Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Instead of throwing money at a problem, try actually solving it....

I read an article via Insty that the Detroit Teachers Union would rather have every student fail than bring in the Teach for America program and actually provide those kids a chance to succeed in the world.  Just as in Chicago and Gary, the NEA would rather keep their stranglehold on the school systems and have unprepared, unqualified teachers perpetuating ignorance than bring in someone or a program that would clearly show the real cause of education failure in this country--the teachers' unions and the colleges of 'education' who send those teachers out into the world.

They claim that it's the facilities, the class size, the lack of equipment, etc. when what it really boils down to is that the teachers are no longer required to know anything about the subjects that they teach, that the standards of  testing to become a teacher has had the bar lowered so much that my dog, who operates on the level of a two-year old, could probably pass, and the fact that they've lost the plot of what they are supposed to be doing--educating the young people of the world to enable them to become fully engaged, employable adults.

All the schools do now is perpetuate the culture of victimization, concentrate on 'self-esteem' rather than actually learning the subjects at hand, and nurture inadequacy rather than advocate for excellence.

Instead of throwing even more money at the problem, get rid of the unions, get rid of the colleges of education, and get the federal government the hell out of the equation because when they get into it, nothing works.


Chas S. Clifton said...

I am with you on the "get rid of the colleges of education" part.

When I had to teach a university class that was all elementary-ed majors, I would fervently hope that at least a third of them ended up working in convenience stores.

Another third might have been salvageable.

And the last third could, possibly, be good teachers.

Midwest Chick said...

That's my point. I worked in a college of ed for a year and I have to say, seeing it from the inside just convinced me that they really are the root cause of the collapse of our educational system here in the US.