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Sad Need for a Defense of Education.Posted Saturday, November 7, 2009, at 3:44 PM
But that's not what actually sickens me. What sickens me, is that they are allowed to trash educators on this site and the rest of you don't call them on it. Most of you stay quiet and let them do it, while the rest of you actually congratulate them on the baseless lies and attacks on our education system.
The specific lies about education deal with history. These people like to get on this site and profess to know what is taught in history class and the simple fact of the matter is that they have no clue what even happens in a classroom let alone a history classroom.
They, of course, fault the teacher fully for anything that isn't learned (that they feel should be) in the classroom. Most teachers that are in the classroom have spent about 8 years in college learning history and how to teach it but that doesn't mean they are going to be experts coming out of school.
They want very specific occurrences studied in class that has to cover over 200 in a year. The fact is, things will be left out, it's a fact of life. This is where the student comes in. If the student wants to know more about a particular event that occurred in our past it is up to them to go research it. But sadly most high school students hate history class and won't take that opportunity to go out and research something they want to know about.
Teaching is not a glamorous job. People don't go into the teaching profession to make money, they go into it to educate and make a difference in childrens lives. But to listen to these people, you wouldn't know that.
If the military was trashed even a tenth as much on this blog as education is you would have a mutiny on your hands. Educators, though, I get the impression you could hang them and for some on this site that would be too good for them. Yes it is a violent image but I'm afraid that isn't far from the truth.
The horrible thing about these people is that most of them haven't sat foot in a classroom since they were in school themselves let alone inside a school. Yet they want to sit here and tell everyone that they, alone, know what is going on in the schools and they, alone, know how to fix the problems that they see in the classroom.
Here's the true, unadulterated fact. They don't have the faintest idea of what happens in a classroom let alone what is taught. What is absolutely inexusable however, is that they are able to push their lies and distortions with little to no push back.
So here I go with their lies:
God is forbidden in school: It is in FACT completely untrue. What is not allowed is teacher or administration led prayer. Students can lead prayers wherever they want. Groups can lead prayers wherever they want. Most schools have a moment of silence at the beginning of school, a time when, if the student wants to they can pray. This lie typically comes from someone who gets their information from particular sites and believe it to be true and don't bother to check the information for themselves.
History teachers teach children to hate the United States: There are actually many lies and distortions that fall under this heading but this is the gist of their argument. One of the first ones is about Christopher Columbus. All that is taught about him and apparently leads to the distortion is that Columbus did not discover America. This is fact. He got relatively close, landing in Cuba, but he never set eyes on the American coast let alone set foot on our shores.
Another lie that they like to throw out is that History teachers tell their students that Americans are racist. Again another outright lie. We discuss that at different times in our history decisions have been made that were based on race. This one also has a distortion to it. The people who profess that American children are taught that America is a racist country are the ones that want children to learn only half-truths about our history. Historians don't do that and neither do teachers. To have a full understanding of our history, historians and teachers need to present everything (the good and the bad) about our country's history. To not do that is not educating children.
All teachers are liberals: As far as I can tell this is more of misinformation than an outright lie. They believe it to be true just like the media having a liberal bias. But if you ask teachers around the country if all teachers are liberals, not only will you be told no, you're liable to get laughed at right in the face. The vast majority of teachers are moderate, with the next percentage being conservative, and then liberal. But any good teacher doesn't teach their values or beliefs they only teach what their subject calls for. Any teacher that is out there to push their values and/or beliefs on students needs to find a new profession.
There are many issues with education today. We live in a country where we believe that all Americans have a right to education no matter their sex, religion, race, or disabilities. While this is something I also believe in it creates issues in the classroom. No student learns the same and when you throw the vast numbers of students into a classroom that is a whole different method of teaching that needs to take place.
I would love, as a history teacher, to be able to teach about all the greatness that has happened in our history but there simply isn't time in a school year to do all that. There just isn't. When school starts we are already behind the 8 ball to get through the book and unfortunately we fall short. Some events in American history just deserve more time than others. The Revolutionary War, the Civil War, Reconstruction, both World Wars, Civil Rights, the Vietnam War. Unfortunately because Civil Rights and Vietnam fall towards the end of the book they don't get the time they so richly deserve.
I absolutely love the Cold War, everything that happened during that 40 some odd years, but because of time constraints I don't really get to focus on it.
The bottom line here is, education is a very hard and rewarding profession. But reading comments and blogs that appear on this site, I can more than understand why there is a teacher shortage in this country. Who in their right mind would want to teach in a country that is dominated by people that want to lie and distort what teachers actually do and then get away with lies and distortions because no one will stand up to them.
Most of these people who profess to know exactly what happens in a classroom actually have no clue. They don't have any idea the training teachers have to go through just to become a teacher. They don't know that not only are teachers expected to educate, they are expected to keep order in the classroom, they are expected to teach every child (not just the rich ones or the smart ones). Teaching is not easy and I would challenge any one of them to substitute (just sit in one day for a teacher, they won't have to plan for the day and the different classes that will happen, or plan for the different students that they will see throughout the day, just go in give an assignment and make sure everyone does what they are supposed to do) for just one day.
None of these people will take that challenge, because they think they know all there is to know about what happens in a classroom. Like I said, they don't care what ACTUALLY happens in a classroom and if I had to guess, they don't care either.
Is this an attack on the liars and distortions? You better believe it. I may have do it alone on this site, but I am no longer going to sit back and read the lies and distortions go unchallenged.
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