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Rotten to the Core: Obama's War on Academic Standards (Part 1)

McGovern Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 6:04 PM
Standards are not our immediate concern. Our biggest problem in education today concerns teachers. Our Colleges of Education are churning out thousands of "teachers" who know how to use the latest technology, and who can quote educational theory, but who cannot teach. Plain and simple, they cannot teach. No one ever taught them how to teach. Study after study shows the most significant factor in classroom learning is classroom management. Not computers. Not iPads. Not new standards. Not testing. Not teachers with Masters Degrees. Classroom management. Unfortunately, there are very few Colleges of Education teaching this.
jrobson Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 11:19 AM
mhubbard Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 9:58 AM
Classroom management only works if you have an adminstration ready and willing to back up the teacher. Adminstrators are not supporting discipline in the classroom. When students can stand up and cuss out the teacher and not even receive after school detention, then you have just let all students know that they are in charge. Not to mention the districts that are firing teachers, because students are earning "F'. You might believe that it is because the teacher isn't teaching. These are teachers where the students decide they don't like the teacher, so they will deliberately flunk a test knowing that the amdin will fire the teacher for this.
mhubbard Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 9:59 AM
On the whole, the typical student is very lazy. There is no effort to finish any work outside class time and very little effort to do it during class. They consider class a place to visit friends, listen to ipods, and try to sneak out their cell phones.
Carlos_7 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 6:08 PM
Very good point!

My teen watches You Tube clips on "The Evil Rich" in English Literature.

These kids can barely read (though we push ours to read on her own), yet they have time to watch Leftist Political videos?

What kind of "Classroom Management" is that?

America's downfall doesn't begin with the "low-information voter." It starts with the no-knowledge student.

For decades, collectivist agitators in our schools have chipped away at academic excellence in the name of fairness, diversity and social justice. "Progressive" reformers denounced Western civilization requirements, the Founding Fathers and the Great Books as racist. They attacked traditional grammar classes as irrelevant in modern life. They deemed ability grouping of students (tracking) bad for self-esteem. They replaced time-tested rote techniques and standard algorithms with fuzzy math, inventive spelling and multicultural claptrap.

Under President Obama, these top-down mal-formers -- empowered by Washington education bureaucrats and backed...