That was quite the mental gymnastic exercise by Mr Will to tip toe all around
the GOP/Bush championed No Child Left Behind program without ever mentioning
it.Good job George. You had me worried for a minute.
The education establishment has been growing rotten for a long, long time.
Reformers try to make changes, but the teacher unions are flatly opposed to
anything that upsets their gravy train. More support staff means more union
members pumping more money into unions, who help elect the school board members,
who reward the unions with more perks and better contracts.There is
an amazing conflict of interest in this system. If school boards would stop
funding teacher unions more money could go to classrooms.
I have news. As a former teacher I can tell you, schools are already bloated.
But, Mark, it's not because school boards fund teacher unions.
That comment is pure nonsense.
As usual George's bowtie is on too tight. So the Wisconsin educators are to
blame for a hoax perpetrated on their web site? And what's wrong with
raising cultural awareness? Isn't that part of the educational process?
Isn't that why we read literature and write essays in our history, English,
and civics classes? At least 2 of the 3R's are clearly devoted to that kind
of critical analysis of our culture.
I wonder when Will last physically entered a public school. I doubt he even
attended one as a student, so the answer could be "never".
Public schools are not to educate so much as to brainwash. Once this is
accepted all the rest follows. And of course as many as possible will jump a
ride on that train: the benefits are good and the pay decent for a nine month
year. Not to say there aren't good teachers. I don't know who they
are but I imagine they're there and having a hard time fighting the
corruption and misuse of public education.
None of the liberals here seem to understand what Will is saying.The
simple fact is that there are now lots of non-teaching jobs in schools, and
those non-teaching jobs cost money. That money could be used to hire more
teachers or improve the facilities or simply make education cost less.Here is an example. When I was in Elementary school the non-teaching staff
consisted of the Principal, Secretary, Janitor, 3 lunch-ladies, and the
librarian. Now, that same school with roughly the same number of students has a
Principal, 2 secretaries, 2 janitors, 3 lunch ladies, 2 recess patrol women, a
computer specialist, and somebody who read the kids stories about their
feelings. They have gone from 7 to 13 non-teaching staff. What is the point?
Most of the positions have no value added or could be performed by the existing
staff.Either the school staff is lazier now or else there is more
waste in the system.
And the pop shots against teachers and others in education keeps coming from
Redshirt and others. It's sickening, especially in light of what we saw in
Newtown CT, where teachers laid down their lives for their students. Schools
are brainwashing students...really? I don't get the conservatives on this
post. Are schools teaching anything? Or are they brainwashing? Make a
decision already. I'll go for my opinion, that these people aren't
lazier, teachers are working harder than ever and because George Will has some
nice comments on baseball here or there, makes him no expert in public
To Irony Guy:What's wrong with raising cultural awareness is
when it goes way beyond just that, and starts turning into a political
propaganda obsession. What's wrong with it, is that it gets too much
attention and then distracts from more essential learning skills. As the article
stated, we are 3rd in the world in education spending from K-12, yet our
students are down the ladder over 2 dozen countries in how well our students
understand and utilize math and science skills. Unacceptable. We are now a
nation that glamorizes cultural diversity (a misnomer to start with) at the
expense of excellence. We are becoming more accepting of mediocrity because
that's where some students are. And heaven forbid, we don't want to
make them feel badly by having anyone outperform them.Elevating
"diversity" propaganda is another step to the downward spiral in first
tolerating and now embracing a form of national socialism, where everything and
everyone must be kept equal, even at the expense of innovation and excellence in
academics. Sadly, we are getting away from the principles and practices that
originally made us such a great nation to begin with.
To "Howard Beal" tell me then, why do we need a larger administrative
(non-teaching) staff at an elementary school that has a relatively constant
enrollment than they had 30 or 40 years ago?If the teachers are
working harder than ever, why is it that the administrative staff isn't?
The administrators don't seem to be working as hard, yet are building small
empires at your expense.Would you pay a principal who hires more
staff than absolutely needed just so that he/she does not have to work as
hard?Again, my statement stands "Either the school STAFF
[emphasis added] is lazier now or else there is more waste in the system."
To this and about 99% of all that Mr. Will writes about, I give a heartfelt,
"Amen!"No truer words have ever been written than those in
this article. And, never any more succinctly or articulately expressed.The corruption of our system of "education" with blatantly
racist/sexist propaganda lies at the root of the problems that have become more
and more evident in the last several decades. Included in that system is the
insidious propaganda machine of "entertainment", in all its many
forms.The twin prongs of that educational duopoly have managed to
instill in more and more people to believe they are entitled, as representatives
of some oppressed group, to all sorts of compensatory goodies, often having
nothing to do with their individual situation.It has helped
perpetuate the institutionalization of racism and sexism in our governments,
where the thought of individual rights as a human being have been morphed into
rights guaranteed to groups, the direct antithesis of what we need.We are going backwards, and it is no more evident than what can be seen (for
anyone honest enough to see) in our "education" system.
I was halfway through reading the column when I decided to check its date to see
if it was published three days earlier on April 1. No such luck. George is
taking this stuff seriously and duly sounding the alarm.
The corruption started with the creation of the Dept of Education in the Carter
Adminstration. Schools were doing just fine prior, and we were ranked on top of
the world. Now were ranked somewhere around 20th in results. Scuttle the Dept.
of Education, and give full responsiblity back to the local govt. and
you'll see a turnaround. But, in a selfish world where the adults in charge
have there hands out, and put themselves above children, that will not happen.