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Educational Rot

nomad5 Wrote: Mar 13, 2013 9:48 AM
All: I'd be slow to throw all teachers into the "bad apple" basket. As with all groups, they occupy a spectrum. In one corner are those who truly are committed to weaponizing education in order to indoctrinate the next generations of youth. In another corner are those who truly are committed to producing responsible, thinking adults. There are other corners for the lazy and the incompetent. My experience is that many teachers really want to do well, but are not supported by their administrators, and have to drag around an enormous body of nonsense rules from their school boards and unions. Also, education is one place where corruption in local government is usually more rife (along with public works) cuz that's where the $$$ is.
Edward463 Wrote: Mar 13, 2013 10:15 AM
Nomad5: Bad money drives out good. Lousy or mediocre teachers in a government enforced monopoly (such as unions), outnumber and drive out good teachers. School administrators will not recognize or support good teachers because they are beholden to the unions, which resent good teachers and go out of their way to punish them for establishing benchmarks of excellence they don't think they need to measure up to. Beingbetter than a semi-literate or "average" teacher the unions regard as an imposition. Bureacracies tend to drown and suffocate outstanding talent. It's called "leveling the poppies."
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...