical teacher to a lifeless computer.
By failing our students, we are going to be seeing a shift in their thinking, their character, as well as a large does of ‘hard-heartedness’.
This shift for competency based learning not only thrives on failure as a positive, it fits right into the career paths that Common Core has. The goal? Career Tech Education embeds Common Core into those classes designed to teach you one thing: a regulated, prescribed job assembly line based on your performance and test scores.
(To see a document where these types of teaching/learning are becoming everyday ‘normal’):
http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/csd6174.pdf ) *Note: Educause is a deeply rooted Common Core entity. So, their view on education is subjective. If you’d like to learn about this sold out group which loves to sell out your children, please see my article:
If you’d like to see how Educause’s competency education fits into ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015):
Sadly, my Patriots, this educational demise is due to legislation from a federal level called WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014). ESSA only cements this shift more. When the HEA (Higher Education Act of 2008) is fully re-authorized, our students/citizens of all ages will have a triple whammy of streamlined, caste-system, education.
So much for ‘success’ in America.
Bring In The Doctor!
Knowing how relevant Dr. Crane’s “Meddling” article is to the modern education saga, I wanted to see if he had written anything about true successes and failures in life. From his 10 volume collection of “Four Minute Essays”, I found this one. How this relates to the modern shift in education will be noted in bold print.
“Go On” by Dr. Frank Crane, 1919, Volume 5, page 26 and following pages
‘There are some men who can obey orders and there are some men who can get things done. It is well to be obedient, it is better to be resourceful. (Common Core and competency based education breed obedience.)
When Alexander could not untie the Gordian knot, he cut it with his sword. A resourceful man is one who, when he cannot do a thing one way, does it another. He keeps trying. When it’s time to quit, he begins. When he is licked, he begins fighting again. (Common Core and the competency shift’s reliance on digital and computer based assessments constrict timing to ‘learn’.)
Success in life is not like shooting at a mark with a rifle; it is like trying to hit a mark with a stream of water from a hose; you just keep on until you finally hit it–maybe. (Computer based assessments constantly shift so that proficiency, not academic wisdom, is measured and tracked.)
It is well to know how; it is better to try, for by trying you learn how. (Competency based learning uses group projects and collective grades to bred a herd mentality. Individualism is discouraged.)
Success is like picking a lock, not like working an example in long division. It is like solving a rebus more than it is like demonstrating a theorem in geometry. It is like starting a fire with damp wood more than it is like getting a chemical reaction in a laboratory. It is like fitting together the pieces of a torn letter more than like it is building a wall of bricks. (Common Core and competency based education have ruined math; taken science to fit a global agenda.)
All big things are accomplished by trying, trying, trying. Only the little things can be done by rule, and a cheap hand to do them. (The goal of competent students is competent workers and no more.)
To paint a great picture means infinite approximations. None is painted by rule. Nobody learns to write well, except by writing. Only by keeping everlastingly at it, whether we feel like it or not, with inspiration and without, in quite and in din, in comfort and dyspepsia, “no day without a line,” only so comes the mysterious endowment of style. (Competency based Common Core has almost eliminated writing and literature; has turned the arts into avenues for social justice and science or math.)
The man who fails is not the man who has no gift, no chance, no pull, no encouragement, no training; it is the man who quits. (More and more students drop out due to the lost of any interest in education. More and more students and teachers are self harming or dying than ever before due to the lack of encouragement and freedom.)
Genius is the inexhaustible capacity for going on. Training, education, and the like before you go to work is valuable; but it is the training and education you get by and while you work that counts the most. (Common Core has relied on businesses to enter the classroom to have skilled workers upon graduation, thereby disrupting the natural ways of learning.)
There are 3 rules for success: The first, go on. The second, go on. And, the third is, go on.
You can’t win a woman by the rules of a book, nor can you make a biscuit, nor get elected to office, nor build up a trade, no get yourself liked, nor achieve contentment, nor get to Heaven. (Competency based Common Core debunks Christianity, defined gender roles, does not teach home economics, and slants politics.)
Life is an endless experiment. (replaced with lifelong career paths were education is seldom complete)
Wisdom is the precipitate of experiment. (Critical thinking is expected in Preschool and Kindergarten, well before a child’s mind is ready for it.)
Character is the subjective result of experiment. (Character now is ‘grit’ and ‘tenacity’ and ‘performance’; not tradition based attributes.)
And success the objective result. (Success is measured in skill based assessments; stackable credentials, and national certificates. No certificate? No job.)