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Money Is Not the Answer.....

 

      Unless We Act Now, Our Schools Are Doomed To Failure…       

     When my son was in the third grade, my wife got a call from the school nurse telling her that everything was all right, however, our son had been stabbed in the head.  She suggested that we might want to come and see about him.  My wife works in Ft Worth and I worked in Dallas.  We met at the school and saw our son in the clinic.  He had been stabbed with a pointed scissors and it had hit his head between his right temple and his right eye.  Had it been one eighth inch to the rear, he would have been killed.  Had it been one eighth inch forward, he would have lost his right eye.  I was a little unhappy.     

     I asked for an appointment to talk with the Principal and it was set up for the next day.  I asked how it had happened.  I was informed that the child who had stabbed my son was a troubled boy from a troubled family.  When the boy was in Kindergarten, he had hurt someone with a rounded scissors and that this had been the first day that he had been given scissors since then.  I asked if they had any plans to move the boy or my son away from each other.  The Principal said that they didn't think that would be necessary and they didn't want to embarrass the child.  I said that I agreed and did not want my son embarrassed.  I suggested that the troubled child be moved to the opposite side of the room.  After further discussion, with me leaning over the desk and my face about 4 inches from the Principal's face, it was decided that the boy would be moved.     

     Our public schools are so tied by the mandate to be politically correct and to avoid hurting a child's self esteem at all costs, that we are no longer teaching them, we are warehousing them.  When I was in 1st grade, I got my face powered with chalk from an eraser and had to sit in the front of the class on a tall stool facing the kids.  I don't remember what I had done, but I never did it again and the entire class was very orderly and well behaved.  We sat in our seats and learned.  It was this way all through grade school.  There was iron discipline. When I got to high school, it was the same way. When someone acted up, they were slapped down hard.  Our parents had to sign a letter agreeing to allow corporal punishment or we would not be allowed to go to that school.  I was in the bottom third of my graduating class.  When we took out SAT tests, I scored in the top 7% of the country.  Our "smart" kids scored above the top 1%.  They couldn't be ranked. You must have guessed by now that I did not go to public school.  I went to parochial school.  My parents paid for grade school, and I had to pay for high school.  If we acted out, it wasn't tolerated.  We would be punished. And if we became a "problem child", we wouldn't be going there any longer.  And the classes in high school were segregated according to how well you were doing.  The brightest kids were in class 1A, the next level of not quite so bright kids were in class1B. The average kids were in class 1C, and the below average kids were in 1D.  That way, the teacher did not have to tailor his classes for the slowest kid. We were all taught the same subjects, but the A students were all together; the B students were together, and so on.  I was in 1C. The system worked and for the amount of information a child learned in school, if he had a 75% average that would have been a 95% average in public school.  Unless we let our teachers teach instead of babysit, our schools are doomed to failure regardless of how much money we throw at them.    

mewold mewold 66-70, M 24 Responses Sep 13, 2009

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The class segregation was the same in the elementary school I used to go to, but in my current school, the 1A class consists of 15 best and 15 worst students, which is I think very wrong.

I have for years said that the ultimate expression of love for our children is to provide them what they NEED (no matter how painful), and teach them how to earn what they WANT (no matter how painful).



In the US K12, student are not receiving three essentials of education: a) the rigorously taught facts as we know them; b) the logical thinking skills to make decisions, solve problems, formulate sound arguments, and communicate clearly with those facts; and c) the work ethic and citizenship needed to compete effectively for life's opportunities.



I do think there should be one change from when I was in school. With technology and new teaching philosophies, we can and should make our educational system more ENGAGING, where you sit forward on your seat as a student, wanting to participate, ask questions, or make comments. I don't mean 'entertaining', which is exactly what is too often going on now.



I am a master educator and am appalled that we are cheating our young people out of the tools they need for their futures. I am reminded of 'Tiger Parenting', where (mostly) Asian parents are absolutely determined to make sure their children focus on their education every single day. As the author of "The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother' says, 'if you are a Tiger parent for the first 12 years, then you don't have to be a Helicopter Parent when your children are teenagers and young adults.' Her kids are going to Harvard...



Time for teachers and parents to STOP being friends to young people and start being UNAFRAID ADULTS. This is what kids NEED and WANT.



And no, money is not what is needed to cure our educational woes. Give teachers back control over their classrooms; make sure teachers get 2 full years of student teaching along with a bachelor's degree and teaching credential; bring teachers, principals, and parents back into a unified front; get textbook manufacturers to print ONE academically sound subject area book that can be used for years w/out a new edition every year; and bring vouchered CHOICE to school systems--free market competition will keep costs well in check.

