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This is INSANE! We should go out, spend MONEY, to MARKET free stuff to people who aren't looking for it, just to WASTE MORE TAX DOLLARS? Schools are UNDERFUNDED! We can't & shouldn't TRY to be EVERYTHING for EVERYONE! Market a plan to give away YOUR OWN MONEY!Jan 28, 2012
Of course not. Arizona has more school choice than most of the nation & still lags behind. Our lawmakers are NOT to be commended for this choice; it is a result of them throwing their hands up & saying "WE quit, YOU figure it out."
How can you require STRICTER standards on public schools, while at the SAME TIME open a record number of schools that DON'T HAVE TO FOLLOW THOSE RULES?!
Education & teachers CLOSEST comparison should be Medicine & Doctors. In medicine, the payient is the customer & health is the product. The BEST doctor can give his patient the BEST advice & medication, but if the patient REFUSES to take the medicine & follow the doctor's orders, he will either get worse OR DIE.
In education, the student is the customer & education/curriculum the product. The BEST teacher can give the BEST lessons, but if the student REFUSES to actively engage, read, study & do homework, He will FAIL.
The BEST doctors can get a higher % of patients to follow orders & the BEST teachers can get more students to try harder, but THAT IS IT. We cannot FORCE anyone to do anything. WE DON'T BLAME DOCTORS FOR PATIENTS THAT REFUSE HELP, why are we blaming the TEACHERS for a kid who DOESN'T WANT TO BE EDUCATED?
HS has been marginalized in AZ, and simply isn't valued. The STATE has developed a BAD PRODUCT & wants to blame TEACHERS because the customers aren't BUYING. All of the blame & obligation has been placed on the teacher, and this JUST CAN'T WORK! The obligation MUST be shared; teachers SHOULD be well trained and I KNOW I AM WELL TRAINED. But the STUDENT MUST CARE AT LEAST A LITTLE. You would be SHOCKED at how many don't.
This is why tying teacher pay to student performance is going to KILL Az Education even more. Students care & try less & less, yet my pay will be lowered if they don't improve scores on tests they DON'T CARE ABOUT IN THE FIRST PLACE!? I don't even TEACH the subjects that are tested by the State; why the hell should I be affected by the results of a subject that I DON'T EVEN TEACH!?
I feel that school performance & atendance should be tied to the Federal Child Income Tax Credit. Your kid misses too much school, NO DEDUCTION! Your non-special education student, who IS CAPABLE, but REFUSES to try in school, NO DEDUCTION. You can't punish a teacher who is TEACHING solid lessons for a kid who just doesn't WANT to do better. If a patient ignores doctor's orders, the PATIENT loses. In this case, if the students won't follow the teacher's orders, THE TEACHER LOSES? WTH?!!!!
When asked, "How many of you try your best in school?" only 2 out of my 30 students in class raised their hands. When I asked "Why not?" my students answered because most of us are NOT going to a University right away, we are going to Community College & my GRADES DON'T MATTER AS LONG AS I PASS! So now HS kids take online courses to avoid HS & then take many Dual-credit courses that give them college credit, so WHERE IS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ACTUAL HS CLASSES?! The State has destroyed it. People don't "DO THE RIGHT THING" without being incentivized to do so.
This is my last year in this BROKEN SYSTEM & the kids in the East Valley will lose out AGAIN!
Jan 7, 2012
The teachers in Arizona are NOT highly unionized. Quite frankly, the AZ Teachers Union is a TOOTHLESS TIGER. Many don't even belong. Don't confuse us with those of other states; it is apples vs. oranges & the union in AZ does NOT have that type of impact. If it did, AZ would NOT be at the bottom of EVERY educational list.Dec 18, 2011
FINALLY.....the TRUTH. School has fallen further & further down on the priority list for many families/students. Public school is FREE, undervalued & FORCED upon them, and they act accordingly in school. Quite frankly, many students barely try at all. A student told me last week, "Students have figured out that it only matters what you do in COLLEGE; High School doesn't matter. All you need is a diploma and you can go to Community College."
That is an ENORMOUSLY telling statement. No matter how well-trained teachers are, families & students MUST WANT to do more than "get by" in HS. All of the arguments & debates about public schools revolve around the SCHOOLS & TEACHERS failures, but how can we raise test scores, best prepare kids for the future and College if they DON'T WANT TO TRY HARDER? A good teacher can motivate some extra students, but CANNOT overcome a universal feeling of apathy among a majority of student's in the building.
2 analogies: First, some sick patients go to the doctor. The doctor is EXCELLENT, & tells them exactly what medicines to take, exactly what foods to eat, & EXACTLY the exercise required to get better. If the patient REFUSES (like many students), he will get sicker or DIE. CAN'T BLAME THE DOCTOR!
Second: If teachers were chefs and wanted to get better, they could go to Europe & study with the best. However, if this MASTER CHEF is forced to use INFERIOR INGREDIENTS by the owner (govt., districts), he can only do so much with the dish, as the best chefs/restaurants will send back the bad ingredients OR throw them away. Teachers don't have that luxury, and YES, a student who doesn't care or try is a BAD INGREDIENT (just spend some time in a classroom & you will see). Something must be done at the highest level to force parents/students to care or try harder; it is a SYSTEMATIC failure, when the public doesn't value a FORCED requirement, that is not properly preparing students for the future.
Any businessman who came into the Public School System will quickly see that the PERVERSE incentives, disincentives, and competing rules, values, and goals of all involved (Fed, State, Districts, Administration, Teachers, Parents, Students) DON'T MATCH! The laws placed on public high schools are such that all we do is try to fulfill our obligations in HIGH SCHOOL; we are NOT SET UP to deal with futures......we can't even perfect the PRESENT! Schools are a socialistic experiment that will ALWAYS be inefficient; socialistic/monopolistic entities always were & always will be inefficient BY DEFINITION.
One thing is for SURE......keep blaming teachers & things will only get worse. You NEED your teachers to be in a good frame-of-mind in order to be successful at all in the classroom. If we are unhappy, it SHOWS, no matter how hard we try to ignore it; we're only human. So, if you want 21 yr. old teachers with ZERO life experience.....stay the course! but, if you want respectable people with experience in the areas that they are teaching, something had better change QUICKLY, because many of us can't take it anymore. Why continue to work for 1/2 of what we are worth, in one of the WORST systems in the country, for people who don't care, all while being blamed for EVERYTHING wrong with today's student? Education is a strange product; YES, teachers are salespeople of the curriculum, but if students refuse to enter the marketplace..........NOBODY IS BUYING. Dec 18, 2011