I saw one if my Grandmother's report cards from high school. She was born in 1889. Even as a grade schooler I recognized how standards had lowered even then.
We got the "social grade passing", "self-esteem" vogue in education, producing illiterates with high school diplomas. I know. I was a Literacy Volunteerr in a big inner city.
My parents were teachers. Mom taught art in a nearby public system. My dad was a guy who would not leave his principalship in an elementary school for higher administrative jobs (BS jobs he called them) because he knew he was in the spot to make a difference. He never missed a meeting and sending of the school buses, a cafeteria visit to know his 3500 kids (and he knew them) . He hired professionals and was quick to point out
the diffenece between teaching 1st grade 25 times and have having built 25 years experience.His was his heart was broken totally for his Noble Profession with the first teacher
strike at our school, 1972, the crazy stuff in the teachers room, the ostrascizing those against the uniuon, one he had to take to a mental hospital over it, etc.etc. We do need to pay professionals well to attract them. But now we have soooo many clock punchers...now. I mean have you ever tried to reach a public teacher qt school 30 seconds after the LET ME OUT hour. What happened to pros being pros 24/7?
When he retired they named the Elementary school after my dad. The people he touched all still wish for the day it was like when he was there....
That's not just HIM. That's a general feeling everywhere these days. Much of our malaise economically is a result of unprepared workers, teachers, and schools that are so regulated/union-
ized and unfunded-mandated.
Sadly, my parents discouraged me from teaching as my degree. I have taught and lectured in may settings, and i love the hands on. But i could not have taken the factory atmosphere much less the
union nonsense about hours kept and days for this and days for that. It now takes 3 administrators to do my dad's job (HUH???) or so the new structure of public education would have us believe.
And he even told mom to fly under the radar...she joined for our own good.
My parents did not protest when my kids went to private schools. and college. And he was most pleased with their educated prowess.
Gee, Dan, I fear i offend some, but, i think this is TELLING IT LIKE IT IS. sosolar