I have for years said that the ultimate expression of love for our children is to provide them what they NEED (no matter how painful), and teach them how to earn what they WANT (no matter how painful).



In the US K12, student are not receiving three essentials of education: a) the rigorously taught facts as we know them; b) the logical thinking skills to make decisions, solve problems, formulate sound arguments, and communicate clearly with those facts; and c) the work ethic and citizenship needed to compete effectively for life's opportunities.

I do think there should be one change from when I was in school. With technology and new teaching philosophies, we can and should make our educational system more ENGAGING, where you sit forward on your seat as a student, wanting to participate, ask questions, or make comments. I don't mean 'entertaining', which is exactly what is too often going on now.



I am a master educator and am appalled that we are cheating our young people out of the tools they need for their futures. I am reminded of 'Tiger Parenting', where (mostly) Asian parents are absolutely determined to make sure their children focus on their education every single day. As the author of "The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother' says, 'if you are a Tiger parent for the first 12 years, then you don't have to be a Helicopter Parent when your children are teenagers and young adults.' Her kids are going to Harvard...



Time for teachers and parents to STOP being friends to young people and start being UNAFRAID ADULTS. This is what kids NEED and WANT.



And no, money is not what is needed to cure our educational woes. Give teachers back control over their classrooms; make sure teachers get 2 full years of student teaching along with a bachelor's degree and teaching credential; bring teachers, principals, and parents back into a unified front; get textbook manufacturers to print ONE academically sound subject area book that can be used for years w/out a new edition every year; and bring vouchered CHOICE to school systems--free market competition will keep costs well in check.

RUnfortunately, political correctness forbids that we impose dicipline in our schools. We don't want to hurt the little darlins feelings.

I like, I like, I like!! Too bad things were not like that in my school.if kids ever had to sit on a dunce stool, or gotten spanked by a teacher or other school official, I'll bet behavior would improve drastically.

Hi, sierra, thank you for the kind words.

A lot of wisdom in those words....

Yes, affinityterra, the kids in school may grow up learning nothing, but they will feel good about themslves. This is a sad commentary on our society.

It is disturbing. We, meaning we people living our normal lives, have to somehow make our desires known. But how do we get them to listen to us? Me must be united and loud in our demands. Just immagine who is going to be in charge in 20 years.

Yes, salar1. We are tied to the learning rate of the slowest person in the class. The way it was set up in my high school gave everyone a chance to learn at their own pace. And there was no one in the class laughing at them because they were all equal. When you chart the success of the graduates, the results are truely astounding.

Wise words my friend , education appears to be a secondry considiration over here more emphisis is placed on everyone being equal , the minority is the driving force coupled with a system hand cuffed to a set of PC rules divised by the politicians ...........

IJ, never blush with clothes on. It is much more exciting naked.

bellas31, you are right on. The kids will suffer their entire lives because of *OUR* failures to provide the proper incentives for them to learn. And I am not talking giving them money. I am talking about giving them class rooms that have the proper invironment for learning.

Hey, I am not so jaded that I can't blush. And when I do blush, you can see it all over. lol

I agree with you..It is ridiculous the nonsense they accept in public schools these days and it's to the total detriment of the kids..

"Light one little candle instead of cursing the darkness". Your sentiments, IamJustice. I just rearranged the words a little.

IamJustice, we all need to get informed and involved if we are not already. The kids in school today, will be running the country and the world tomorrow. That scares the hell out of me.

Ha, ha, ha........I did a lot of things wrong, but I didn't get caught. But you are right. In that school, I kept a low profile.

ROFLMAO! Never did anything wrong again???????

The truth is we are a multilingual society now and it behoves us to make sure that the youth understand the language of the country. We need Spanish speaking teachers to take up the slack, but we also need to quickly teach the kids English. They will need it to ultamently be sucessful here.

Mr Penney, you are a man of intelligence. Your support is gradifying.

Man, I agree with you mewold. As always. I grew up in a school system where the average class size was 40 - 42. Yet we all did okay. The teachers weren't our "best friends", they were teachers. Definitely not the best on this planet; we are still trying to implement a plan whereby all primary school teachers will have college degrees, but we are not there yet. Yet if you asked me or any of my classmates in the 1970s or 1980s what we wanted to be, "Teacher!" always seemed to be at the top of the list. Love, AP

Thank you for the comments. We are throwing money and political corectness at the problem, but there is a far simpler solution. Unfortuneately, we seem to have lost the courage.

WOW - what a novel idea!



Nicely written and well thought out Mewold. I completely agree.