Sunday, September 18, 2022

What’s Really Killing Us

 From Dr. Ben Carson at The Federalist:

In America, we are seeing the early stages of metastasizing leftist cancer. The left’s annihilation of my hometown of Detroit is well-known. Detroit was America’s richest and most successful big city until the early 1950s. Left-wing mayors, city councils, prosecutors, and district attorneys in New York, Baltimore, Chicago, and San Francisco caused massive crime waves. This has led to citizens fleeing those cities in droves, adding to the downward spiral as the pool of responsible voters evaporates. Rampant media censorship covers up this devastation. The murder totals in Chicago averaged 15 per weekend in 2021. But it is unlikely you saw coverage of this in the national news media, or honest, in-depth think pieces about what is causing the carnage and how to fix it

Our public schools, particularly in urban areas, but all over America, are festering cesspools of race-baiting, radical gender ideology, anti-Americanism, and low achievement. Teachers unions are the main obstacle to genuine reform. The unions run schools with an iron grip and full support from their Democratic allies. We recently saw Minneapolis Public Schools complete a contract renewal that will fire white teachers first, regardless of seniority or competence. In their efforts to fight a supposedly systemic racist system, they are instituting racist policies. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

The pandemic revealed to us the depths of horrific leadership in public education. But it also showcased a stark contrast between states run by competent executives and those run by leftist hacks. Schools were open and functioning normally in Florida by August 2020. California schoolchildren were still suffering through isolation and Zoom classes a year after that, contributing to learning loss and higher rates of depression, mental health problems, and even suicide. (Read more.)


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