thedouglas (thedouglas) wrote,

a response to a blog...

Category: School, College, Greek

One of the greatest problems we face in the US is that our educational system was designed by adults for adults. Correction by adult politicians for a generic, business-focussed, concept of the average adult. Especially today, children are barraged with stimuli 24/7 and yet are expected to employ a degree of focus that most adults find impossible to achieve. 'No Child Left Behind' has become the perfect way for parents and politicians to refocus the blame of a failing educational system off of themselves and onto the one group of people who have unflaggingly tried to keep the child at the center of all effort: the teachers.

My training was in teaching, and I was fortunate enough to spend the two years after getting my Master's touring the very schools I for which I would be applying for jobs.  I was horrified to see the situation, and that was in the early 90s. Teachers are left alone and unsupported by an administration that is more concerned with parental approval, and parents who want teachers to educate without parenting (an impossibility in the parentless society we have been developing.) Educators cannot discipline or the parents will try to get them fired, and most often will succeed, because the Superintendants invariably side with the parents, who side with their children, without truly bothering to seek out the truth of the situation.

Education is a journey, as all seekers of knowledge know (or at least feel). There are no outcomes, only milestones.

So, when our government only measures outcomes, and bosses only measure outcomes, how can we blame our kids for trying to find the easiest way to get the payoff with the least amount of work?

Isn't that truly what "The American Way" has come to mean?

Heck, you don't even have to be smart or successful to be President.

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