Saturday, August 23, 2008

Why Public Education In America Is In The Tank.

Some of you might be old enough to remember, a long time ago, when we had something called teachers.

Do you wonder why kids today graduate from high school and can’t add simple numbers or write a complete sentence?

Well take some time to listen to the kind of blather that flows out of the mouths of the elitist, pin-head educators who are responsible for filling your child’s head with oatmeal?

I’m sorry but I regretfully admit that, whenever they get together and begin to try to impress each other with their eduspeak, I have no idea what they are saying.

It seems to me, educators waste too much time evolving developmentally appropriate technologies and targeting developmentally appropriate learning styles. They insult regular people with their boring, non-stop iterations of multidisciplinary alignments, their visions of child-centered curriculum integration and their shameless exploitations of holistic methodologies.

Rather than further extending constructivist action-items, transitioning into real-time learning, reinventing site-based instruction, and plotting benchmarks for learning-intensive goals, it seems to me that they would all do a much better job of facilitating efficient infrastructures if they would just teach these kids how to read and write and count and think.


Now that was fun! I composed this using a handy little gizmo called an educational jargon generator. If you are a teacher, try it; you’ll like it. And then you'll be able to impress all your other educator friends.

7 comments:

Daisy said...

Hmmm, I don't know. Educators never ever use the term, "waste too much time." My husband is convinced that administrators & textbook creators all peddle the same junk. They just pay someone to invent new jargon for it.

It really is a foreign language. Oddly enough I was the one teaching the other first grade teacher something really simple called phonics rules. They'd never been taught them. I guess they are too busy learning how to maximize whole-group instruction with differentiated techniques. CRAZY!!

Stan McCullars said...

It's a shame that such a high percentage of the typical public school budget goes not to teaching but rather to administrators. Some administrators are obviously needed. However, the percentage of non-teaching staff has gone through the roof in the past 30-40 years.

I could rant for days on this one.

Anonymous said...

As the leader of a prominent "Christian" school organization once said, “We must implement strategies that embrace that unique confluence where intellectual development and spiritual formation embrace.” Where have all the teachers gone? It appears they have been replaced by "educators" and "learning facilitators."

Ralph M. Petersen- Always Right;Sometimes Wrong! said...

Stan,
I could rant endlessly about that too. The problem with public schools is that they exist in the first place.

Ralph M. Petersen- Always Right;Sometimes Wrong! said...

Stan,

California ranks near the top in per capita spending for public education (nearly $10,000. per child per year) and ranks 48 of 50 in testing performance.

Obviously, contrary to what the teacher's unions demand, more spending is NOT the solution.

Stan McCullars said...

Political solutions usually involve money. Results? Next question.

Money talks.

I don't exactly think public schools should be around either. There's definitely nothing in the US Constitution authorizing Congress to provide any funding for it.

Ron Livesay said...

"Teacher" implies that there is someone who actually knows something and imparts that knowledge to others who do not know it. Of course, that means we have to admit that students don't already have all the answers inside of them, and that is certainly not politically correct.

"Learning facilitator" implies that instead of teaching, what goes on in the classroom is the pooling of ignorance. I guess that is probably true.

In light of this, I can certainly say, “Eye use to kuddn’t even spel “ejukader,” and now Eye are wun.