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Posted by Craig on 05:51:00 AM in Education
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As husband of a special-ed teacher, I agree with the author's anger at having to spend so much time and effort on ass-covering. The lawyers of the land have imposed defensive medicine on us, now they are proceeding to defensive education. It hasn't improved either health care or education or even civil justice, merely run up the cost.
Jack Olson |
September 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM
It's interesting how well the problem is seen and how little of the underlying causes are recognized. We will have difficulty 'teaching' children no matter who is teaching or what system they're working until we admit and address the behavior problems. Maybe TFA has a better chance merely because they haven't laced themselves to the current silliness that is view of the Education Establishment on how things should be done.
My father spent a few terms on a local school board back in the 1950s. He always said that out of 100-200 students you will start the year with a very few trouble makers. Crack down on them, expel the 1 or 2 who really need it and you'll cut your problems by about 90%. I think that is still probably true, but we won't find out because we don't expel the true trouble makers, we expel those how behave differently than the current cultural imperatives held by the elites in education. For instance, for acting like a boy or for having anything even remotely resembling a gun with you.
September 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM
This isn't surprising in the least. My experience with anyone involved with these types of organizations is that they are about feeling good about yourself, rather than actually doing good for other people. "See we're good people? We send young smart kids to failing schools? What? Is the program effective? What has that got to do with anything?"
I find this is true of philanthropy minded people in general. They make themselves feed good about themselves by convincing themselves they are making other people's lives better.
September 30, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Also, this is reason 3,456,136,432,105 for schools to NOT be government run monopolies.
September 30, 2013 at 11:59 AM
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