What's rarely asked in these discussions is why the schools are bad. It seems to be an unspoken assumption that:
- it's the teacher's fault
- it's the administration's fault
- there's not enough money
- it's the union's fault
- some children can't/won't learn
- some parents can't/won't support their children
- federal mandates take time away from actual teaching in the classroom
- federal mandates smother innovation and creates teaching to the test
- parents that DO support children often are dismissed by teachers and administrators if parental vision differs from the school vision
To close out this wild week in Missouri education, we are offering a bit of dark humor from various Facebook postings. Do these postings represent the current crop of students from American educational institutions? Is this what NCLB has wrought? If it is, why are we subscribing to Race to the Top mandates (NCLB on steroids) which demand even more centralized control, standardized testing and less critical thinking skills?
From "Unforgivable Facebook Posts": (warning some strong language)
You can read the other "unforgivable Facebook posts" here. These aren't all from young people. There is a post from a dad apparently flummoxed by the internet and his son rescuing him from the avalanche of technology available.