Education should be a priority, but it won't.
To "Randy Shumway" have you seen the documentary "Waiting for
Superman"?The problem isn't that there are not great teachers
out there. The problem is that the established teachers won't allow for a
newcomer to change how things have been done for the past 20 years. The system
discourages change or differences. You also lose many people who would be great
teachers to the certification process. There are people who have worked in
industry and have better teaching skills than many of the established teachers,
but they cannot get a job teaching because the certification process requires
approval from the existing group of bad teachers.
I almost always disagree with RedShirt, but on this I do agree.
RedShirt - 99.99% of the time, I disagree with you, but in this ONE case, I'll
agree...but the problem is not so much with the Teachers, as it is with the
Administrators.My wife is a degreed Psycologist, working in the
School District for early childhood intervention.She has the skills and
education to make a differnce, but budgets and Administrators actually call the
shots.I can't begin to tell you the number of times Teachers and
Counselors make recommendations, only to be undermined, shot down, over turned,
or flat out ignored by the un-skilled and un-educated Administrators.FYI - The actual Teachers and Counselors working with the children,
face-to-face, day in and day out --- make less than 1/2 to 1/10 the salaries of
those Admistrators.Start with them, then we can talk about the
situations in the class rooms.
"Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he
hath no heart to it?"So says an old proverb, and it is true
also for knowledge.Another proverb states: ... fools hate knowledge.There's another one, of course, about leading horses to water. Most
horses will drink though. They have, at least, horse sense which "more
advanced animals" may not.Money will not, in other words, buy
knowledge. There must be a desire to learn. As I recall my school days I do
recall that there were those who learned with poor teachers as well as with good
teachers, and as I think of post-school years I can honestly say I could
continue learning without a teacher and also choose my subjects.I
also know there were scores of people who had no desire to be at school or to
learn and teachers could neither coax or coerce or stimulate the desire to learn
into them. A good teacher can help the willing student of course but there are
those who might be excused school when they are just wasting everyone's time and
causing havoc on the rest.
I hope this has the desired effect, but since most of the legislature think they
are education experts since they once sat at a desk in a school, it won't. My
pessimism runs deep after dealing with my rep.
Article with a question:By MATTHEW MOSK, BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) and
RONNIE GREENEABC NEWS and iWATCH NEWS Oct. 20, 2011 With
the approval of the Obama administration, an electric car company that received
a $529 million federal government loan guarantee is assembling its first line of
cars in Finland, saying it could not find a facility in the United States
capable of doing the work.Does " could not find a facility in
the United States capable of doing the work", mean our people aren't
RedShirt, as a veteran teacher I take exception with your over-generalization
and misrepresentation of the wonderful veteran teachers I have been privileged
to work with. Are you an educator? If so, I am truly frightened that you have
this perception. It truly sounds like more of the anti-teacher rhetoric rather
than the truth. If you are not a teacher, please visit some schools and talk to
both new and veteran teachers to hear what they have to say.
To "squirt | 6:38 p.m. " have you watched the documentary
"Waiting for Superman"?I am a parent. I have seen what
"veteran teachers" are allowed to do, and how they don't stand up and
take the initiative to make things better.I have relatives that are
teachers, and have been teachers for several years. They are quite open about
how innovation is shunned.I have pulled my kids out of public
schools because of the horrible teaching practices of the "veteran
teachers". I now have my kids enrolled in a school with few "veteran
teachers" that actually is innovative.
Seeing as Randy Shumway was a Democrat School Board member in Dublin California
is it any wonder he would write a de facto supportive article for the status quo
and Teachers Union? Randy, come up with some real ideas other than throw more
money at the system.