Disclaimer: For the purposes of the majority of my readers, and for continuity, I will simply discuss the American education system. Comparisons have been made numerous times, and I don’t need to reiterate someone else’s lines – for now, anyway.
NEW RULE: People have to decide whether their kids are important or not. I know where I stand, as did the Great Philosopher Carlin – and in many cases, it is clear too many parents agree with me.
Parents demand that some of the money I pay in taxes go into a pool that educates everyone’s child. That brings up another argument for another day, and I am not discussing taxes here. When those experts we have all paid to educate these little snot-nosed pricks clash with parents, the entity with the least experience on the subject always wins. Certainly, there are good teachers and there are bad teachers. But let’s at least assume that after subsidizing their education, these people know a little more about this than you do.
Let’s face it – parents, adults, are little more than overgrown children with the authority to screw things up for themselves and everyone else. Having a penis or vagina does not qualify you to raise or educate anyone, let alone a little kid who never did anything bad to you. As authority figures, parents have to be the most full of shit people on planet earth. For one thing, they dump their kids off on an educator and when they disagree with how things are going, the teacher gets blamed. And don’t get me started on labour disputes. One minute it’s Ms. Swanson, the next it’s that lazy, whiny Bitch trying to get more money out of me.
What do we value in our society? I am beginning to ask myself this question more and more frequently. What are our values? Self-interest? Then why have a government-run education system in the first place? It seems to me we are wasting people’s time – could it be…all of us? If you want something done right (translation: your way), do it yourself. If we truly value our kids, we have only two options.
1) Leave the education of your children to the people qualified to do so – and fight bigger battles like curriculum, etc.
2) Scrap the system entirely. A teacher didn’t piss away an extra 6 years of his/her life to be lectured by their scholastic inferiors.
Why else do people get jobs besides sustenance than to be the best at their craft? That isn’t universally true, but for more people than you’d like to believe, it is. Teachers are expected to take lectures from parents that lower their collective IQs, but I don’t see educators going into the kitchens of restaurants trying to show the chef how to cook. No one but the truly ignorant would even attempt to do that. Oh right, that reminds me – parents.
If having a child makes you qualified to make educational decisions for your kids, I saw a guy on the news recently with 12 kids by 9 different women. There’s someone you should listen to on educating your kids.
I think it is fairly clear that given the way “America’s Greatest Generation” has ruined things for their children and grandchildren, they and their offspring have no qualifications that entitle them to be taken seriously on guiding adolescence.
Is the education system in America a mess? Of course. The statistics bear this out. But whose fault is that? The educators are simply going on the education they received and some are even being innovative and bucking the system. But nobody cares. The system is the one that is fundamentally flawed, so venting frustrating directed at an educator probably doing the best they can with what they have is counterproductive.
The teachers are always the fall guys. At some point, we have to decide whether or not education is an essential service that the government should provide, and if it is, we should provide for and compensate those people we have entrusted with our kids in an appropriate manner. If we don’t want public education, we should man up and say so, instead of pretending we care, and then transferring blame whenever it suits us. What sort of example does that set for our kids? Reneg on your responsibility, and then complain when someone else does it in a way you don’t like. Once you agree to give someone the responsibility of looking after your snot-nosed little brats, if they feel it is necessary to help them grow up and function properly in the world to teach them about same sex couples, you no longer have the right to challenge a teacher on it. You dumped your kid into the public system. Parents can be just entitled as kids sometimes. At least when you’re 5, all you want is a toy or candy. I hate kids. Parents even more.