Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

The Real Reason Why Johnny Canít Read
David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | Chris Rowan

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.

Why?

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 Hollywood’s 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsrealblog.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: academic; achievement; compassionate; educational; grades; learning; responsibility; school; students; system; teachers; teaching

1 posted on 10/12/2010 9:20:48 AM PDT by Michael van der Galien
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien

Has a teacher ever been fired for poor test scores?


2 posted on 10/12/2010 9:25:46 AM PDT by donna (A new study says that Ritalin may stunt growth. Men ARE getting shorter than women!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien
Is it because consuming mass quantities of food containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, red dye #40 and yellow dye #5 have rendered Johnny hyperactive and made him stupid?

I mean, I know that's my I can't read...

3 posted on 10/12/2010 9:27:52 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien; donna

Here is why our students are failing:

1) Political correctness, “one size fits all” schooling. It undermines the students who want to get ahead and are actually better in some subjects than others, but forces them to be held back in a position of inferiority and underachievement.

2) Bullying. School is now just a holding pen for the juvenile delinquents and future criminals of our society. Students who are chronically harrassed can’t study well and it’s pathetic that students actually have to take karate courses in order to avoid future bullying. Zero tolerance enables the criminal filth to avoid the natural repercussions of their actions.

3) Culture. The US does not celebrate academic achievement the way that Asian cultures do. The US has the nasty habit of celebrating it’s athletes and entertainers, not our students who get good grades and stay out of trouble. We celebrate thugs and pigs.


4 posted on 10/12/2010 9:31:29 AM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien

I’m glad teacher accountability is questioned here. I know there are bad teachers out there, but I have students who simply do not come to school. Those students usually fail the OGT, yet the state wants me held accountable. Here is my conspiracy theory: This is another attempt by big gov to make parents less important. Big gov has already convinced many Americans that children don’t need both a father and a mother, and this policy is another way to make parents irrelevant. Kind of like the greenie weenie agenda that encourages children to tell their parents what light bulbs to buy.

I will be homeschooling my son, by the way. I read THE WELL TRAINED MIND this summer, and the authors basically repeated what I have been saying for years. Get back to the basics, forget acceptance, tolerance, bullying, GLAD, etc. sessions and teach kids how to read!


5 posted on 10/12/2010 9:35:46 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien

The Real Reason Why Johnny Can’t Read?

His Teachers Can’t Read.


6 posted on 10/12/2010 9:39:43 AM PDT by Lexington Green (Bring Our Troops Home - Send The Democrats)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien
I have a masters in Education. Most of my classmates were teachers and most had really good ideas on how to fix the problems. The best proven solution was Charter Schools. The reason is that they don't have to comply with all the state and federal regulations and guidelines. School teachers and school districts are sued for disciplining children. They get sued for giving tests that are "racially biased". The teachers spend as much time filling out government forms as they do teaching. The teachers have to have a complete document trail for everything they do in case they're sued.

The federal government provides education standards that are more concerned with being politically correct than they are pertinent. For example, the Federal Government under Clinton developed new national academic standards. They removed references to the First Continental Congress in order to make room in the curriculum for diversity studies.

The federal and state government require handicapped students and students who barely speak English to be mainstreamed with others students. The result is that the teacher spends 80% of her time on students with behavioral problems or who can't read English instead of teaching.

Other countries don't have extended summer vacations and their kids go to school on weekdays and half days on Saturday. Parents and Teachers in the US don't want to make this sacrifice.

You could write a book on the problems with our school system. Every time the government steps in to fix it, they create more problems.

7 posted on 10/12/2010 9:41:43 AM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Niuhuru

You nailed it. Very concise analysis.


8 posted on 10/12/2010 9:43:50 AM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien

For ignoring and by inference, tacitly/actively supporting the “Get Rich or Die Trying” mentality.


9 posted on 10/12/2010 9:45:51 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Niuhuru

Add to that systematic rejection of assaults on teachers by students and making schools on occasion 75% baby-sitting functions.


10 posted on 10/12/2010 9:48:22 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: donna

Teachers don’t get fired they get relocated,see union.


11 posted on 10/12/2010 9:50:44 AM PDT by Vaduz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien
Statement: "The Real Reason Why Johnny Can’t Read"

Response: Actually there are several reasons:(a) Low intellectual capacity of more than 1/2 of the students;(b) the educational system exists to provide jobs and that is its primary mission;(c) literacy is not really necessary for most of the population i.e. push the little symbol on the cash register at the hamburger joint and all the work is done for the worker.

12 posted on 10/12/2010 10:05:54 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien

Simple, because Johnny wasn’t home schooled.
Home Schooling ... The “New Old School”.


13 posted on 10/12/2010 11:05:38 AM PDT by ri4dc (Obamanomics gives me Chronic Obamasomnia)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vaduz
Teachers don’t get fired they get relocated,....

And promoted to worthless supervisory jobs.
The school systems are top heavy with 'educators' that justify their existence by dreaming up new ways of teaching.
Their thinking is the tried and true methods of the 50s and 60s and prior are passe'.

My kids were subjected to New Math in the 70s. What a joke.

14 posted on 10/12/2010 11:18:52 AM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: donna
There was a Drew Carey episode where the Drew character was temporarily made manager of the department store. He implemented a 'no firing' policy. Immediately all of the employees started goofing off, partying, ignoring customers, etc.

My point is not that there are a lot of bad teachers that need to be fired, it is that, human nature being what it is, some people will do whatever they can get away with. If they thought they might be fired, they might 'straighten up'.

15 posted on 10/12/2010 11:18:52 AM PDT by sportutegrl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Vinnie

Teachers become teachers because of June,July,August.


16 posted on 10/12/2010 11:59:26 AM PDT by Vaduz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: sportutegrl

The problem is that that applies to teachers, too.


17 posted on 10/12/2010 12:31:38 PM PDT by donna (A new study says that Ritalin may stunt growth. Men ARE getting shorter than women!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien

Woo sez we caint reed? I wuz reedin wen I wuz in thu thurd tyme I wuz in fith graid.


18 posted on 10/12/2010 12:53:38 PM PDT by CynicalBear
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien
Because learning is often viewed as a bad thing. Or at best unnecessary.
19 posted on 10/12/2010 6:18:06 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Niuhuru

You make excellent points here. To expand on the “delinquents”, classes are often taught down to them as opposed to up to the higher achievers. It is more desirable to have a group of smart students get perfect grades without being challenged than to have poor performing students fail.

And your “one size fits all” statement hits the mark. Many students who excel in one or more subjects yet struggle in others are held back from reaching their potential in the subjects they are talented in because they don’t have the overall grade point averages to get into your better schools and programs.


20 posted on 10/21/2010 10:37:33 AM PDT by LightningStriker2010
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: LightningStriker2010

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.


21 posted on 10/21/2010 11:17:45 AM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Niuhuru

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.

http://www.intellectualconservative.com/article3992.html


22 posted on 10/21/2010 1:13:40 PM PDT by LightningStriker2010
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

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.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson