This is often a bone of contention between myself and others. (Note correct grammar.) Many persons of my age assume that most teachers are good and dedicated with a few rotten apples. That teachers are underpaid. That was true in the 50's and 60's, but now precisely the opposite is true. Most school districts now require degrees in education and close the door to subject matter experts, assuring themselves that they hire none but overpaid blithering mediocrities whose first loyalty will be to the teachers' union and the Democrat party.
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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