Saturday, February 5, 2011


As Obama's plan in the works, Race To The Top (RTTP), rests on dastardly corporate values which have compromised our country forever yet teachers are left holding the accountability bag. Truly a disappointment for those of us hoping for some common sense about the viral infection of standardized testing which has all but ruined public education. Competition as a way of improving schools is just bogus theory. Mysteriously missing in the plan is the teacher voice. Teachers are left out, especially in urban areas where student behavior is at a new low, where their voices are needed the most. The societal problems caused by poverty are overwhelming and have metastasized into our public schools, and not just in the failing ones. The levels of violence, weapons, the tolerance of chronic disgusting language and the intimidation of district powers has brow-beaten the teacher. We are afraid to speak up, talk to the media or question authority with its insane forced failure methods repeated year after year. Gang root holes in urban high schools have taken hold while its threat is minimized or ignored, or at least kept secret from teachers, parents and the general public. Who is accountable for what and to whom? Now teacher evaluations will be attached to student test scores for more "accountability". Who else is being held responsible, on their job evaluations, for student success? Who? Let's share some stories here to show those not familiar with the shocking state of public education that they have no idea about what's really going on. There aren't any true efforts to invest in the necessities required to turn poverty, racism and class division around. Who makes too much? And who "has it made", what was that again about my job and test scores?


Anonymous said...

Student arrested for 'passing gas' and turning off classmates' ...
Full story: The Morning Call
According to a report released Friday by the Martin County Sheriff's Office, the 13-year-old boy "continually disrupted his classroom environment" by intentionally breaking wind.

There is much worse than this. Is this what the spike in suspensions is from? Farting?

Anonymous said...

what happened to vocational ed? why is that a non-topic?