In 2008, I retired after 39 years in public education. I thank the Lord that my retirement came when it did. There was a buyout by the district because they needed to get rid of those of us who were costing them too much money. Fifteen of us retired that year. During my 39 years, I taught the way I was taught in a Catholic school with the same expectations. I taught English, and I expected my students to learn to read effectively, write effectively, and speak effectively. My bachelor's degree was in English education and earned when students were expected to know content well. My master's was in American Studies which I loved, and it worked very well into my teaching American literature which I was able to combine with American
American education is in a sorry state of affairs, and there's enough blame for all participants to have their fair share. They include students who are hostile and alien to the education process, uninterested parents, teachers and administrators who either are incompetent or have been beaten down by the system, and politicians who've become handmaidens for teachers unions. There's another education issue that's neither flattering nor comfortable to confront and talk about. That's the low academic preparation of many teachers. That's an issue that must be confronted and dealt with if we're to improve the quality of education. Let's look at...
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