An Apple For The Teacher 🍎 Open Thread 🍎



I was raised in an era where teaching was a much respected profession. There are now and always will be men and women dedicated to teaching children to the very best of their ability. Unfortunately they are not in charge of our education system. Sadly many have left the profession because they cannot or will not follow the guidelines set up by those who are in charge.

A public school education once prepared you to enter the world with the tools needed to make your way depending on your ability and willingness to work towards whatever goal to which you aspired. Those who were fortunate enough to go to college could aspire higher. That’s not to say that many without that education didn’t go far – many did and still do.

Today a college degree seems to be a goal in itself and it doesn’t’ prepare graduates for the real world. A college education no longer teaches young people how to think for themselves.

Those of us who benefited from a good public school education in the past look around us in amazement at the education given to our children and grandchildren. It is usually  inferior to what we received. What happened to a country that once had some of the best educated young people in the world? What happen that we are now only somewhere in the middle of the pack of a good western education?

Since the education of our young has been almost entirely in the hands of the Democrats they must take most of the blame. That the opposition in the Republican Party did little or nothing to stop this decline makes them equally at fault. Whining about a problem is not a solution.

The left continues to do all in its power to make ignoramuses of our children and the right continues to point a finger at them in an effort to get you to vote for them so they can continue in their inability to fix the problem.

Our children are not reading at grade level.

The literacy rates among fourth grade students in America are sobering. Sixty six percent of all U.S. fourth graders scored “below proficient” on the 2013 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) reading test, meaning that they are not reading at grade level. Even more alarming is the fact that among students from low-income backgrounds, 80 percent score below grade level in reading.
Reading proficiency among middle school students isn’t much better. On the 2013 NAEP reading test, about 22 percent of eighth graders scored below the “basic” level, and only 36 percent of eighth graders were at or above grade level.

We don’t like to appear concerned about how much we spend when it comes to educating our children – it makes us feel as if we care more for money than the kids. That’s all very noble if it wasn’t for the fact that we get so little value for all the money spent.

Some states spend a great deal more than we spend here in Wisconsin. But the results are the same. Dismal. Children graduate from High School without the ability to even read their diploma. Millions of young people go of to college where they then have to take remedial classes before they can begin to get a college education.

Today’s teaching profession is ruled by the Teacher’s Union. This Union religiously wails about getting more for themselves in order to benefit the “children”. They want more for doing such a poor job. Their only solution to every problem is more money. Provided it comes their way where it then is divided and much of it finds it’s way back into the coffers of the Democrat Party which uses it to get reelected to then send more money to the Teacher’s Unions.

Chicago Schools with their bloated demands lead by their bloated leader are just one example, although a loud and dismal one, of the problem. The problem is nationwide. Chicago just showed the teacher’s union and their greed more clearly than most.

When it comes to education, as well as most other aspects of life, one size does not fit all. That is where charter schools, home schooling and other innovative ideas for education are doing well. These innovations come from the private sector and are anathema to liberals. They do all they can to shut them down.

A good example of liberal hypocrisy is President Obama’s war on the voucher program in D.C. His daughter’s receive the best education available. Malia and Sasha Obama attend  Sidwell Friends School, the $36,000-a-year private academy.

 Sidwell Friends School is described as “the Harvard of Washington’s private schools”, the school has educated children of notable politicians.  Vice President Joe Biden’s grandchildren attend the school.  Richard Nixon’s daughter Tricia, Bill Clinton’s daughter Chelsea Clinton, and Vice President Al Gore’s son, Albert Gore III, graduated from Sidwell Friends.

Despite Obama’s actions, DC voucher program lives on

An education expert with The Heritage Foundation is frustrated that the Obama White House continues to chip away at funding for a radically successful school voucher program.

Your children may not receive a quality education but you can rest assured that the children of those in government will always make sure that their children get the best.

All of this information is readily available. Our children are the future and their young minds are being malnourished. So why aren’t more parents up in arms? Where are the pitchforks and torches?


18 Responses to “An Apple For The Teacher 🍎 Open Thread 🍎”

  1. mcnorman Says:

    Reading skills are so critical to education. English is not my first language. We didn’t have kindergarten at the time that I entered school. I was the only kid in the entire school who didn’t speak English. If it had not been for the love and patience of my first grade teacher, I would not have learned to love reading. We used McGuffey Readers and it was then that I truly understood how interesting reading could be. I used them with my daughter as well. I was shocked when I taught highschool at the amount of illiteracy in a public school. All were perfectly capable, but emphasis was beginning to become how they felt, not whether they could read, write or count. That was decades ago. We have been prioritizing the wrong things imho.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      So glad to have your input! You have been on the front lines of this issue both as a child and as an adult.

      I go by what I read somewhat but also by what I see in my own family. Two of my beloved granddaughters are functionally illiterate and yet have a High School Diploma. That enrages me. Their future was stolen for some progressive agenda. I just cannot understand why more parents and grandparents aren’t angrier and determined to do something about it.

      I think I have mentioned a dear friend of mine who taught school for many years but finally couldn’t endure the nonsense she was supposed to teach. She retired and then homeschooled her grandchildren. She did such a marvelous job with them she now takes in a few kids each year and tutors them. Given the substandard education they get in school she is basically homeschooling them too. They leave her hands to excel in school and to lead their classes. When they get their diplomas they’ll be able to read them.

