Is the public school system broken because of the Legislature or is it broken
because of those inside the school system?Until we are sure where
the problem originates, we can't fix the system.How about
asking the head of a successful school to evaluate what he would do differently
if he were in charge of Utah's public school system? How about looking at
something that works and works well before assigning blame?
To reject Mike's premise a bit, I wouldn't say the public school
system is broken but is in trouble. Plenty of great teaching still goes on
every day across the state. But I would say the direction of the legislature
has put our public schools in peril. There is no denying this. In fact, I
think that is what most legislatures want. They want to dismantle public
education brick by brick to build something in their own image, perhaps
vouchers, charters, on-line, who knows... I guess we can hope they know what
they are doing. Until this all happens, things will get worse and worse in
general, your child's school or teachers may vary of course. I would say
teachers are as good as ever but their efforts are unappreciated, poorly
compensated and many obstacles such as low morale, huge class sizes, endless
"innovations" and standardized testing are taxing teachers and schools
to the max. Schools are also getting more feminized by the minute, the male
teacher in elementary almost endangered. The teacher turnover is high as new
teachers are constantly recycled. But again I think this is what the
Utah Schools will never run like a business. They will never get enough
funding from the legislature to do that.
Howard may be right, but he may also be wrong. It seems that he has assumed
that the problem is with the Legislature. How can he be certain?There are many schools in Utah that don't have direct Legislative or
direct School Board oversight. Some of those schools do an outstanding job.
Two of my grandsons have attended that type of school, with amazing results.
Others of my grandchildren have been home-taught, also with amazing results.To assume that the problem lies with the Legislature would be an
improper first step in defining the problem. The results of making an improper
assumption would never cure the real problem.Let someone outside the
system evaluate the "system". Everyone else would be biased.
I know I'm right Mike. The evidence is crystal clear, no "outside"
Howard has told us that he knows what the proper solution for education is.
What qualifications does he give to show that his solution is better than the
solutions that we already have? What evidence does he give that the
Legislature has failed? What evidence does he give that school boards are
educating our children?I don't have the answer, but I know that
my children and my grandchildren have been denied a proper education, even
though taxes have been levied for their education. What evidence does he have
that his solution will give our children the education that taxpayers have paid
for?"More of the same" is not a valid argument. What proof
does he have, except his own opinion, that his solution will cure the problem?
An educated society does not:* have poverty with over half its
people fed by government* have high unemployment* elect corrupt
leaders* beg for benefitsEducation is over regulated, and
needs to be simplified. There's the problem.Micro-managed
teachers are not the blame.