(Jim Blockey) – In the preceding months, I have been inflicted with the painful process of listening to our politicians, parents, and students complaining in relation to how dreadful the education system is. I have taken note to each and every one of them fixating guilt on teachers. Is it executed directly? No, nevertheless the connotation was recognized. Personally I was simply wondering if it would be feasible for you all to discontinue becoming furious with teachers because we receive an excess of money.
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval appears to consider removing teacher tenure and having student achievement as the catalyst for evaluating teachers as the means to renovate education. At least those are the two most highlighted factors in his impending bill before Nevada’s Legislature in enriching education. And this is not solely a Nevada confrontation; it appears to be the development in Washington, D. C., as well with numerous bills focused on similar issues.
I am growing tired of all of these B.S. statistics that inform us about the correlation linking money and teacher competence. I am tired of all this gossip about bad teachers, as if the majority of us suck. I am exceedingly tired of all this crap in relation to the correlation of how if we made it effortless to eliminate bad teachers, education would be refurbished while the reality is the vast majority people are not capable of defining a bad teacher. I am fed up with people judging and associating all or even most teachers with the NEA. I am extremely fed up with people looking to blame and not in favor of discovering solutions. And what thoroughly causes me to be furious are individuals that fabricate the conditions for what transpires in a classroom who have not been IN a classroom in years, if ever.
You crave an authentic correlation? Gaze at the correlation linking parents, administration, community leaders, and media discontinuing their support of teachers and education deteriorating. When the public stopped respecting teachers, naturally the students were not too far behind. Teachers are expected to “just take it” according to Dr. Ludwig, one of America’s leading guru’s on discipline in the classroom. He went on to tell a group of 1,100 teachers at a Las Vegas teacher conference, “If a child hits you, spits on you, or slaps you, it is YOUR fault.”
Teachers are not merely expected to decipher what category of learner each child is (auditory, visual, kinesthetic, etc.) and subsequently teach to each one of those categories independently; in addition, we are required to have special instructions for every Special Ed student in class; additionally we must figure out how to instruct students in class that do not speak English; furthermore, according to Dr. Ludwig, nowadays it is the teacher’s responsibility if a student goes ballistic on us and even worse, if we remove that ballistic student to the administration’s office, we are dinged for being incompetent to manage our classroom.
You truly wish to renovate education; the first phase is getting off the backs of the teachers that have depleted their existence caring for YOUR children. And NO, I am not referring to the worthless NEA, I am referring to authentic, genuine, bona fide teachers that endeavor to adapt to all of this expending an excessive amount of additional time AND money (theirs) simply to be capable of getting by. Trust me; this is a vast majority of classroom teachers.
The second step would be to permit teachers to simply teach for their fifty-minute class, not squander 25% of the class, managing. The third step would be to do away with those disruptive, disrespectful, even violent students from the classroom.
What must we do with those students? Teachers are not babysitters — our salaries are not that elevated — so entrust them to their parents. Ultimately, they will be compelled to discover the consequences of life, and trust me, no employer will hold themselves responsible if someone hits them, spits on them, or slaps them.