Tuesday, December 7, 2010
No it's not...
Stop these politicians and ivory tower education reformers and corporate world types from forcing new unproven policies and reforms down teachers' throats every year. It never fails, some administrator reads a book or attends a conference and hears about some new magic bullet reform idea that will supposedly improve education. Teachers are taken out of class throughout the next year or two to be trained in these methods which are then scrapped when the next fad comes along. Meanwhile, teachers are forced to start all over again developing and learning a new miracle technique, while students have another ten or so half days where they go home early and receive no education, only to see the process repeated the next year when a new administrator decides to implement their solution. It is a never ending cycle of waste. Hire teachers who are well educated in their subject areas who can relate to kids and enjoy the spreading of knowledge and the students will follow. It really is quite simple...Oh, yeah, and make sure your students come from families that stress the importance of education to their children.
House Education Chair: U.S. School System Is 'Failing Our Country'
U.S. students ranked "average" in an international education assessment released on Tuesday, but House Education and Labor Chairman George Miller (D-Calif.) is giving the country's school system an F.
"Average won't help us regain our global role as a leader in education. Average won't help our students get the jobs of tomorrow. Average is the status quo and it's failing our country," Miller said in a statement Tuesday.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the results "a massive wakeup call," adding that the findings released earlier today by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development "show that a host of developed nations are out-educating us."