There is a logical explanation as to why a child living in today’s society can spend seven hours each day--for thirteen years-- in the public school system and never become proficient at reading, writing, or arithmetic.
It seems our parents were right when they nagged, “Practice makes perfect.” School children are no longer “practicing” their multiplication tables or their sentence structure as they did in the past because it appears they’re too busy with other, more important, things.
Like learning how to collectively bargain a teacher’s contract.
That’s right, folks. In Los Angeles, students spend up to a week in their classrooms learning from a a multi-part curriculum entitled, “Workplace Issues and Collective Bargaining in the Classroom.”
As reported by Biggovernment.com:
The purpose of the lessons is to get students to appreciate the need for collective bargaining, and experience first-hand how it works. During the lessons, which can take up to a week of class time, students pose as either “labor” or “management” and bargain a teachers’ contract. They grapple with such issues as health insurance co-pays, raises and hiring procedures.
Sadly, this is not surprising anymore. It barely warrants a head shake.
Between required lessons of gay history- which Governor Brown just signed into California Law, lessons of “fluid gender” (with guest lecturers!) , along with instruction on green energy, saving whales and polar bears, anti-bullying, and lessons on multiculturalism and diversity, there are simply not enough hours in the school day for a teacher to devote to complex math problems. Gone are the days of diagramming a sentence; gone are the days of learning the basics of economics, gone are the days of dissecting a frog.
Learning has taken a back seat to environmentalism. And sexuality. And collective bargaining.
The curriculum suggests that schools bring in “coaches” to guide the students. Where do you suppose they get the coaches? Well at teachers unions, the local AFL-CIO labor council, or labor centers at local colleges, of course. Having been taught by the “masters”, students can then regurgitate how to collectively bargain for higher wages, better health care, and the maximum number of vacation and “sick” days possible.
They can learn how to maximize the most money from the government for doing the least amount of work.
Here’s what’s sad: Anywhere from $7000 to $18000 per year is spent on every student in public school throughout the country, yet despite an increase in per-pupil funding, test scores have plummeted in the last 30 years. A simple glance at facebook will reveal that kids are not only less educated, but they have little regard for the English language. Teachers in the Atlanta school district are cheating on standardized tests to make it appear that the kids are learning something (and the parents of these kids are defending the actions of these teachers). Over the years, states have lowered their proficiency standards to ensure federal dollars continue to flow into their state, even if test scores are sub-par. Many of the books used in schools have been “dumbed down” to a level where complex ideas and difficult concepts no longer challenge students.
Ask your teenager if they know the number of tablespoons in a cup and I would venture to guess that they would be stumped. Ask them to make change for a purchase of $1.69 from a $5 bill – without a calculator- and see if they’ve learned how to “count back” the difference. Ask them when and where they would use a semi-colon– or even a comma– in a sentence or how to read a map without Mapquest.
We no longer teach common sense life skills.
That’s what we’re getting folks. As parents are beginning to wake up and question the quality of their children’s education, the unions are rallying teachers to take to the streets and claim “victim” status, encouraging them to protest with intimidating signs reminiscent of the days of Marx and Stalin. In Wisconsin, teachers were blatantly getting “sick notes” from “doctors” on the streets while they were protesting for MORE pay, MORE benefits, MORE pension. The heartfelt stories we hear from these teachers, the ones which usually begin with “it’s all about my kids” and “I love children”, always seem to end with cries of “teachers need more money”.
Remember, a public school teacher has a 9 month job. They get summers, weekends, holidays, and school vacation days off. They have job security unmatched in the private sector, health care benefits, and a pension that they will receive long after they retire. Not only that–these teachers are not locked into teaching. If they are not happy with the profession THEY’VE chosen, they have the ability to walk away and get another job.
If teachers are sincere about their concern for children and the quality of education, they would band together and demand that the classroom once again become a place where children learn the basics. They would collectively reject the new lessons in political correctness, gay sexuality, green energy, diversity, and collective bargaining and use their voices to fight for a stronger curriculum that will benefit, not only their students, but society as a whole.
We need to quit idolizing this profession and start demanding that they stand up and fight for our children’s education. I’m tired of hearing the mantra that teachers are under-appreciated and under paid.
Most are simply cowards, fighting for their own skin instead of the greater good.
Victims? I think not.
Sheep. Self-serving sheep.