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A New School Year*Posted Wednesday, August 25, 2010, at 2:49 PM
*Which by of course I mean a new school year for opponents of education will once again attack educators for no other reason than it is the politically thing to do.
I have long tried to figure out why so many people constantly attack the American Education System. For a long time I thought it had something to do with their complete lack of understanding about faith's place in the school. Oh sure they will scream and yell at you and tell you that God is banned from public schools. When you calmly explain to them that not only is God still in schools there are several student groups on campuses all around the United States devoted to Christian causes, that there are prayers around the flagpoles in the mornings before schools, or that most schools recognize a moment of silence where I student can pray if they so choose to, they either completely ignore what you have just said or call you a liar and keep declaring their stance.
Then I thought it might be the politics of it all. Were there simply more liberal leaning teachers than conservative leaning teachers and that is what boiled their blood. Actually most teachers are moderates and the good to great teachers do not waste a moment of their class time trying to push their ideology. There just is not enough class time for it anyways. There are polls out showing that professors are more apt to discuss their political ideology but this neither proves nor validates that it happens at the high school and lower levels.
I also considered that it was because they were trying to push a religious ideology in the science classrooms, with limited success.
None of these fit the mold. Then I finally figured it out. They simply hate education. Follow me on this because some of you may stop right at that sentence and start throwing all kinds of bombs my way. Think about it, whenever any kind of story comes around that throws a teacher or a school into a negative light these "haters of education" (as I like to call them) take that little nugget and run with it in an attempt to cast all education in that negative light.
Take for example the new school complex in Los Angeles. The Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools. The media has played this for all it is worth. They have cast just enough suspicion with the naming of their stories that a lot of people believe this to be one gigantic high school. It is very similar the media's framing of Park51 in New York as the "Ground Zero Mosque". They tweak it just enough so that people believe that is just one school. Yahoo led with the title, "LA unveils $578M school, costliest in the nation".
I did my own researching, because frankly I do not trust any of the news anymore to give a fair accounting of what is actually going on. The Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools actually has six schools on this site, not just one. I am not defending the cost or the extravagance put into the place but I am defending the purpose of the schools and how they got it.
Anyone who has any actual knowledge of school districts knows that 90%+ of the funding that schools get towards building and infrastructure comes from the community not from the government. Saying otherwise is either blatant misinformation or complete ignorance of the way that schools work. But then again when you have a group of people that hate education they can actually fit both molds.
The schools were not built or funded with any money from the state of California. The planning of this school has been going on since the 90s when the Los Angeles Unified School District bought the old Ambassador Hotel. This of course being the hotel where RFK had been assassinated. The groundbreaking for this complex was in 2006. It is not a recent event. The entire complex was paid for by taxpayers in funds that they approved. In other words, the funding (despite what some would have you believe) was already paid for. The RFK Schools despite their high price tag were paid for long before any building occurred.
Naturally, those who hate education do not like you knowing the facts so when they report on them or talk about them they leave the facts out so they can make this look as leftist (I must admit ignorance on what leftist actually means since it has never been explained to me except through Conservapedia) as possible and blame the school in part for why California is bankrupt.
Of course there is also the cases of teacher-student sex. It is despicable and deplorable for any teacher to ever take advantage of the trust that students have in them, but it's hardly an epidemic. It is also not indicative of 99%+** of the teachers in the system. You would not know that, however, if you solely listened to those who hate education. They would convince you, if they could, that all teachers are pedophiles to some extent. There is a double standard though. When a male teacher is caught with a female student, he is rightfully cast off as a pedophile. When it is a female teacher, however, those who hate education actually treat the matter with kid gloves and have even gone so far as to ask the question on everyone's tongue. Why did the boy even report it, because it is every boy's fantasy to have sex with their teacher. Oy.
I could go on and on with examples of how those who hate education purposely blow up a meaningless story to show examples of how education is failing our children, but that would take the better part of a day and I am not sure the McCook website can handle that much information at once.
I do agree with those who hate education on one point. Our education system is failing the children. It is not the teachers faults, no matter how much those who hate education want to convince you it is.
Teachers do their best day in and day out to teach every student that comes through their classroom. Under the current system we have, though, it has become an uphill battle to do so. Under the current system more emphasis is put on the tests at the end of the school year than what the student actually learned. This has caused teachers to start "teaching to the test" rather than simply helping their students learn.
The tests are not a true indication of what is going on in the school. The tests are set up the same way all tests have always been set up. Memorization. There are a lot of students that have no issue with this, but there are a lot of students that do. They will fail the test through no fault of their own.
Unfortunately in the climate we live in today those who hate education have no sympathy for students that have test anxiety or do better on different forms of testing. They think if a kid fails a test it is the teacher's fault and that teacher needs to be fired for their incompetence.
Teacher's will continue to be the proverbial punching bag for this group of people that hate education. They say that more teachers need to be hired, but where, pray tell, do they think the schools are going to get the money to pay these new teachers?
As I correctly posted two blogs ago. The school year has started so prepare yourselves for the onslaught of misleading and outright lying stories about education. The people simply have no class, and sadly I think they revel in that.
It had not occurred to me that I low balled the number of teachers that are not pedophiles, so I rose it into the 99%+ category. Thanks to SWNebr Transplant for pointing that out.
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