Pearl Chang Esau is President and CEO of Expect More Arizona, a non-partisan, education advocacy organization working to build a world-class education for all Arizona students.
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It is hard to argue with this author on the point that our children should " transform life prospects for Arizona’s students and to build a world-class education system of which we can be proud". Where I have questions is how and why we ever got off track from this pursuit? Don't we have and pay Teachers, Administrators, Superintendants etc etc to do this and haven't we had these people in place for a long time? At what point did someone wave the flag to say not teach teach our children to the highest levels and expect the children and families to hold themselves also to high standard? Much of what I see above is the cry for more money to give to the same people who evidently have failed to deliver. Why would we expect different this time?
"Only half of our high school graduates qualify to enroll in a state university..."
I'd say that's pretty good. 90% of the jobs out there have no need for a college degree.
I assume VoR that most people expect more as they have more experience. What our teachers can expect,consistently, is less. Less support, less income, less respect, less resources to put some teeth into revamping their curricular needs, less of everything. THAT is what has happened, systematically, to teachers over the past two decades, maybe more. Morale is low. All the teachers I know [99%] ALWAYS do their best, regardless of the "it is what it is" reality of teaching in Arizona.
EXPECT MORE. Parents: EXPECT MORE OF YOUR CHILDREN. How is it that my kids were able to be educated K-12 in a public school setting in Arizona and become successful, marketable and happy adults? Parents need to expect more. The opportunity is there for the taking. Over two decades I observed parents expect way less of their own children's accountability. You can lead a horse to water, yadda yadda.
The cry for more money is a relevant reality--one that is constantly beaten down, just like teachers have been beaten down, morale-wise, for decades in this sorry state. The legislature is currently trying to find a way to refund that fat slob, Pearce, for his monetary losses during his sham campaign and recall.
Really? Couldn't the legislature write off that slime-ball once and for all and concentrate on education in this sorry a-- state?
Expect more? Of this legislature? Of education funding in this state?
Rots' o' ruck.
Read John Henry Newman on the Educated Man. Then read the partisan rants of Mike McClellan, taught to your kids before he retired. Core Standards? Really, you've got kids coming out of High School with honors who think the Merchant of Venice is Shylock. We've been behind the Japanese, Russians and Germans since the 1950s in education, and they started telling me that in the 1950s. We make no attempt to educate people. We indoctrinate them into our political eccentricities try to make them good little sheeple and little else. As currently constituted 'Education" cripples your kids and your society. And costs you five times what it should.
Teachers these days don't have the time to educate their students....they are too busy having sex with them. They are too busy "being their mentors and friends". The don't feel that "educating" their students is their "calling". Teachers of today want to be "loved by their students". They want to "nurture" their students instead of teaching them Algebra or American History. Just look at what went on for a decade down in Tucson. The Liberals took over the School Board and the Administration and brought in "Hispanic Studies/La Raza". Do you know what "La Raza" means in Spanish = the "Race". Only Hispanics are not part of a "Race".
And you wonder why John and Jane can't read or do math ???
Lets see. 9K per student spent in AZ. Average 25-30 kids per class= 250K. We cannot figure out how to educate a classroom of kids and pay a teacher well for a quarter million dollars? Is it a funding problem?
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