A retired executive recalls his neighbor, the principal of a school in New York City, vehemently protesting a systemwide innovation called "social promotion." That was in the mid-1930s.
A one-time member of the St. Louis School Board recalls professionals there refusing to concede that a high school student should be able to write an English sentence before he could graduate. That was in the 1940s.
A teacher was glad to retire from a high school in the philadelphia suburbs after a new principal began insisting that teachers start switching to subjects other than their own, ignoring the need for through knowledge of what they taught. That was in the early '50s.
a former teacher in public elementary schools in Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Georgia recalls successive classes knowing less and less of the multiplication table for their grade level. That was in the mid-1950s.
And do you remember when SAT scores started to decline?
That was in the 1960s.
Dear reader, draw your own conclusion.