reply to post by drmeola
It always amazes me how people assume that, since they went to school, they are suddenly an expert in education.
Let me assure you, the teachers are working hard to teach your child critical thinking skills. In a public school, you have the right to view the
curriculum, and you can ask how the teacher plans on teaching those skills to the students. That is your right as a parent and a tax payer.
All teachers have at least a bachelor's degree in education....and many more have masters' or doctorates. Why? Because of the continuing education
requirements.;..such as the workshops on better strategies for teaching certain subjects, etc.
The US is lagging behind in education, and most of that is due to several complex factors. The most important? The child's family influence and
socio-economic status. If the parents care and will work with the child, that child has a much better chance of succeeding in schools. However, many
of the parents in the lower socio-economic strata don't value education, or simply are unable to help their children. And there's a large percentage
of these children who had mothers abusing substances while pregnant...so add that into the mix.
Now lets look at the schools. Basically, if the school is situated in a high-income area, serving parents with "professional career" jobs (doctors,
lawyers, engineers, etc)...then its a safe bet that is a high performing school. Why? Because those parents do value education, and have the means to
help their child succeed.
My sis-in-law teaches at one such school. The parents are loaded, and the typical fundraiser brings in thousands of extra dollars. That school is high
performing. Compare that with my school; I teach in what can best be described as country projects. Some of my kids are living in their cars, don't
have enough food to eat....its bad. Our last fundraiser we raised $700. Many of the parents at my school are high school drop-outs, unemployed, or
employed in illegal activities. Some are in prison. Our two schools are radically different....my school is low-performing. But when you have kids who
wonder when if they're going to eat that night, its hard to get them to worry about adding fractions.
Our school system is in trouble, and needs a major overhaul. I do not dispute that. But we aren't "indoctrination centers," teaching children how
to salute and goose-walk.
And I fully support home schooling and charter schools.