Tommy, Congratulations on your achievements!<quoted text>
I am a Harvard undergrad and a Washington University Post Grad. where i graduated in the top 5% of my Medical School Class. Why does this matter??
All the information that I use is available on the Internet and is accurate. where am I misinformed?? Hmmm look for yourself... The stas do not lie.
What is your occupation and level of education?
I think our legislators should tackle healthcare reform as soon as they deal with the pesky issues surrounding education. Healthcare costs are out of control! My insurance premiums continue to rise and I'm also very concerned about the $800 bill I had to pay out of pocket for an emergency room visit I made last year.
I propose that we pay healthcare workers based on the survival of their patients and/or the improvement of their patients' health.
Wait a minute, you're an oncologist with a higher rate of patient mortality due to their bleak prognosis? Too bad. Looks like you will be out of a job soon because you are ineffective as a doctor if you can't save them all.
You say you are a cardiologist with patients who continually ignore your orders to lose weight, eat healthier, and exercise more and that is contributing to the decline of their health? Not my problem. If that patient dies, it certainly reflects your ability as a doctor. How dare you blame the patient--you're the doctor, their savior. YOU should be working miracles.
Now let's relate this to teachers. Please understand that teachers fight ignorance about the challenges they are up against every day. Teachers in areas with high poverty rates do not have cooperative 'patients.' Those kids do not do their homework, or stay awake in class, or have the support at home to enable them to be successful and follow the guidance of their teachers to do well in their courses let alone perform well on high-stakes state tests. This is why teachers fight so fiercely against student achievement being tied to their evaluations. They can write the prescription, give the advice, and work with their patients. But if that patient refuses treatment, it is unfair to blame the doctor.
Do we need educational reform? Absolutely. But I think you really need to acknowledge that teachers deserve respect and at the very least some empathy for what they do every day.
Also, I hope that at some point you've thanked all those teachers who helped you become so successful. Learning cannot be achieved without collaboration.