Skip to comments.The Real Reason Why Johnny Canít Read
Posted on 10/12/2010 9:20:47 AM PDT by Michael van der Galien
It is news to no one that our educational system sucks. American students are consistently out-performed by students in other countries year after year.
Liberals, progressives, socialists, communists, compassionate conservatives (i.e., neocons, RINOs, liberal Republicans) , teacher unions, and other leftist groups would like you to believe that it is some combination of bad schools, teachers, and financing. The solution, as they see it, is to engage in a game of Three Card Monty where students are shuffled from schools that are failing them, to schools that will allow them to succeed as though success is a magical elixir of brick, mortar, and fairy dust that is present in some schools and absent in others.
In our leftist-controlled educational system, the onus of responsibility for academic achievement rests primarily with the teacher and not the student. Thus, teachers in Houston can actually be fired if their students perform poorly on standardized tests. Such policies have the effect of putting the student in charge of the classroom, holding the teacher hostage to student performance on a test. Implicit in this new accountability is the notion that teachers, at least in Houston, are not sufficiently motivated to teach their students what they need to know. Threatening teachers with loss of their jobs if their students do not achieve some arbitrary standard of success while simultaneously coddling disruptive, lazy, and otherwise apathetic students is a surefire recipe for disaster. Despite Hollywoods best efforts to convey otherwise, teachers are not miracle workers. I have known and worked with many teachers throughout my professional life, and very few could have been catagorized as bad teachers.
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I once tested as having the reading level of a college freshman and the vocabulary of a high school senior. Why could I just test out in that area and then worry about my maths and science for the next so many years that I’m in high school? As for the delinquents, they should be the ones in special ed, not kids who are mental. Or at least they should be subjected to corporal punishment. SOMETHING to get them in line and ensure they stay in line. No more ‘putting up with it’ for victimized students. No more treating school as a stomping ground.
The smart students should be able to study in peace and I am sure a lot of bright students have been failing because they are nervous wrecks because the scum bullies are able to get away with it.
Where I live, the special education umbrella includes the delinquents as well as the mentally retarded. Mentally retarded kids are designated as “life skills” students. The other special ed students simply have learning or behavior disorders. They are typically placed in the regular classroom unless their behavior is too severe. The below linked article is a summary of the problems created by this.