Wednesday, September 05, 2007

get educated

Anyone involved in the American educational system as a teacher, administrator, parent, or student must read this excellent post right now. Read the whole thing. Then check out Time magazine's recent cover story on The Genius Problem.

Truth. It does a body good.



  • OMG!!!!

    I shutter at the thought of what my life would be like if I had continued my path to being a high school teacher.

    I can't remember who said this, but I heard a quote about entitlement that said something along the lines of "no one owes you anything - the world was here first." I love that!

    When I did my field work before student teaching, I was put in a 4th grade class in which there was two brats. I spoke to the teacher about them and all she said was that she hated those kids' parents (not the kids themselves, although their behavior made them hatable).

    As much as I can't stand K and aspects of the corporate world, I am glad my life took me here!

    By Anonymous rev. nicole, at 8:58 AM  

  • Being in education for 15 years - all of which in high schools - I can sympathize with the desire to get rid of the trouble-makers. I do it all the time.

    Unfortunately, it is the nature of education to reflect the society at large. Public schools are governed by local boards of education -- elected officials who face many of the same limitations all elected officials face. Political forces (both local and national) need to be considered.

    We (as educators) all do our best, but I refuse to believe education is doomed because of the difficult kids. Successful kids in high school today know (and are expected to know) far more than my generation. Students who failed just twenty years ago had parents and a society who both understood that college is not meant for everyone.

    More opportunity for technical education would provide the difficult kids who hate math and English an outlet to learn and succeed in life. Everyone can learn - are we as a society willing to let go of the expectation for high SAT scores and high school graduations? Is that politically correct?

    Wouldn't it be better if all kids could be given the chance to succeed -- not all expected to conform to the same often unreasonable expectations?

    By Blogger Parker, at 2:15 PM  

  • Thank you so much for this mention and link! You're so nice!

    I wrote about what I saw. I wish it were different.

    By Blogger Mamacita (Mamacita), at 1:37 AM  

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