Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Politicians and Parents in the Classroom

The following comments arrive from the arguments that Parents and Politics belong in the classroom
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In Florida, we can see that there is a push to allow for parents to mandate what their students are learning within a classroom. The need for this change is said to be because there are so many bad teachers that the State needs parents to be more involved. The idea on paper makes some sense. If a teacher is not working with their students, then a parent should certainly have the right to complain and or find a manner to get that teacher working or removed. This would be the professionalism clause of working as a teacher.

Politicians work desperately hard to make a difference. There is absolutely no truth in sharing that politicians don’t work hard. Well, there be a lot of untruth in that comment, yet if politicians think they work hard, then they should realize that teachers tend to work that much harder to stay ahead of the curve. I will always state that there are some teachers who fall behind or just don’t try hard enough, yet, with that in mind, there are politicians that do the same. Therefore, I say that if the people that want to make this concept legitimate, then the people should be allowed to remove any politician who has a polling less than 50%. At the end of each session, each politician gets a survey, and if the people say these people did a poor job, then they are removed and a private company arrives to take on that role until a new person can be elected.

Within the classroom, parents have a role of providing an enriched environment for their child. This means that when the child comes to class they are dressed, fed, have their homework complete and respect the teacher. If that is not the case, then the parent is not providing what they need to. Within the classroom there is a lot that is needed to be done…..and quite frankly….we do not need more private schools taking public money. The goal of this bill is to create more charter schools and that continues the embarrassment of where politicians want to take education. Privatizing an environment for the benefit of a corporate entity is legitimate in the business world. This is not a viable option in the public or human sector world. 

Monday, January 2, 2012

Education needs a National Focus

The American public have no real understanding of how education works, yet each person has an opinion of how education is not working. The fallacy of this concept is that the same people who are making the decision for education have never, themselves, been educators. Unfortunately education has become intertwined within the arena of politics throughout history, and quite frankly, there is no system in place right now to correct this. I am witnessing every one of the Republican nominees for President stating they are going to remove the National Department of Education as is it not working. When asked why they feel this way, so far none have been able to answer me (or they did not reply to my question). In my opinion, they can’t answer this question because, just like the general public, these people have no idea what the National DOE actually does. This is not their fault, since I won’t assume to know what every national agency does. The fault lies in their trust of organizations who want to promote an agenda and the National DOE is in their way. It is these organizations that elect a President or demolish a candidate.

Continuing my synopsis, I believe we need to truly consider a redo for education. Not in the traditional manner of argument and say we need to keep up with the times, I believe we need to look inside our own history and realize we made a mistake.
As part of my education,  I have been looking at how to develop a model that works. What is wrong with our model right now is that we have 51 different models and no true way of assessing a value. Most every culture has moved to an assessment type system, similar to NCLB, without the punitive damage that NCLB offers. A major problem with the American culture is our competitive nature of absolute victory or else, and this in my opinion is part of the reason NCLB is a failure (more to come on this another time).  With this in mind, what really needs to occur is to develop a true model of national education, similar to France or Japan. We need to offer a national standard, and make sure that all students are taught these standards. We measure this by having a national test administered at the end of each year and we validate the growth of each student through this model. This means that the each State developing its own test is removed, and that also means that the true measurement of each state can be defined through a nationalized test. Many people wont want this, since it infringes on State’s rights, yet within the field of education, State’s lines need to be crossed and we need to develop all students fairly and accurately and not compete with artificial and deflated models.

To do this, the United States of America needs to become United and we need to accept education for what it is. The advancement of our peoples toward an elevated State of understanding to be better citizens, employees, employers and leaders. This also means that we need to enforce this system into Public, Private and Home School type systems so that the playing field for everyone is fair and equal. There is a lot more development to my argument, yet with this starting point, I want everyone to know that change may be hard, yet unless we are playing on an even setting and are all given the same opportunity, we cannot know where the change is needed or how it can be developed further. I believe strongly that until we have a United Education system where we teach the same information across all 50 States and we are evaluated the same across all 50 States, we will not continue to be the world power we assume we are, and we will continue to have the 1% rule the 99%.