Who’s Responsible for The United States K-12 Education System?

Thoughts and Opinion

Another “A Nation STILL At Risk” entry.

Who’s Responsible for The United States K-12 Education System?

The short answer: Every Adult.

Because it is unreasonable and illogical to hold children responsible for the K-12 Education system.

And if Marion and Howard Brady are correct, the world is an interconnected system of systems. All revolving or emanating out of learning. 

Our modern K-12 Education System

Our K-12 Education system is designed to; Build upon the parent or designated proxy work, who taught and prepared their children for formal learning, including continuous parental support from birth through high school graduation.

It is also a system designed by a government dominated by elected political faction leaders to leave your child behind:  

1. When parents fail to prepare and support their children’s formal learning.

2. When the children’s learning speed is incapable of keeping up with the state-mandated assembly-line pace.  

3. Where teachers have no control over the State mandated expectations.

4. Where some education and political leaders are too cowardly; or ignorant; of the State designed system to inform parents of the negative results in a transparent manner. And,

5. By losing learning opportunities through the stereotypical concept of age group promotion.

It is also a system designed:

To fail new teachers through the absence of an efficient new teacher professional development program. Unlike the old Guild system with an apprentice program, recent college graduates or adults transitioning into the profession are given the same responsibilities as the masters-of-their profession without a functional apprentice program. Yes, some colleges use an embedded K-12 school program for their student’s soon-to-be teachers. However, anecdotal evidence and the number of new teachers leaving the field within the first five years during normalcy show a failed preparation of new teachers at college alone.

After college, we need a process that includes two or more years as an apprentice plus two or more years of mentoring; Working in the field with master teachers.

Why? When we fail our teachers, we fail ourselves.

And when we compare ourselves to the other stumbling systems around the world, we appear to be excellent.

In Retrospect

While studying the field of education, I became more thankful for teachers’ heroic efforts to overcome a government-designed system of failure. Bracketed between a human-sized blender on puree and a mammoth woodchipper at capacity. Where teachers metaphorically:

1. Brave the fire.

2. Function as inflight-learning-missile mechanics. *

3. And suffer abuse spewed by some educational leaders, politicians, and others who appear to have forgotten the purpose of our schools: teaching and learning.


If parents always know what is best for their child, wouldn’t that also mean they know all the instructional strategies used in the classroom?

Doesn’t someone have to know what is best to know what’s best?

However, I suspect most parents know their children need an excellent level of learning during the K-12 years. Yet, how many parents were told they were responsible for preparing their children for a formal learning environment and supporting them through high school graduation using their Academic Parenting skills? The skills parents should have learned during their birth through high school graduation year and beyond because children don’t come with instruction manuals.

* The short definition of who qualifies as an inflight-learning-missile mechanic; A teacher who has the skills to change instructional strategy during instruction to reach and engage more students. By using one or more of the thirty-plus instructional strategies, a master teacher may have in their professional instructional toolbox.


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What Has Psychometry To Do With Standardized Learning Measurements

The first entry of, “A Nation STILL At Risk,” series by Bruce Kendall, Founder of The Afterclap

I believe that to understand a subject; its history is as important and sometimes more important than its immediate description. And the origin of the word Psychometry and its use in published literature tells part of its history.

Psychometryis pronounced as [ sahy-kom-i-tree ] and defined as; “the alleged art or faculty of divining facts concerning an object or a person associated with it, by contact with or proximity to the object.” [1]

And first recorded 1850-55 by combining the words psycho- + -metry, from the Greek meaning (breath, spirit, soul, mind) plus (action or process of measuring).

The earliest use listed was by the author, Swami Panchadasi in the book, Clairvoyance and Occult Powers Circa 1916, and included the five following quotes:

1. “In Psychometry some object is used in order to bring the occulist “en rapport” with the person or thing associated with it.”

2. “In this phase of psychometry, all that is needed is a piece of the coal, mineral or metal which has come from the mine.”

3. “Psychometry develops the occultist for still higher clairvoyant powers.”

4. “The above incident is typical of this class of psychometry, and many persons have had at least flashes of this phase of the power.”

5. “The following examples will give a good idea of the Denton experiments, which are typical of this class of psychometry.”

The other definition was “Psychology. psychometrics[2]

Psychometrics, pronounced [ sahy-kuh-me-triks ], is defined as “the measurement of mental traits, abilities, and processes.” [2]

Also first recorded circa 1850–55; by combining psycho- and -metrics “the science of measuring” [3]

It is also defined as psychometry.

Which circles back to where we started. The word psychometrician is tied into education learning assessments, pronounced [sahy-kom-i-trish-uhn], derived from psychometry. [1]

Psychometricians use “Psychometrics…a field of study within psychology concerned with the theory and technique of measurement…concerned with the objective measurement of latent constructs that cannot be directly observed. Examples of latent constructs include intelligence, introversion, mental disorders, and educational achievement.” [4]

According to Wikipedia [4], The Historical foundation for Psychological testing comes from two streams of thought: Victorian and German. Standardized testing comes from the German stream of thought.

And how did early literature use the word psychometric:

1. “Then there is the psychometric doctor, who cures by spirits.” From As A Chinaman Saw Us: Passages from his Letters to a Friend at Home by Anonymous circa 1916 Copyright, 1904, by D. Appleton and Company

2. “I make use of a material which, at first glance, may be confused with psychometric material.” From The Montessori Method Scientific Pedagogy as Applied to Child Education in ‘The Children’s Houses’ with Additions and Revisions by the Author by Maria Montessori, Translated from The Italian by Anne E. George, With An Introduction by Professor Henry W. Holmes of Harvard University.  Copyright, 1912, by Frederick A. Stokes Company Page 168.

3. “These are not psychometric forecasts, but rational inferences, from our increasing rate of progress.” Buchanan’s Journal of Man, January 1888 Volume 1, Number 12 Various in “Twentieth Century Science, Dawning at the end of the Nineteenth.”

4. “The letter is a very good connecting medium in psychometric experiments.” From Clairvoyance and Occult Powers by Swami Panchadasi circa 1916

5. “Nothing had occurred to her father, and the appearance may be adequately accounted for on psychometric grounds.” From Studies in the Out-Lying Fields of Psychic Science by Hudson Tuttle, Copyright by Hudson Tuttle, 1889.

Until and just past the turn of the 19th century, the science that developed into standardized learning measurements at least partially focused on Psychic Science, Clairvoyance, and Occult powers, when I return to this again in the early 20th century, we will discover the changes in science leading into the 21st century.

Dear reader, I hope you will consider making positive suggestions to help. The Afterclap’s goal for 2022 is to flesh out, A Nation “STILL” At Risk. And the work we do is not about me. It is about all of us. 


Bruce Kendall


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[1] https://www.dictionary.com/browse/psychometry

[2] https://www.dictionary.com/browse/psychometrics

[3] https://www.dictionary.com/browse/metrics

[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychometrics 2022 0214

[5] https://www.dictionary.com/browse/psychometric


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