Skip to comments.Biggest bullies in the public schools: the Education Establishment
Posted on 01/11/2014 7:39:45 PM PST by BruceDeitrickPrice
We hear a lot about bullying as if its as common as cheering at a football game.
But who is really the Big Bully in our public schools? Who is throwing their weight around all the time?
More specifically, who is insisting on the use of bad methods that never seem to work better this year than 10 years ago? Who is making lame excuses for poor performance so that nothing seems to get better? Who fills the air with propaganda and sophistry so that no one can think clearly about the issues facing us?
Consider Whole Word. Rudolf Flesch exposed this hoax 60 years ago but its embedded in our public schools. Consider Reform Math which parents have been complaining about for 30 years but its still confounding students in our public schools. Consider Constructivism, which forbids teachers from teaching. Wouldnt everyone predict that less is going to be taught? Of course, but this gimmick is more and more embedded in public schools.
What kind of bullies would demand that inferior methods be used? Let them eat cake seems to be the Education Establishments entire plan.
Now we have the imposition of Common Core Standards, which wants to mandate what happens in every classroom in the country. As a frustrated teacher in Delaware noted: I call it Common Bore. The idea is that there is no more autonomy in lesson plans and instruction. We have 90 minutes per week of PLC's (Professional Learning Communities) meetings that are designed to encourage us to present information uniformly to our students. That is not realistic when teachers are just as much individuals and have our own 'styles', as are the students we teach. For these reasons, Im disgusted. I dont want to teach anymore.
Another teacher complained on the Internet: I just read a post in a Charter School discussion group that basically said that CCS requires constructivist education, and that any teacher who didn't like it should be forced out of the profession or leave!
Common Core Standards sounds more like a control freaks fantasy than a serious attempt to improve education.
This punitive pattern has been evident for most of the past century, as noted in Siegfried Engelmanns seminal book "War Against The Schoolss Academic Child Abuse. Note that phrase: academic child abuse. That is what bullies naturally do.
The main feature of Common Core is that the federal government gains power to enforce its favorite clunkers. Looking at dozens of methods across dozens of years, we can see that the essential trick is to find slow, inefficient ways to teach everything. Arguably, that is child abuse. Children become discouraged and exhausted. They give up trying to do things that they can easily do, and this includes fundamental things such as reading and arithmetic. All that students are sure of is that they learn to hate reading and arithmetic.
The second big gimmick is to introduce so many secondary details that the class is distracted and disorganized. Teachers must learn about a students prior experiences and their learning styles. Straight-ahead, gung-ho teaching is disparaged.
So the essence of this bullying is to confine children to a small world. They never know what wonderful things education can accomplish and how much fun it can be.
Children cannot analyze the methods used and explain why they fail. Its the administrators who should stand back and look at whats done to kids. They can remember their own education. They can contact private schools and see how subjects are taught there. They can call a friend in another city and ask whats going on in those schools.
There is no excuse for people in a public school to do a bad job. But they go right on doing it. All this bad pedagogy seems to be aimed at what, in the Vietnam era, was called pacification. The goal seems to be to freeze students at a mediocre level.
In many schools, everybody is running, running, running but somehow everyone ends up in the same spot. Socialist educators are interested in what they call social justice, which tends to mean uniformity. To get that, you need to do some serious dumbing down.
Suppose you draft people into the military and give them undemanding, incoherent training. If sent off to war, most will be quickly killed because they lack basic skills.
What kind of preparation is that? Many students are not getting proper instruction for life because the bullies in charge wont let them have it.
My take is that Common Core is designed to replace teachers. Eventually they will be replaced with “facilitators” who will be nothing more than mouthpieces for the Liberal-infested Common Core.
Bump to a dead on article.
Common Core is evil.
The Children’s Story, by James Clavell
Schools should be virtual, over nationwide broadband (and wireless where apropos); no sick leaves, year-round school, no snow days, and promotion by grades and benchmarks instead of chronology. This will look like a much better idea by the end of the Obama regime, when no US-born adults have jobs.
Common Core is child abuse
I BUMP your bump.
This allows the educational bureaucracy to hire more people to fix the problem, thus expanding their little empire.
The way it often works is that administrators tell the teachers, “From this day forward, you will not teach as you used to. You will merely guide and facilitate.” In practice, that means that if the teacher simply states a fact, the teacher can get in trouble.
But mainly I want to mention the book “Credentialed to Destroy” by Robin Eubanks This is not light reading. In fact it is somewhat depressing because the progressives are so well organized and on the march...But it is an intellectual guide to all the mischief and criminality going on in the education world. If someone seriously wants to fight back, this book will tell you what the battlefield looks like. Go to Amazon to see the six reviews there.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.