No Teacher Left Behind

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July 1, 2009 by David Gillaspie

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School districts should have a chance to correct themselves.  Let the talented administrators make the cuts needed to stabilize a budget within growth boundaries.  They know the drill and they won’t hurt themselves doing it.

Let us see our teachers and administrators for what they are: professionals.

What do professionals like, what is it that satisfies their years of training and sacrifice?  Getting paid.  I know that sounds crude and perhaps cynical, but what do professionals define themselves as but someone who gets paid for specialized knowledge and skill.

And we’re talking deep knowledge.  Any teacher or administrator in the building can talk your ear off.  Ask a question and get a load, then wonder why Johnny falls asleep in class.

These are people, after all, who go to school to teach school.  The smart ones get paid on both ends.  They talk the talk.

Is this a problem?  With all the cuts and proposed cuts on every district table, isn’t the only real solution a sense of trust.  Who can we trust

Can we trust school board members who run school districts according to social engineering agendas?

Can we entrust schools to board members who use it as a stepping stone after running doomed elections for higher offices.  If they are on a school board they are still in the public eye, and that’s most important for them.

There is certain bitterness in teachers, a certain alienation.  Here is a population of the most educated people on the earth.  (I say that given the American education system is the best on earth.  By the way, these are most likely the first people to get it if there’s ever an equivalent to China’s Cultural Revolution here.)

And what is the most common complaint we here from teachers after a few drinks?  They don’t get paid what their worth.  It’s not Little School House On The Prairie anymore.  It takes more than a shined apple to make a teacher happy.  A teacher needs a good house and a boat.  They need to travel, to see the world.  It makes them better teachers.

One solution is to invite a teacher to go with you on your next vacation.  Another is to back off the teacher during a conference when you learn little Johnny has been lying to you about their homework. 

Memo to parents: Do your job and let the teachers to theirs.  Neither of you get paid enough for what you do.  Only one of you has a real complaint.

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4 thoughts on “No Teacher Left Behind

  1. David Gillaspie says:

    The disruptive label is a hard one to shake. Good point on the Masters in Education. A masters in a particular subject takes scoring up on the GRE and setting aside two years. Some masters in education are fast tracked on a nine month schedule to either shoe horn them into a classroom they’re not ready for, or to collect grad school fees. How does benefit ‘the kids?’

    Good job on staying after your kids to make a difference,

    David

  2. Mike says:

    I’m kind of at a loss to understand what it is that makes today’s teachers worthy of much respect as educators. Too many teachers out there today are simply graduates of a program which simply makes them “educators”. It does nothing to prepare them for actually teaching of any subject. From my own experiences raising three children and two step-children, I find too many teachers who have the skills to “teach”, but not the intelligence to understand what it is specifically that they teach. For example, my eldest son (as were all of my children) was in advanced placement math. During one of his classes, he questioned the teacher’s explanation of a certain concept. For this transgression, he was labelled as disruptive. When I went over the issue with him, I found him to be totally correct in his interpretation of the subject. But because the teacher had a master’s degree in “education”, despite the lack of any particular qualifications in math, she was considered to be the expert, and my son was disciplined by the school. Is it then any wonder that my son dropped out of school before finishing 10th grade? Just for the record, when I required him to go to adult education classes, he got his GED immediately after taking the pretest the school board used to figure out what level of classes in which to place him. So much for the need for today’s schools. Why not try getting back to having teachers who are actually versed in the subject matter they intend to teach?

  3. Marvinlee says:

    This is an article that I substantially disagree with. I do agree, however, that “There is certain bitterness in teachers, a certain alienation.” It is asinine that the disaffection should exist, given our trillion dollar annual education bill (all education levels) and the high esteem that surveys show teachers to elicit from the public. The bitterness is not because of enormous employment losses. Nor is it justified by excessive working days per year, lack of vacations, or excessive accountability. On one day, members of the profession can emote about their selfless dedication to the children, while on another day threatening strikes if their demands for compensation are not met. As American workers continue to suffer job losses and real losses of income, teachers look increasingly out-of-touch with modern America. As for the canards against school boards, too many teachers tend to view authorities higher than themselves with disdain, and sometimes outright contempt.

    • David Gillaspie says:

      I think you nailed it better than my post Marvin. It’s such a two way street when we expect teachers to be better than what we grew up with. If you really want a good time, as a teacher about the janitors at their school. They love the janitors, if not all then a particular few. Ask yourself this, would students be better served with more counselors or more janitors? I go with the janitors after all the mis-information from counselors.

      Thanks for stopping by and come back often,

      David

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