      I was gifted with my love of books and reading by my maternal Grandmother. How sad that so few of our young people will know that love. It lasts a lifetime.

      I did have some hope when the “Harry Potter” craze was on and kids waited for each new book. Now that seems to have died out too. Now kids just watch the darn movies.

      • mcnorman Says:

        Sorry, for the late comment. My kid got married two weeks ago. It was a very difficult three months prior to that. Now, I have a massive hot water leak in the concrete slab in my house leading to my bathroom. It’s always something. It’s never small either, but I digress. You are right…our children have been cheated. If it is not for parents and grandparents who take up the cause, they have nothing. I don’t consider Google Search an education yet that is what they are being given. I love reading. God Bless your friend for giving the grandkids the gift of a lifetime.

  2. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This is an issue that really strikes at the heart of where we are today, a reality I lament on a regular basis. Our educational system is NOTHING like it was when I was growing up, when teachers were allowed the time to take a personal interest in their students, when they didn’t have to adhere to a strict curriculum of someone else’s making for a standardized test to make sure the school got its funding, not to mention the agenda being pushed by a liberal teacher’s union that has taken over so many areas. Our teachers didn’t have unions, and they were able to teach – really teach – their students.

    Yes, it was very different back then. Even my liberal cousin who is a retired Education professor who taught students to become teachers laments where we are now, thinks Common Core is a DISASTER, and says she would homeschool her children if they were still school age.

    She and I were both educated in public schools in NC, back when STATES controlled their educational system. Our education was light years ahead of what kids are learning now that the Fed has essentially taken over education. What a disaster that has been…

    Anyway – thank you for this excellent post, Marge. Where we are with our kids explains a whole lot abt how we are now at a place where emotion rules all, and facts are meaningless…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      You are so right that it strikes at the heart of who we are. If we are willing to throw away the future of a generation what have we become?

      We burden them with a national debt they will be unable to pay off, we don’t give the educational tools they need to make a success of their lives, and we give them an immoral and dishonest culture.

      I try to believe in the basic goodness and strength of this country but day by day that becomes more difficult.

  3. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Speaking of being ruled by emotion and ignoring facts for rhetoric and propaganda, I was SHOCKED to see the following claim by the NAACP President abt Colin Kapernick and Rosa Parks:

    In essence, the NAACP Prez likens the multi-millionaire, spoiled, ignorant, uneducated professional athlete to ROSA PARKS. I kid you not.

    We have lost any semblance of sanity in this nation.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      How could the NAACP dishonor the contribution of Rosa Parks, a heroine by comparing a POS spoiled, ignorant rich brat like Kaepernick. Blacks often complain that they don’t get the respect they think they deserve. Rosa Parks certainly isn’t getting the respect she deserves and the disrespect isn’t coming from “whitey”.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        You are not only kidding, Marge. Can you BELIEVE the way they are dishonoring her?? Just incredible…

        And the cartoon is spot on…

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    There is nothing more important, IMO, than good teachers who prepare children to be able to make the most of their lives. Without an education they will never be able to fully participate.

    There is nothing worse, IMO, than those in the teaching profession and in the teacher’s unions that us children to fulfill some agenda.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I remember very well when the teachers went on strike, demanding a TON of money even though they aren’t doing the best job there in Chicago. At first, Rahm was standing up to them, but we all knew it was a matter of time before he caved, and cave he did..

  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Since I posted something abt the Seattle Seahawks and what they were planning for Sunday, I have an update. It seems they are now planning (and maybe were all along) to honor the United States and the Flag:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Good. Because I suspect that anyone that dishonors the flag on 9/11 will come to regret it.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Funny you should say that! I was just coming here to post the following article abt the endorsement a Broncos player lost after his refusal to stand for the Flag at last night’s Panthers v. Broncos game:

        People are welcome to say what they want, but they should be aware that it goes BOTH ways…

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          These attention seeking idiots need to be shown that their actions have consequences.

          They also need to know that not everyone thinks them some kind of hero for sitting on their ass in order to protest. What nonsense. And the MSM eggs them on.

          Fools are rushing to purchase Kaepernick jerseys. Just shows you the amount of insanity that surrounds us.

  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Dana Perino makes a great point here. Makes you wonder, or at least it does me:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I know there are a lot of people that think Trump is “rescuing” Hillary when he opens his big yap every time he should have her on the ropes. I don’t. I think he just can’t stand to have anyone else in the spotlight even if he appears negative instead of positive. Because in his narcissistic head he can never be seen negatively. JMO

  7. creeper00 Says:

    Hay, Marge…
    needlepointer is here and she found you for me. I’m so glad to see you posting. Busy weekend here but I’ll be back. Hugs to you.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Hi Creeper! I never stopped posting – I just stopped posting some places. I get/got tired of arguing so skedaddled to a place with like minded people.

      The Rev has had surgery so I’ve been filling in for her until she can post regularly. Inadequately but determinedly.

      Just to warn you, I am adamantly #NeverTrump and just as adamantly #NeverHillary. I post that way.

      One thing I am completely and wholeheartedly is anti-MSM and anti-most politicians. That and my never Trump and never Hillary has lost me some friends. Even lost me my “home” at NQ.

      The Rev has had similar experiences.

      Thus if you want to talk about 9/11, rip Obama limb from limb, rhetorically of course, and similar chit-chat let’s get to it.

      But let us NOT argue politics. It solves nothing and I don’t want to “lose” you again.

      ((((Hugs)))) back at ya!

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