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Why Is school Reform mission Impossible?
James L. Casale, Ph.D.
It would be easier to saddle up a python and ride off into the sunset than reform our government schools. The system is fatally broken and even Tom cruise couldn’t rescue it. Those who govern the system are-I am being kind- misinformed, the talent pool is too shallow and always has been, and the teachers’ unions continue to be major obstacles.
Our Founding Fathers assigned or, should I say, left the responsibility of educating the public to the states. This precipitates three questions: who are our legislators? What do they know? and from whom do they get their information about education?
While the approval rating for state legislatures is light years ahead of congress at about 37% and a majority of legislators in many states have college degrees, are they really equipped to make the important decisions about a complex system they know little about? In fact, the Lilliard E. Richardson report (University of Missouri) reveals that the least formally educated legislatures have a higher public approval.
An article in the Chronicle of higher education quotes John Adams speaking about representative assemblies; they “should be in miniature an exact portrait of the people at large.” add governors, state boards, commissioners, (the Florida commissioner reportedly has one year of teaching on his resume), and school board members to this malaise of decision makers. This results in the proverbial, “inmates running the asylum.
I can only guess where they obtain their information before they make important decisions. Colleagues, staffers, donors, college professors- who haven’t been in a classroom for decades-committees, commissions, spouses, and pals come to mind. Do they even bother to seek and find the most knowledgeable teachers and administrators who are the true experts? Where is the talent, the research and the objectivity that should comprise state and local decision making?
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The talent Pool
The talent pool of outstanding teachers and principals- the line staff that can produce results-is shallow. There never were, are not now, and never will be enough talent to save the government schools. Our profession does not attract the best and the brightest. GRE scores for education majors are among the lowest. The brightest prospects are not necessarily the best since teaching is an art form that requires the artist’s instincts and a unique set of characteristics that include a sense of humor, compassion, tenacity, kindness, self-assessment and leadership. Not enough talented people are attracted to the teaching profession due to the salaries, the unimaginable difficulty of teaching a classroom of young people with varying abilities, the misguided legislators, and teachers’ unions who worship at the altar of the status quo.
Think back on your own K-12 experience and compile a list of the most outstanding teachers you experienced? You wanted to be in their class, wanted to do their homework, worked hard for them, and wanted their approval because they were always prepared, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, inspiring, respectful, compassionate, fair, and modeled what should be every school’s mantra, learning how to learn, becoming a life–long learner, and figuring out how to get along with everybody. ठिक छ। कति वटा? My unscientific surveys always reveal a number less than ten.
Should I stop here? They have been obstacles to school reform since forever. They oppose anyone and anything that interferes with their main mission; recruit members, negotiate for benefits and working conditions, protect tenure and worship at the altar of mediocrity. They oppose charter schools, vouchers, merit pay, California’s trigger law- which allows parents to close failing schools, innovative teacher evaluation reform, and anything that impinges on their power and turf.
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Their PAC organizations, lobbyists, and hefty donations control state and national democratic politicians and thus legislatures. Ask Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor who had the audacity to challenge union power. We witnessed democratic legislators running for cover to the next state in order to foil quorum requirements and demonsयुनियन भेडाले विस्कॉन्सिन बाहेक युनियन भेडाले कारबाही र रैलीहरू।
न्यू योर्कको गभर्नर क्योमो, डेमोक्र्याट, र NYC को मेयर ब्लूमब्लग, एक अन्वेषण गरिएको प्रजातान्त्रिक, शिक्षकले शिक्षकहरूको युनियनलाई उनीहरूको राज्यमा चुनौती दिए। कुमोलाई राज्य बजेटमा एक अनिवार्य शिक्षक मूल्यांकन कम्पनेन्ट गर्न कोशिस गर्दै थियो र ब्लूमबर्ग विफल स्कूलहरू बन्द गर्न चाहन्थे र 1 1500 खराब शिक्षकहरूलाई खारेज गर्न चाहन्थे। युनियनको भर्खरको दुश्मन बेस्टी भ्रम्स भुटेको छ, शिक्षाका सचिव र भण्डारी स्कूलहरू र भउचरका लागि मनोनयन।
त्यहाँ सुधारको लागि आशा छ
जबकि साँचो स्कूल सुधार सम्भव छैन, स्कूल सुधारको एक मौका हुन्छ र यो सबै अवरोधहरूको बाबजुद व्यक्तिगत स्कूल र स्कूल जिल्लाहरूमा छिद्भाविक रूपमा गरिन्छ। यसको लागि कम्तिमा स्थानीय तहमा, स्कूल बोर्डहरू, ज्ञान, ज्ञान, आश्चर्यजनक, र घनिष्ठ प्रशासकहरू र शिक्षकहरूलाई नियन्त्रण गर्न बुद्धिका सामानहरू बोर्डहरू छन्। जीवनका लागि टेरेज-रोजगारी- राज्य विधायरहरू र स्कूल बोर्डहरूको वरिपरि झुण्डिएको अल्बेरोक्रेस हो जसले तिनीहरूलाई असक्षम शिक्षकहरू र प्रशासकहरूलाई बर्खास्त गर्नबाट रोक्छ।
उनीहरूको बच्चाको पहिलो शिक्षक र रोल मोडेलको रूपमा आफ्नो गम्भीर जिम्मेवारीलाई स्वीकार्ने अभिभावकहरू हाम्रो एकमात्र स्कूलहरू सुधार गर्ने आशा नै हुन्। तिनीहरू अधिक ज्ञानी र सक्रिय हुनु पर्छ। कुनै विशेष सीप आवश्यक छैन। के आवश्यक छ उनीहरूको बच्चाको शिक्षामा संलग्न हुने प्रतिबद्धता हो। यस प्रतिबद्धतालाई शिक्षाको बारेमा सकारात्मक दृष्टिकोणको आवश्यकता छ, उनीहरूको परिवारलाई उनीहरूको परिवारलाई आजीवन सिक्नेहरू, एक परिवार मिशन कथन गरेर, र उनीहरूको परिवार निर्देशित गर्ने योजना बन्न सक्ने योजना हो।
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