There has been a growing problem with educating our children in the US for a while now. It has had it’s ups and downs, it’s ‘fits and starts’ but there has been a lack of consistent improvement. The overall quick fix solution has remained “throw more money at it.” Yep, that’s bound to fix it, right? Wrong.
My own awareness of just how bad things were getting was the 2010 documentary film, Waiting for “Superman.” If you haven’t seen it, you owe it to the next generation to at least take a look.
The video below is one of those low points that pokes fun at people. We are all aware of the obvious fact that this is not representative of our youth. But the simple fact that this did happen is disturbing. And all the teachers I know complain about a number of things, some of them doubtless true about how difficult their job is, how under-appreciated they are, how now in New Jersey they have to pay a percentage if their health care costs, etc. etc.
Here is another truth: bad teachers can’t be fired because of teachers’ unions and teachers that can’t be fired but aren’t allowed to teach, sit in rooms doing whatever they want and continue to be paid. In the world I live in, if you can’t do a quality job you are out the door. One thing is clear, the youths in the video posted below are unintelligent, intoxicated or under-educated, or perhaps a combination of all three.
It saddens me to the point of exasperation that some teachers and the parents upon whom the ultimate responsibility for their child’s education falls (not the government). One thing is certain – this is not the actual problem, it is a symptom of the problem.