In Japan, a country very often tossed out as one of the best education systems in the world, teachers and educators are on the same soci-economic level as doctors, lawyers and accountants. Their administrators are treated like giants in industry.
In this country we treat teachers like they should think themselves lucky to be given the opportunity to teach our unruly kids. It would not surprise me that if many people still didn?t think they should work for room and board like back in the 1800?s.
Everyone considers himself or herself an expert on education just because they went to school. Of course the worse they did in school or the bigger the **** raiser they were, the bigger the expert they think they are, it?s payback time in their feeble minds.
Fact is we have turned our education system into a baby-sitting service for people that probably should have never had kids to begin with.
We throw all the responsibilities of parenting we can on the schools and then wonder why in the world we get less then we hope for in basic education.
Everyone and their brother demands and gets access to our kids via the schools: art associations, lung association, rape-crises, save the earth, safe the cats and dogs, don?t do drugs, don?t do this or do do that; one do-gooder group after another. And then we wonder why they can?t read and write.
Most if not all of this stuff should be and one time was the responsibilities of parents.
Then we get nonsense like the ?No Child Left Behind? from the government bureaucracies when in reality the brutal truth is, there are going to be plenty of children left behind. Always has been and always will be.
We mainline extremely difficult problem children into normal class rooms that take up enormous resources and then wonder whey we don?t have text books and microscopes, but we have kids with nurses assigned to them because they can not function on their own.
We feed them breakfast and lunch because the parents won?t feed them decent meals at home. We have the Toothfairy coming in to teach them how to brush their teeth and Smokey-the-bear teaching them how to put out a cigarette, then wonder why they can?t make change for a dollar or find Iraq on a world map. We hand out condemns and tell our kids how dangerous sex can be and teen pregnancy continues to be a major problem.
We have tied the hands of schools on discipline and complain and moan that there is too much drugs, crime and violence on school compasses, but heaven forbid if you peek into a locker and violate some gun toting, drug pushes rights! In rushes the ACLU and half dozen other?s to file suits against the teacher, the principal and anyone within a country mile.
We have created huge bureaucracies at state and federal levels that collect enormous amounts of education tax dollars and sends only a small percentage back to the class room, the rest is eat up in Washington or Madison or other state/federal bureaucracies.
We shift enormous resources form our smartest and brightest kids to our slowest and least capable. The Federal Title I program is a redistribution of the wealth program and only one example that should be eliminated, as should the entire Washington education bureaucracy.
The public makes all these decisions. The same public that never misses an opportunity to whine about the public education system ?they? have created, not educators, they just try to do the best they can with a system that was created by what someone visiting form outer space would assume were idiots.
Then we begrudge principals because they drive Porches when in reality if that same person were in the private sector he would probably make twice the money with half the headaches. Truth is that in all likelihood, you should probably be **** thankful you have him.
Incidentally, this is not a Tomahawk or Wisconsin problem, it is a national crisis. Most school districts are feeling severe financial pain.
<small>[ February 23, 2003, 09:57 PM: Message edited by: Kerry Tobin ]</small>