Trail Of Tears And The Ungrateful Bastards That Paved The Road
From Mamacita, of Weekly Scheiss:
Most teachers who leave the profession, leave because almost all of the attention, most of the perks, most of the privileges, and most of the allowances are given to the students who least deserve it: the disruptive kids. In other words, these loud, bratty, obnoxious kids are being rewarded for their disgusting behavior, so why should they clean up their act? I wouldn't. Not if doing my own thing meant I'd still get to have and do everything little goody two-shoes next to me got to have and do...
Secondly, many of the parents who are involved with the school are the parents of these same brats. School administrators fear negative PR, and to a principal or superintendent, negative PR is when a loud-mouthed parent with a shitty kid calls the newspaper office. Entitlement is the bane of our society's existence, and it's alive and well in our public schools.
"You WILL accept my child and you WILL give him/her a special lunch and you WILL treat him/her on a different level than all these other peon kids and you WILL hold his/her hand and you WILL allow him/her to break any rules we as a family do not believe apply to us. . . ."
Me, personally, I think that if there are any perks to be handed out, they should go to students who have earned them. No earn? No get. Ever.
Why would a student exert himself to do any work, or allow anyone else in the classroom to do anything either, if he knows he's going to be passed to the next grade anyway? Yes, I am a firm believer in holding back any student who can't do it, won't do it, or any combination thereof...
In other words, disruptive bratty obnoxious kids are mostly a product of their home.
Teachers who say things like this are few and far between. Not because they aren't thinking such things 24/7, but because it's dangerous to speak out. Ethnicity, race, gender, and social levels have nothing whatsoever to do with this issue, but teachers who recognize the actual problem and try to do something about it are often accused of being racist, sexist, un-PC, heartless, "in possession of inappropriate knowledge," etc. And often the biggest brats belong to the parents with the most political pull.
In other words, somebody screams "prejudice," when the truth is, these teachers are speaking truth.
Until the bullies and the disrupters and the violent and the kids who have no respect for learning are removed from our schools, our schools can not be what the free public schools were meant to be: places where all who wish to learn, may learn all they wish.
Mamacita's post is a must read for every parent, teacher, school administrator and student. To be clear- she has the educational and classroom bona fides that are sans pareil. We have noted many times that she is the kind of teacher every parent prays for.
Mamacita's post isn't only a look into the state of education. Her observations also indict a culture and society for whom such an educational morass is acceptable. Dr Sanity, in The Corruption And Curriculum looks at the complexity of the situation that arises and extends beyond the classroom environment:
Have you looked at what your children's teaches say in the brochures they send home in the kids' backpacks? It is sure to be some variant of the above multicultural, politically correct nonsense that is sucking the substance right out of every subject area...
The health of our educational system--from K-12 through college-- is absolutely essential to the long-term welfare and competitiveness of the United States. American education used to be the strongest on the globe, and to the extent that remains true, it is because the hard sciences in this country (e.g., math, engineering, computers etc.) have been largely resistant to the political taint that runs rampant in the humanities. The latter subject areas, which include literature, philosophy, and history, have become unabashedly ideological over the last two decades; and the "social justice" advocates of today's collectivists have taken over our K-12 education system and are determinedly undermining American values with their politically correct, multicultural and anti-capitalist curriculum.
Make no mistake about it, what many teachers today are doing is indoctrinating their students minds into an unquestioning obedience to the collective. This they cannot do unless they also can manage to corrupt even the hard sciences with their dogma.
There can be no area where a child is allowed to think freely and without the proper political perspective. That is far too dangerous for the underly ideology they are promulgating...
Make no mistake- the ideologies and behaviors that are so prevalent today among children have their genesis in toxic classroom environments.
See also Dr Sanity's From Education To Indoctrination. Good educators are not being bullied and intimidated for no reason. Good educators are being forced out of the system, only to be replaced with less competent but more politically sympathetic and pliable teachers. There is a very real political agenda involved.
“…a student attains ‘higher order thinking’ when he no longer believes in right or wrong“. “A large part of what we call good teaching is a teacher´s ability to obtain affective objectives by challenging the student’s fixed beliefs. …a large part of what we call teaching is that the teacher should be able to use education to reorganize a child’s thoughts, attitudes, and feelings.” - Benjamin Bloom, psychologist and educational theorist, in “Major Categories in the Taxonomy of Educational Objectives”, p. 185, 1956
“This is the idea where we drop subject matter and we drop Carnegie Unites (grading from A-F) and we just let students find their way, keeping them in school until they manifest the politically correct attitudes. You see, one of the effects of self-esteem (Values Clarification) programs is that you are no longer obliged to tell the truth if you don’t feel like it. You don’t have to tell the truth because if the truth you have to tell is about your own failure then your self-esteem will go down and that is unthinkable.”- Dr. William Coulson, explaining Outcome Based Education (OBE)-1964
“Every child in America entering school at the age of five is insane because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our founding fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It’s up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well – by creating the international child of the future”- Dr. Chester M. Pierce, address to the Childhood International Education Seminar, 1973...
"Education should aim at destroying free will so that after pupils are thus schooled they will be incapable throughout the rest of their lives of thinking or acting otherwise than as their school masters would have wished ... The social psychologist of the future will have a number of classes of school children on whom they will try different methods of producing an unshakable conviction that snow is black. Various results will soon be arrived at: first, that influences of the home are 'obstructive' and verses set to music and repeatedly intoned are very effective ... It is for the future scientist to make these maxims precise and discover exactly how much it costs per head to make children believe that snow is black. When the technique has been perfected, every government that has been in charge of education for more than one generation will be able to control its subjects securely without the need of armies or policemen."
Bertrand Russell quoting Johann Gottlieb Fichte, the head of philosophy & psychology who influenced Hegel and others – Prussian University in Berlin, 1810...
Progressing from education to indoctrination, postmodernism has ushered in an age of educational nihilism that seeks to destroy the minds of the next generation of Americans. The good news is that the biggest impediment to their grandiose plans is that they earlier suceeded in destroying their own minds on the bullshit they now force-feed the children of today.
What happens in the classroom has ramifications that extend well into society at large.
Parents are ultimately responsible for what goes on the schools their children attend. Schools are not institutions developed solely for baby sitting reasons. Schools, by definition, are meant to be reflective of the values and social morality of the community at large.
A free society is not a society free to abandon it's responsibilities. As we noted earlier today an a column published at Pajamas Media, Welcome To The Age Of Psychopathy,
Psychopathic behaviors enter the picture when individuals, confronted by the painful truth about themselves, refuse to acknowledge and deal with that truth and are unable to see others except as extensions of their own wishes, feelings, or needs...
We are living in an Age of Psychopathy when entire populations imagine that because they have certain beliefs and feelings, those beliefs and feelings are entirely appropriate and their consequences in the real world are perfectly acceptable...
If and when we abandon and our schools and allow 'professional educators' to take the lead, we are shortchanging our kids. Those professional educators,' as competent and well meaning as they may be, work for us. They are there to serve our children and the needs of our communities. We do not exist to serve their desires and political agendas. Nor do we exist to cede control of what our children learn.
Let's be clear: If you want to know what an education system that is controlled by a political agenda looks like, one that cares little for the best interest of the child and even less to what concerns parents might voice, turn to the Arab world.