I just cannot understand how this became a war between teachers and the government. Teachers run our schools. The government assumes teachers are to blame when students or schools fail. Why? We all can name at least five possible reasons why a student might fail that have nothing to do with teachers. The teachers I have known have been hard workers who often enhanced their instruction at their own expense. Are our politicians jealous of the only people in our society with some degree of job security? Are other American’s jealous (this, at least, I could understand)? No society can be successful with a good solid middle class.
What kind of message does this send our children about the importance of teachers and schools? If everyone is vilifying teachers how can we expect to produce more competitive citizens? These methods will not get you better schools. Only study, discussion, and reform will get us better schools. Some of our children seem to be unable to value education because it is mandatory and they are “forced” to attend. We need to make schools that students want to attend. Maybe we need to make schooling more competitive in a way. Our children are as stubborn about their freedom as any of us, although they often lack the maturity to act in their own best interests, and if they don’t buy into the importance of school we need to make schooling more desirable. Our school system is huge and big institutions do not change easily. Busting unions and “dissing” teachers is not the way to accomplish positive change.