Remember the good ‘ol days of education, when public school truly prepared you for life and college? Remember when everyone was literate and a high school diploma really meant something? You know, back in the 1970s when we went to school to Texas. You remember. Right?
So does Richard Linklater in his 1993 film “Dazed and Confused.” It was simply a more educationally-focused time, and here’s a *brief glimpse into the academic rigor and devotion to scholarship that crafted the well-informed United States citizens of “my” generation. It’s just too bad things have gone downhill so much and we have to resort to massive amounts of standardized testing to even approach a return to the high academic standards of the good ‘ol days.
Maybe if we just went back to encouraging hazing, underage drinking and corporal punishment, we’d never have to resort to PARCC. Ah, the good ‘ol days….
*Sorry, this clip doesn’t include depiction of vocational pursuits of things like making bongs in shop class. See the entire film for further insights into the academic power of 1970s education.