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The Role of 'Educators'

bigdawgworking Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 7:23 AM
True, students can't read. But, look beyond the teacher. Look at the system. My wife taught for 31 years. Her class was the place to be if you wanted your child to excel at reading. But, year after year the admin kept beating her and the other teachers down. In one meeting last fall, the administration laid down yet another useless paperwork task and one of the teachers just broke down and cried. My wife literally could not sleep at night. So, a month ago, she quit. The average burn out for a new teacher is less than 5 years. If you think that education is bad now, just wait. The collapse is not far away.
bigdawgworking Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 7:59 AM
RE: "merit" based evaluations that aren't really merit based at all

Exactly! When someone gives me that "test scores" bs, I challenge them to a teaching duel. They will get a class of low income children with IQs in the 80 to 90 range whose parents will not help them with homework. I will get high income Chinese children with IQs of 110 to 120 -- whose parents will enroll them in a 6th day of school at a local (Chinese) tutoring school.

Your pay depends on the highest test scores. Ready to bet your pay?
wtmoore1 Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 7:47 AM
And that "burn out" that you speak of is really helped by taking away tenure and implementing "merit" based evaluations that aren't really merit based at all.

Teachers are already blamed for every ill of society as well as for every failure of a student. They aren't miracle workers. We pay them a very small amount and expect quite a lot from them and then we decry their greed and selfishness when they ask for a wage that they can use to care for their own kids--after their days are spend educating yours and mine.

The "collapse" of education is reflective of the devaluation that happens in any profession when the work and the workers are marginalized. Right now, the liability of being a teacher just isn't worth the cost.
Many years ago, as a young man, I read a very interesting book about the rise of the Communists to power in China. In the last chapter, the author tried to explain why and how this had happened.

Among the factors he cited were the country's educators. That struck me as odd, and not very plausible, at the time. But the passing years have made that seem less and less odd, and more and more plausible. Today, I see our own educators playing a similar role in creating a mindset that undermines American society.

Schools were once thought of as places where a...