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.
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.3
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.
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?