Has a teacher ever been fired for poor test scores?
I mean, I know that's my I can't read...
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.
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!
The Real Reason Why Johnny Cant Read?
His Teachers Can’t Read.
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.
For ignoring and by inference, tacitly/actively supporting the “Get Rich or Die Trying” mentality.
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.
Simple, because Johnny wasn’t home schooled.
Home Schooling ... The “New Old School”.
Woo sez we caint reed? I wuz reedin wen I wuz in thu thurd tyme I wuz in fith graid.