We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
They are now only--solely--about indoctrination techniques. They teach young teachers to blindly follow the dictates of the teacher's union. They train young educators in using cult like techniques on their pupils, without ever advising the young teachers that what they are learning are horrible cult indoctrination techniques. Every ed school in America should be shut down immediately!! Combine teachers using these techniques with unions that demand so many hours a week be turned over to "community activism" and you have children that are indoctrinated for life by the time they are in 10th grade.
Decade after decade the performance of our primary education system has languished at the bottom of comparisons with other developed nations and likely a few developing nations. During all this time our education establishment comes up theory after theory none of which makes any improvement. In fact, the education of our kids gets worse. Somehow the thought to use techniques, such as phonics, that were successful in the past never occurs to anybody in the education establishment. The only explanation for this is that education is not the purpose of the education establishment is not education and one can only assume that the real purpose is actually to subvert the education of our kids.