posted on Jan, 30 2012 @ 09:00 PM
My mother, aunt, uncle, and now my wife are all teachers. From my perspective each school has different problems. The inner city school that I
attended and the same district that my mother subs in has high poverty and consequently has terrible behavior issues and a 50% drop out rate.
I am getting my PhD, but the majority of my highschool is on food stamps or working blue collar jobs. 10 years ago when I graduated, my teachers
spent 30-50% of each class "disciplining" students. This was mostly the kid acting up to the point where the teacher is just about to throw them
out of the class. Then that kid shuts up and their friend takes over. It was a big game to them. And why not? They know that the teachers can't
do anything to them, their parents don't care, and half of them knew that they weren't going to finish high school anyway. These kids certainly
weren't book smart, but they knew how to game the system all day long to get what they wanted.
My aunt and uncle teach in upper class suburbs where the students are fairly well behaved. The main problem at these schools are the restraints put
on the teachers by having to teach for standardized testing. These are the districts where the parents think that their kid sh**s rainbows. Even if
everybody else knows a kid is a f***up, the state and the kids parents demand that he be able to pass his tests. Guess what? Not everybody has the
kind of intelligence to do well in the narrow "education" that is presented in schools today. On the opposite end of the spectrum are kids like I
was. I was way too smart and saw through the BS I was being taught in school. Math, Chem, Bio, English were all pieces of cake and boring. I could
care less about Soc St, Econ, History because I could see it for the propaganda that it was. The end result was toking and underachieving in high
school. Now I'm getting a PhD in molecular biology...
Finally, my wife has just started teaching after finishing her teaching degree. There are a few problems here. First, her class mates are all
sub-par. They are like the rejects from other college majors. These people are still getting super wasted several days a week and pulling C's in
classes that cover subject matter they should've learned in high school. Most of the are barely passing their subject area tests, which means that
they are barely qualified to teach in their selected area. If you ask me they're underqualified, but I don't make the standards. I think the
generation of kids graduating from the failing public schools are the ones that have been starting into teaching the last several years. My wife is
brilliant and she is as distressed as I am. We are seriously looking into homeschooling, or seeing if she can get a job at a private school where we
can enroll our kids.
We live outside of a large city, so she has subbed and taken temporary positions while she is looking for a permanent position. She has been in inner
city, suburb, and country schools. She likes the country schools with smaller class sizes and more involved parents the best. As far as public
schools go, they seem to be the best.
So, don't paint this issue with one broad stroke. People with political agendas are trying to simplify the issue with an intent on influencing the
rest of us, so don't buy into it.