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EDUCATION: Teachers aren’t solely to blame

Letter by Melissa DiSpaltro, University Place on May 4, 2010 at 9:31 am with 5 Comments »
May 10, 2010 9:18 am

Re: “Schools squeak by, but future budgets look disastrous” (TNT, 5-2).

Is it really teachers’ fault their students don’t perform when the students know they won’t be required to retake classes they fail in kindergarten through eighth grade?

A whole lot of our problems with low-performing schools would be solved if the state would just fund enough teachers to teach the kids who repeat courses, in addition to the incoming students taking the course for the first time. And the best part? The money outlay would shrink significantly after the first two or three years, once students realize there’s an actual consequence to failure.

Imagine a state where students knew they had to do more than just warm a seat in a classroom in order to move on to the next grade. I know it would make my job, and the school where I work, a whole lot better.

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  1. BGbootha says:

    Isn’t it sad that we have gotten to a point where we are asking for common sense to be installed into educational practice?

  2. jrdndd says:

    A friend of mine suggested. When a student has to retake a class, the parents actually have to pay for it. I wonder how many would fail classes then. Perhaps, parents would even act like they cared.

  3. blakeshouse says:

    The answer from the socialist is always more of everyones money. That tactic has been used for the last 30 yrs and it has worked so well!!!!!! Charter schools would be the first step in repairing the broken system. Oh wait the teachers union won’t allow that, nor will it allow for the dismissal of sub par teachers. Add to that the fact that teachers have no control over students any longer and you have what is laughing called our public ed system. Untill REAL changes are implemented throwing any more money at the problem is as idiotic as trying to pee into the wind and not gey wet..

  4. leftybender says:

    Your right, Teachers aren’t solely to blame. We have four levels of accountability that we need to recognize. The students, the parents, the teachers and the principles. In order to set a line of accountability we need to start with the teachers.(Unions don’t like this) That may seem unfair but its the first step. When we set that line we can put pressure on the students and parents to reach that level. That is when the harsh reality will hit the parents and the students. Our schools are not a place to keep your kids until their 18. We shouldn’t expect our edu system to raise are children for us. Parents and students will have to meet in the middle so to speak.
    I want to fund our schools to the best of our ability. If we keep throwing money at our problems before we initiate change we are going to get the same results as we have in the past. Let’s separate the school budget from the general fund so the public will have a better idea of how much money the schools are using and how much more they will need. We need to see it because a lot of us don’t trust what the LEG. is telling us. I know i don’t. We need to change our system first then fund it efficiently. I want our teachers to have a strong influence on how we educate our children. However i do not want the teachers Union to have anything to do with it. Our Union should negotiate the contracts for our teachers and thats it. Our state has good teachers I am truly blessed to have my children educated here. We need accountability from everyone. My grandfather was a life long educator and when he was a principal teaching and managing the largest most educated generation of america(the boomers) he ran four schools. Class sizes were larger and our children became the largest influence the world has ever seen. I know we can make our system better because we have the good people to do it. We just need to stop talking about it and do it.

  5. ron1243 says:

    When are we going to hold everyone accountable? It is easy to blame the teachers but I believe we should start at the top. The school board in responsible for their district. If they are doing their job and objectively evaluating superintendents and principals then a failing superintendent would not be kept. Principals would be moved. Poor teachers would be fired.
    We do not want to hurt our child feelings or self esteeme so we keep passing them even when they are failures. One excuse I was told is that parents will get mad. Soory they just does not fly. I would rather have a mad parent then a student that can not read or do math, let alone spell. Maybe you should be talking with parents before the end of the year.

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