Posted by: Frank | 05/22/2011

REBOOT PUBLIC EDUCATION!!!!!

Of all the letters i have written to West Hawaii Today, it seems the one regarding the Teachers Union & Teachers  has aroused the most ire. Sorry if I struck a nerve, perhaps the nerve has always been close to the surface just waiting for someone/something to hit it.

For the RECORD, it isn’t JUST the teachers unions that are a problem, it’s ALL Unions. I am not discriminate with my distaste for Unions.

For any DIMWIT that hasn’t figured it out yet, it’s the WHOLE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM that needs fixing, not individual schools and it’s NOT JUST ABOUT THE MONEY!  Our schools today have forgotten what it is like to be able to TEACH the children about our countries history and other basic subjects. We have MAJOR problems when it comes to how classes are conducted, what the teachers are allowed to do to keep the students attention, what they are allowed to do to keep them straight. The teachers have no control of their students, they aren’t allowed to discipline them without fear of being sued for one reason or another. The whole public school system works on FEAR that they might do something wrong and end up in court.

Out of curiosity I did a search (google and Yahoo) to find out how many teachers strikes IN OUR COUNTRY took place with the focus being on the Students, including the problems with discipline and general behavior. It was a short list to say the least.

There is no doubt our society has gone to far when it comes to what can or can’t be done in a classroom to control or encourage students to learn, NOT just sit and txt their friends, log onto Facebook, pick their noses or worry about who is doing what to whom.

As far as my own skills when it comes to Teaching, I have been in enough classrooms in my lifetime to make many people sick or totally bored. My memory has NOT faded when it comes to what I went through when I was a student, bot hin High School AND adult education. I have not been a “teacher” in schools but I HAVE taught in Military Classrooms and given instruction in “Adult Education” in the past. With all these situations, I was required to  develop a syllabus that I used as a guide for my instruction. It was a “living document” that changed as the needs changed. It did not take me 16 hours a day or my weekends to prepare for my classes. We did not “teach the test” as i have heard some of my student friends on this Island tell me.

It isn’t JUST the teachers that need to be audited, the WHOLE SYSTEM needs it, top to bottom. Then the People/Parents need to set down and tell the ACLU and other “do good” organizations to butt out and let the Teachers do the job they are paid to do. The teachers and schools need to be protected or exempt from Law Suits other than extreme cases.  Obviously there needs to be control and supervision of the Teachers but they also need the ability to control the situations in their classroom as required without dozens of organizations sticking their noses in it and threats of lawsuits from every parent that has a superiority complex and thinks their child can do no wrong.

The government doesn’t know crap about teaching or what is needed to get the message across to the fertile minds of your young people. They want to throw money at the problems and think that it will solve everything. For the person of average intelligence, we’ve known FOREVER that politicians, especially career politicians have NO COMMON SENSE! It’s quite obvious that WHAT THEY ARE DOING NOW  isn’t working and it’s time to rethink what’s happening – TIME TO REBOOT!!!

All the portable electronics the kids have to play with now days doesn’t help the education process. They sneak them into the classrooms and use them during breaks (and often during classes) to complain to their online buddies about how bored they are. Things in our education system need to change – it’s NOT to late AND  it’s not ALL about PAY AND BENIFITS!

IF THE TEACHERS WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE – BY ALL MEANS – GO ON STRIKE!!!  THIS TIME DO IT FOR THE RIGHT REASONS, DO IT TO SAVE OUR CHILDREN, DO IT TO STOP THE INSANE WAY OUR GOVERNMENT IS LETTING THE LEFT WING NUTS DESTROY OUR FUTURE – DEMAND THAT THEY ARE GIVEN THE TOOLS TO DO THE JOB THEY ARE ASKED AND PAID TO DO WITHOUT PARENT OR GOVERNMENT INTERFERANCE ! DEMAND WHAT’S RIGHT FOR A CHANGE!!

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OUR TEACHERS ACCROSS AMERICA WOULD TRY THAT?  LOL – TOO MUCH WORK AND THEY MIGHT LOOSE THEIR JOBS – FAT CHANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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