Why are schools failing? Why are tests scores low? What are the teacher’s doing? Blah Blah Blah….There are tons of questions and concerns about the educational system but they are being asked to the wrong parties. Politicians, Chris Christie, and a host of others think they know what’s going on in education. Well, ladies and gentlemen, it’s called politics! Too many hands are in the pot!
I’ve had a host of good teachers, I know a host of great educators, and I had parents who valued education! I repeat, VALUED EDUCATION! Evaluations are placed on teachers, but the ones who are failing may have poor evaluators. Did anyone think about that? Is it not an administrator’s job or supervisor job in any industry to make sure everyone is performing a certain level? Because the last time I checked, if a team isn’t doing well the coach gets fired not the players. Are there evaluations on parents? Being in education for 18 years, I’ve yet to see 30% of the parents participate in the PTSO. Why are some well behaved in school? Why do some complete homework assignments and other don’t? Why are people afraid to address a real concern regarding attendance, discipline, and students who do not speak English? These are real factors that affect the classroom, yet through these real components, teachers are supposed to bring 9th graders who are testing on 4th, 5th, 6th grade levels to the 9th grade level in a year. Why are the children clumped together? Oh yeah, because we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. Let’s not forget about the bias treatment that goes along with whether or not you are related or connected to someone in the district. And now, there’s a presidential candidate that appointed a superintendent without educational credentials evaluating schools in an urban district, influencing leaders to change their public schools into charter schools. Wake Up People! Public education built this country. What’s wrong now is that the value of education has tanked. A charter school is a public school with a specialty. So why not create the specialties within the regular public school? Stop being ignorant of the game. Politicians are selling the ignorant that they know what’s going on. Please stop falling for the game. Our future – our students, society, is at stake.