I will only address two questions or statements because your mind is made up. Home schooling and private schools are made up of a population of students that for the most part come from fully engaged homes, parents that put their children first and have worked with them, cared for them and nutured them for years. When you compare that to the public schools which serve the mass which include drug babies, parents that do not invest any time in their children you then have the answer to the difference in scores. Public school is given the task of educating everyone with no regard for the fact that this includes a multitude of problems. You cannot compare a child that enters school with experiences of ocean vacations, Disney World, printing their name, knowing their colors to children that have experienced none of these. Also in numerous cases the product of the foster system and multiple divorce. These children and educators start from day one from a point of disadvantage. They continue to play catch up their entire educational career.I would disagree with you.
It sure is easy to blame others than to look at one's own failures. Teachers just want to place their failures on someone else. It's called an excuse.
If you would review the history of education in America, the one room school house, without wifi, smart phones, tablets and computers did far better in educating children. The average high school student today could not pass an 8th grade test from 50 years ago.
It seems that the more pay and more money that the school systems get, the lower the test scores go. Look at the amount of high school graduates that are required to take remedial classes at college entry.
How do the parochial and Christian schools do a superior job of educating students with lower costs and lower teacher salaries? Hmmmmm? How do home schooled students tend to score higher than the average victim of public education.
Perhaps you should watch the documentary "Waiting for Superman" and you would have a different opinion.
Teachers need to vote out the union. Tenure needs to be eliminated completely. Teachers need to be judged on their performance.
If you notice, some teachers are better than others. They have similar students and similar parents. It's pretty simple. Some teachers are smarter and work harder than than the others.
Now, all teachers, quit making excuses, quit yer sniveling and get back to work. You can all be replaced by someone willing to work harder, cheaper and willing to achieve greater results.
I believe people here are missing the point. This is not about making excuses but more about what is happening to society in general. It is in every area of our world. The medical community, the schools and the penal system. We are in serious trouble as a nation and rather than blame or whine both parties need to ask what we can do to make it better.