listen, we NEED to quit fooling ourselves, NO amount of GOOD, COMPASSIONALTE teachers will solve the problem... unless u can get them to adopt2/3/4 kids each.
I kid around with a couple of my teachers and ask them if they prefer taking their kids home or spending nights at school?
I ask them what they think the year-round school talk is and the new 24/7, 365 day 'schools' are all about?
I then ask them if they heard about the new PSA's about keeping 'at risk' kids after hours and feeding them dinner (the PSA goes something like kids saying 'an afternoon snack doesn't keep them from going to bed hungry'. what's that tell you?).
the 'government powers' KNOW what the problem with our public schools IS. it is unprepared, unsocialized, unfed, UNPARENTED kids.
I also ask them when are THEY going to demand their unions speak the truth and demand real solutions.... instead of just demanding more pay to 'play' along?
u know what I get back? "I know, I know...."...
and guess what? they DO know. they live and deal with the constant disciplinary problems, lack of respect for learning, property or people, etc...
most of my teachers have several 'class' rooms (class rm and shop or computer rooms, etc...). they have been told that they cannot divide their classes... they must have all students in one room under their watchful eyes 100% of the time. when some kid needs to make up class room time, NO BODY gets shop time. kids that have earned shop time then get bored and do what kids do... get aides, u say? who's gonna pay?
90% of the parents, all parents, just don't have a CLUE.
it IS a wonder that the number of kids that do manage to learn something DO.
and this is just a small middle-American city school system... always been intergrated... even in Jim Crow days. so, it's not a post-forced integration thing or post-busing.
it is a post-Progressive influence thing.
I agree! My quote: "I also believe parents still play the main role in ensuring their children respect authority and dedicate themselves to an education. Teachers cannot be both parent and educator."