The Counterfeit High School Diploma – The New York Times (Do They See the Connection?)

Most states still have weak curriculums and graduation requirements that make high school diplomas useless.

Source: The Counterfeit High School Diploma – The New York Times

I tried to point out the connection.

As a former math professor, I am quite aware of the cause of the problem – and it’s not high school. It’s the corrupt system that leads to counterfeit “college” diplomas granted to both high school teachers and those teachers’ “professors”.

Here is how it happens.

STEP ONE

Major “elite” university gets large “national need” grant to produce American math professors. Unscrupulous professors “produce” them.

STEP TWO

Many of these new PHD’s go on to become “professors” at regional state schools where they are not able to teach well enough to produce decently trained high school teachers.

STEP THREE

We get the phenomena that this editorial describes.

For years, universities have viewed themselves as in a competitive “industry”, whose job it is to make their “customers” happy, whether those customers are students are government agencies.

There is much more to this story, and I describe it, along with examples of the steps above, on my blog inside-higher-ed.

This corrupted system that we now have is destroying not only futures for individuals, but our whole society – both politically and economically – and it’s going to be hard to stop it. As Bill Gross wrote,

“…Universities are run for the benefit of the adult establishment, both politically and financially, not students. To radically change the system…would be to jeopardize trillions of misdirected investment dollars and financial obligations…” (See my blog for the complete quote and a link.)

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