This opinion piece reads like an ad for No Child Left Behind, which has been
proven time and time again to be a mathematical impossibility. My school had
95% of its students reach proficiency in reading and writing last year. NCLB
would shut us down in 2014 because we did not meet 100%. It is absolutely
ludicrous, beyond absurd. No Child Left Behind was simply an attempt, like this
film, to destroy public education. The corrupt extremists on the far right will
stop,at nothing until they can get every education dollar into their greedy
As an educator all I can say is "come spend a day with me on my job" and
then you can tell me what you think. The overwhelming majority of schools do
what they can to teach our kids but when you get the school or school district
that is off the charts bad then people and the media love to run with that story
and say "this is what is wrong with education". As Don Henley wrote in
one of his songs "get the widow on the set we need dirty laundry".
Sounds as if "Shoot the messenger," and "Not me," carry the day.
People agree that public education needs help, but when we try to look at
problem areas there is only finger pointing. When the school superintendent in
New York City suggested actions that must be taken, the solution was to fire the
superintendent. The education establishment is the most reactionary profession.
Governor Scott Walker and Mayor Rahm Emanuel finally have faced reality.
By the way Michael, this is not based on actual events and a work of fiction!
Most people are tired of the blame game and the divisive discourse. This movie
is financed by those who want to see public schools fail and teacher's
unions fall by the wayside. I am more interested in collaborative discourse and
discussion. Public education is the solution. The comments above regarding the
union and public schools are baseless and divisive. In Utah, we have
worked together as public education teachers, association, administrators and
superintendents to solve problems and Senate Bill 64 is a perfect example of
this. The UEA has brought multiple resources to Glendale Intermediate and
Horizonte to make a difference for our children.I, for one, am sick of
this vitriol and blame. Time to talk about how we all can make a difference
TOGETHER and quit looking for a scapegoat to move a personal agenda.
I spent thirteen years attending Salt Lake City Schools, practiced teaching in
Salt Lake City, Jordan, Logan, and Cache Districts and the Edith Bowen
Laboratory School. I have three degrees--as a Ute, an Aggie, and a Cougar. I
taught for three years privately and for 31 years in Nebo School District.
Everywhere I saw Utah teachers overwhelmingly committed to having all students
succeed. We feel pain and a sense of personal failure for every
student who performs under his/her potential. We struggle to reach all students
despite any limitations because we see their bright potentials. We are confused
by "teacher appreciation" moments and thank-you notes against a backdrop
of teacher bashing.Many of us sought this profession out of a sense
of mission, having rejected lucrative opportunities in other careers. My income
dropped by half when I switched from Army officer to teacher.We are
not robot agents for any association or union, and regularly oppose most
political positions of the NEA. Within our ranks are the same values and
qualities of the Utah homes most of us were raised in.
Oh, sure, let's make teachers the enemy one more time. How are we to expect
the children to take their education seriously when we turn those in the schools
into public enemy number one? Things aren't going to change until we teach
our kids to treat teachers with respect. It starts at home.
Howard Beal,Here is my suggestion to parents: take your children out
of public education. It is a total waste of time. If you can't afford to
send them to Waterford, get them a job. They'll make money and actually
learn real skills that will be useful to them, like how to work. Ivy League
graduates are unemployed. Why do parents think lousy public secondary education
is somehow worth the trouble. Only when people can afford it should people make
the investment in education and only if it is quality education.
So what is your plan killpack and how realistically feasible would it be to
implement? We await...
Most recommendedfreedomingoodprovo, UtahI
just saw it.To summarize, the teacher's union is cast as the
villan. Yawn. While there are certain realities about the highly polarized state
of inner city school systems you are just grasping at straws to conclude that
the unions are the cause of most of our schools being behind in education. I know Arizona has a pretty non existant union and a 2% experienced
teacher firing rate. Utah is considered unionized and has a .07% experienced
teacher firing rate. We fire 28 times as many teachers in Arizona as Utah
does. The main argument against unions is that it keep administators
from firing bad teachers. That appears to be correct. Now how does that affect
performance?Utah ranks 21st and Arizona is 45th.
"The new movie 'Won't Back Down' is to public education what
Upton Sinclair's 'The Jungle' was to the meatpacking
industry."Hmm, if I was Upton Sinclair I'd be a little
insulted. 'The Jungle' changed our entire society by telling us
something we didn't know. Everyone already knows public education is a
disaster, and we have known it for quite some time. Yet, we have repeatedly
refused to do anything about it. This movie won't change anything.
"Based on a true story" is to be taken with a grain of salt in this
case. I would hope those who embrace this movie do a little research and find
out the true facts behind this "true story."
Education is a failure because that's how we want it to be. We raise
children in an environment that villainizes science, calls anyone above the
malaise of reality tv a geek, nerd, dork, brainiac, foureyes, etc., and then
send them to school demanding the teachers fix it all in an environment where we
have to protect little Johnnys self esteem (bloated ego). Well, I've got
news for you. Johnny is a dumb, spoiled brat. Maybe if he spent a bit more time
among books at home and a few less years on video games, there would be some
potential there. Until then, I'm not blaming the teacher if a couple bright
kids have problems succeeding among 28 Johnny classmates.