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April 22, 2014

P.1The first thing you should know is I have no children in school and that I am writing this because of a news article about a Washington state school district. It seems they have voted to give raises to the teachers in that district even though standardized test scores are down and the high school drop out rate is up. This made as little sense to me as the Denver school district that is actively seeking out undocumented aliens to teach in their schools.

Most adults understand that when you have a job and you do not produce you are walking the tightrope to unemployment. It is a given that you must preform the work you were hired for otherwise there will be consequences. I wonder if you also understand that there is, (besides our representatives in Washington), one occupation in this country that does not abide by this ‘truism’ and that is our school teachers. Their explicit purpose is to take our children and prepare them for life and possibly higher education and they are monumentally failing.

So I have to ask why when they are not doing their job is there a outcry across this nation to give these teachers a raise and spend more money on our schools? I would have said this is another example of when common sense is lacking but even the President is calling for more spending on education to correct it’s problems.

I do however understand that there are many factors involved in this decline in producing solid student graduates, and I feel that the teachers are only a part of the problem. Another of these factors is the lack of emphasis on basic curriculum, (reading, writing, math, history and science). Today these subjects have been watered down and the passing curve lowered.. “so no one will feel left out”? Also because the curriculum has been expanded to cover sex education, computer literacy and other subjects and there being a set number of hours in a teaching day some subjects will suffer by cutting back the time allotted them.

Computer literacy in my opinion is vital to the youth of today, but no subject even this one should take away from teaching the basics. And as far as sex education, where is it written that the government is responsible for teaching the nations children about using a condom? Sex education is the responsibility of the child’s parent not the school.

I believe it is not a single factor that is causing todays worsening educational system but a combination of them. From the parents not doing enough to ensure that homework and studies are completed and our schools addition of no-essential classes, (ie sex education) to having unqualified teachers teaching core subjects. If we add to that the fact that some students do not respect teachers and their authority or they do not understand the very reason they are in class to prepare them for life after graduation we have a system doomed to fail.

Maybe if we….

Make parents responsible that their children complete their homework.
Demand teacher responsibility for continuing poor student performance.
Require that school boards return to educational basics.
Return the passing grades to 1950’s standards…with no passing curve.
And make students repeat the grade for poor performance
learning that their actions have consequences

….then our children will be better prepared for their future.

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  1. April 23, 2014 7:08 am

    As you suggested this is a huge, multifaceted problem with no easy answers. The breakdown of the traditional family is probably central to many of the issues such as a lack of discipline and respect in children. Far too many parents are willing to delegate varying degrees of their parental responsibilities to the ‘nanny state’; I’m sure this is exacerbated by economic conditions that almost force otherwise good and attentive parents to work extremely long and hard just to keep a roof over their heads and food on their tables. Society as a whole is responsible for the whole ‘PC’ thing of which this ludicrous idea that everyone is special and equal is just one destructive tenant. Somewhere along the path forward we allowed traditional school curriculum to be replaced by ‘feel good’ subjects and fluff imbued with political vitriol and indoctrination from the left; things that had no place in the classroom. And the teachers unionized; over time this has really become a nightmare. Witness the NE school in which empty bags of heroin and unused needles were found in the faculty bathroom not once but twice! When it finally came to the local’s attention the people demanded action and all staff agreed to urine testing. Then the teacher’s union brought in lawyers and the union members refused the testing based on their recommendations. There were non-union part time faculty which did submit to testing and were cleared. So the facts said one or more of the unionized teachers were shooting heroin in the faculty bathroom during school hours but no one could ‘prove’ it. Then there was last year’s situation in a Michigan school in which a male teacher who repeated sodomized a young male student over a period of years was finally unmasked, tried, found guilty and imprisoned. The union fought tooth and nail for severance pay and his pension; only when the story made national news did they back away. I could go on and on but the general truth that when employees are protected from job evaluations and especially from the consequences of negative job evaluations they can sink to their lowest level of performance is clear. With this said I’m sure such egregious behaviors are not the norm among the teacher population in this country but the fact that when it does occur the perpetrators are protected is undeniable. Somehow as a people we’ve lost sight of the fact that education is a critically important facet of maintaining a superior country. In a perfect world our military, first responders, police and teachers would be the highest paid in all of society based on the importance of their work. unless things have changed recently all of the aforementioned remain some of the lowest paid professional positions. Given all the aforementioned and more negative situations I’m afraid we have the perfect storm bearing down upon quality education with the result being a generation without the ability to think critically or even perform basic arithmetic functions.

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  2. Gina permalink
    April 23, 2014 8:23 am

    I am the volunteer librarian (even though I am “retired”) at a poor rural elementary school (pre K – 5) with 210 students. There had been no librarian for 10 years when I found out about the “job”. I now work 3 hours a morning so that students can check out books to read. It’s 11 miles to the nearest library and a lot of parents don’t drive. The wifi is left on so that students or any one can connect while sitting outside after school hours. This school does their best to teach and help all their students but many times not much is done in the home to help the kids. I’ve thought and thought but there’s no one answer to the question of how to produce good student….too many variables. This is in the south so I’m sure there are different sets of problems to different areas in the country. It’s very sad to watch…….

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  3. April 27, 2014 7:11 am

    It’s a thoughtful write-up, and I like your insight.

    I worry sometimes that students are required to learn a lot many subjects than necessary? If a student is interested in English, why does s/he have to learn Math or Science beyond learning their basics.

    I like the concept of P-tech schools, and it may be far more effective if students are encouraged to follow the subjects that interest them – which may also make sure that they have a job waiting for them.

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  4. March 1, 2017 8:22 pm

    There is more going on here than just the education system. I continually fight the culture everyday it enters the classroom. Entitlement, students believing they can pass a class without turning work in. Crazy, I know, but they feel entitled about it. Why not, parents are pressing the admin and school board to pass them because we aren’t taking their children’s lack of desire to learn into account as teachers and are pressured to pass them on. Which, I won’t. Students learn my motto, “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat my course.” And, they do, until mom and dad insist they take an online course to avoid me and my outlandish standards of submitting assignments. I wish my school could afford to give raises; I could use it after dealing with all this crap.

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