One of the fallacies of any leadership position is that one is held responsible for everything under ones jurisdiction, even if when not under their direct control. Accountability as we see today, unfortunately has its price, and something so innocuous as a year ago procedural firing of US attorneys can spawn a crises of severe proportions.

Currently in my dealings with the Public Educational system, I have been forced to settle on mediocre performance from students, because of a antique bias among Delaware’s educational professionals.

That bias pertains to use of electronic data acquisition as opposed to using books.

Most homework assignments require references to hard copies resources, and will not utilize internet sources. Perhaps they mean well, but they have forced irreparable harm upon today’s students.

Most of those who establish educational policy are computer illiterate.

Here is an example. Driver’s Ed requires a student to clip drunk driving stories from newspapers and paste onto a poster board. Forty years ago, no problem. But today, who in the hell buys the paper? Ok, so until the project is done, buy a paper. Considering that police blotters are not allowed. and that only a news story with a reporters bi-line attached can be used, the child is still doomed to failure……………..

Don’t believe me? Try standing at the front door of a Wawa, going through every paper on the rack, looking for any accident reported? Learning this was unproductive from my first child, for my second child, I thought I would sit in one of our fine New Castle Libraries and skim the massive stacks of papers. Finding nothing in over five hours of reading, the pointlessness began to sink in. What is this teaching our kids? Perseverance?

The real answer is this. It teaches them that education, at least in terms of their parent’s generation, is SO STUPID.

How did I help get my kids project done? I had my son Google accidents in all the counties surrounding Delaware, then took a day off, and picked up papers in Lancaster PA, then on to Bel Air and Chestertown Maryland

It was pass/fail.

Why a student cannot point, click, print, read, and learn, is beyond me.

Another example of bureaucratic antique thinking: my daughter requires 3 hard sources for her paper. She has instant access to 1,694,935 on her topic of alternative medicine. But she is requred to have three books, still sitting on the shelf of her local library. She has been asking her errant and inconsiderate father to take her for two weeks. But the library is not open after 9:00 pm, not does it open before 10:00 am. If one is going to demand hard sources, then those entities should also demand that libraries, where those sources are stored, remain open for twenty four hours.

Visit a library at noon and it is empty. Return just minutes before closing time, and it is full. If we are paying for libraries to serve the public, doesn’t it make sense for their opening hour to match our needs, not theirs?

About the libraries, I am not totally serious. For where are you going to find a midnight librarian. But using this example brings out the idiocy of misguided bureaucratic educationists who believe life today is like it was forty years ago.

Their policies are seriously limiting our students educational potential and disrupting their natural will to learn………………………..

This bias and ban against electronic sources of knowledge is overdue for re-evaluation and needs to be rescinded now. Or perhaps, we will need someone who is more in touch with today’s world, running the Department of Education in the state of Delaware.