THIS should be required reading for parents, and teachers, and administrators, and law-makers everywhere. I am Gen-X, graduated in ’91. It wasn’t perfect then, either. There was too much politics, and tenure created secure jobs for some uninspired teachers, here and there. No surprise; mediocrity exists in all fields. But, when a teacher was on fire, he or she was given enough freedom to ignite the whole room. I was lucky to have been blessed with some of the finest educators gracing a classroom. And they LOVED their jobs.
I come from an “educator-rich” family and friend background, and it has been a really, really long time since I’ve heard anyone in the education field use the words love and job in the same sentence.
America, the Arrogant has managed to treat education like it’s opposite day, every, single day. It’s almost like it’s a point of pride for the people in power — no matter that the fall-out from their test-prep, cookie-cutter, assembly line invention has been failure, after failure, after failure, they are NOT going to give in to logic and common sense and the scientific method because that would be an admission of those failures. And they would rather entire generations emerge from the public education system unable to practically apply anything from school in the real world than EVER admit to having made a mistake.
It’s so disgusting; it’s human sacrifice for the price of ego, and pride, and perception.
I wish they had the sense to be ashamed, but I’m afraid the only shame comes from our children. Children who shared in none of the responsibility for creating this mess, yet who have somehow become the only ones being held accountable to it.