reply to post by WeRpeons
Where do you get off blaming thousands of teachers for the poor performance of a generation of children! Let me give you a bit of my background before
you continue spreading your hate and blame on teachers.
First darling, it is not a generation of children, it has been 2.5 generations of children that have been robbed of the basic education they need.
That means we now have an explosion of dysfunctional parents with improper behaviors and attitudes because of this education system. This is why you
encounter so many parents that have almost a "child-like mind" (I didn't know how else to say it, without offending) and new teachers that end up
in the news so often for inappropriate behavior.
I think I have more experience than you to evaluate and to honestly explain what is wrong with the public education system today. I've worked in both
worlds, the government and the private sector. I've attended college and a technical school. I have received many accolades for my unique way of
teaching. I've had many of my students go on to become engineers or they have become productive citizens.
I have 26 years in education, with a low estimate of 30,000 hours of research in education, pedagogical testing research for beginner teachers &
specialists, licensure tests, American education legislation (back to 1974), policy, learning processes, methods, development, root-cause analysis,
formal and informal processes of education, ETS and NES tests (and results),... I could go on. By blaming the child in your last comment, clearly you
can only explain your insight from a teachers perspective.
You might as well group yourself in with the government officials who blindly set policy for public schools when they have never stepped foot in a
classroom or observed the apathetic nature of students today.
No sir, the policies are set by the federal government, even though they claim that most are set at the state and local level, the guidelines come
from the fed. I would argue that you are blind, since you don't have a clear understanding of the system in which you work (I do not intend to
offend, just using your words).
Allow me explain:
The fed says to the states, "by accepting this money you agree too XYZ, we don't care how you do it, but it must include XYZ". The state takes the
money and creates a plan to have XYZ in their policy. Then the state asks the regional/local districts if they want the money, and they say yes....
then the state says, "you can have the money but you have to agree to XYZ". Now do you understand? It is not blind at all, all of the federal
government intentions/controls are written in the legislation they pass. These my friend, are called "mandates". You might not believe it, but they
know exactly what they are doing.
These blind and ignorant policies are some of the major causes of failing schools. Kids are not products on a conveyor belt, they each have unique
variables that affect how they learn, behave and interact.
I agree that they are the major causes for failing our children, but I disagree that they are "blind and ignorant". As I said a minute ago, the
system is designed exactly how it was intended to be by the Federal government. Are you getting it yet? (Earlier, my hateful comments (as you call
them) are because you blamed the kids).
Do you honestly think social promotion was an idea created by teachers?
Nope. But what do you guys do? You do what you are told, you and every teacher in a government funded school (including all public colleges, and
charter schools) will plan and teach whatever learning nugget you are given. Those lessons give very little attention to the basic skills a child
needs in their elementary years, and have much to do about behavior modification and control.
If you are a high school teacher, you are getting products of the elementary system, that is the major reason we see such a drastic increase in
behavior and attitude problems from 20 years ago.
Do you honestly think all students can perform at a proficiency level?
The question should be proficient at what? I do not believe the type of behavior modification being done in the system is anything less than a crime.
Most parents believe their child will get teachers who teach, not "change-agents that teach "what" to think rather than "how" to think. If you
are truly interested in how this is done, I will be happy to add a post with examples (it's quite interesting, but, it's almost 4 am here, I need
sleep tonight...you owe me a virtual coffee for keeping me up so late with all your questions haha).
I will continue to reply to your questions in another post, I have run out of characters.