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Wisconsin Public Schools: Better or Worse?

Written By: Karen Schroeder - Advocates for Academic Freedom  |  Posted: Monday, December 12th, 2011

            Truth lost its value in American society when those with weaker arguments insisted that perceptions be given the same credibility as facts. While this philosophy devastates social ethics, its impact has been especially harmful to students in our educational institutions. GOD AND MAN AT YALE, written in 1950 by William F. Buckley, Jr. was an eloquent call for public outcry to address the destructive nature that disrespect for truth was having on our educational system. Those pleas have been largely ignored. It is time that Wisconsinites demand the truth about the condition of our educational system now that our state is facing a recall election that could have serious consequences for our schools.

            Recently the Department of Public Instruction (the state department of education), the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators (WASDA), the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), Governor Walker's Office, and the legislative leaders of the state legislative education committees presented conflicting data about the condition of our schools. To gain the truth, the electorate must hold school officials accountable for the veracity of the facts presented about the condition of their local schools.

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