A teacher wrote an emotional letter to the site asking why I was saying bad things about teachers??? I wrote back saying, I hardly mention teachers at all!
Some critics do try to blame our educational problems on teachers. I am not one of those people. Teachers don't make policy; they don’t have much power. Why talk about teachers if we are trying to figure out what is wrong with the schools??
I blame the people I call the Education Establishment. These elite ideologues (since John Dewey) want to use public schools to change the country. That is a problem for our nation. It’s also a problem for individual teachers because best practice is often not what these ideologues end up promoting.
Unfortunately, many classroom teachers have been bamboozled into thinking they have the same interests as the Education Establishment. That's why the teacher thought she was being criticized when, in fact, the criticism was aimed at elite professors who live in another world.
Improve-Education.org is concerned with explaining how education policy is implemented, the theories behind the common practices, and why teachers should oppose the people at the top.
(Teachers, please see "31: Teacher Liberation Front" on Improve-Education.org.)
1) Main site is Improve-Education.org. Articles there are scholarly in a lively way, and intended to last for years. This blog is for short newsy bits. 2) This site is pro-education, pro-teacher, and anti-Education Establishment.
Does the NEA also control the Republican Party, the same way it controls the Democrat Party??
What other explanation do you find for the curious silence of the Pledge on one of the country's worse problems?? Which is education; which is public schools that don't do much.
The Pledge was pretty good, as linked article argues, but in 20 pages there was no mention of education. Nothing. Nada. Not even a perfunctory little squiggle.
Folks, it's like this: if we don't save the public schools, the rest is toast. Alan Greenspan put it so well. "If you don't solve (the K-12 education problem), nothing else is going to matter all that much." Don't you trust the Chairman of the Federal Reserve?
Come on, Sarah, tell these dumb Republicans what needs to be done. Just some simple little 3-point plan to focus on. How about Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic? Our public schools have a kind of gas-chamber genius at designing curricula that don't teach basic skills. Kids straggle off into adulthood in a kind of stupor. Thank you, Education Establishment. But how long can your luck hold up? You're getting away with child abuse.
See this article for What The Pledge Should Have Said:http://www.rantrave.com/Rant/What-Republicans-Left-Out-of-The-Pledge.aspx
Fun on YouTube...I have 50+ graphic videos on YouTube. Educational and entertaining, often. Many deal with reading and educational strategies. Many have good music and need some volume. (Channel is: YouTube.com/BruceDeitrickPrice)
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