Mr. Florez (and some of the posters here) come from the mistaken premise that
our legislature is simply misguided and if they listened to him things would
change. They don't understand the vast majority of those elected to the
legislature want to dismantle public education. I wish they would just decide
not to fund public education at all next session and get it over with. But this
brick by brick, policy by policy headache they are causing teachers and schools
is indeed causing severe collateral damage. The legislature is doing exactly
what it wants to do. They aren't misguided, it's part of the master
plan, sort of like the turtle not noticing the water slowly warming up to boil.
In 10 years Utah's public schools will be a complete disaster but instead
of the public blaming the legislature as it should, it will blame the teachers
or the feds or some other entity rather than realizing how voting mindlessly for
any legislator with an "R" by their name has delivered this mess for
their children and grandchildren.
"Lawmakers (the same lawmakers that rail against big government, waste and
regulations) don’t seem to care that with each law passed they bloat
education even more. " True. The same thing is happening in higher ed.
Across education administration is bloating, consuming more and more
resources.School districts should be autonomous. Get rid of the
state office of education. Do not pay administrators more than teachers. Have
the legislature completely butt out of education.
Good article. And no, things have not changed. There is little support from
parents, students, or administrators. I feel that the State Office of Education
along with the Legislature do everything in their power to not help teachers or
students be successful. And yes, the students are the real losers. When did you
ever hear a child say, "I love school because we get to take so many
tests." The current testing climate along with the stupid parts of Common
Core (government regulation) have destroyed motivation for both students and
teachers. I squeeze in as much fun stuff as I can, but I have students who have
already given up on school in the 4th grade. They will likely drop out as soon
as they can.
Although I truly miss my students and loved my job, I retired from the
profession sooner than I wanted to do so. School has changed a great deal since
I first began teaching. I used to be able to spend time on music, where one of
my talents lie, but because of all the laws, I was constantly pushing my
students. I had no time to even teach Utah history. I felt like a drill
sergeant. I know it is important to make sure my students perform well on their
yearly testing, but it is a difficult job. My whole life revolved around it. I
remember that the state passed a law declaring that we should teach gun control.
So didn't happen.
My wife taught in a Tremonton middle school just after we got married 23 years
ago. Starting at only $16,000, even though she had to grade papers every night.
She tried to be fair and to get the kids to obey, but they wouldn't, and
the administration did little to back her up, and the parents did even less.
They called us at home and complained to my wife about how she treated their
kids. Their kids could do no wrong in their eyes. My wife was so stressed that
she didn't try for a public school job again for about 15 years. For what
it was worth, 90% of these kids and their parents were LDS, but I don't
think the kids took the lessons they'd learned at church to heart.
The best thing you can do is home school your kids.