Which is why all of the screaming about failing schools is retarded and frankly just reactionary propaganda.
So that school that you taught at in LA was not a failing school…? They exist certainly…but there is a great deal of propaganda being thrown around.
Those schools (there were more than one) were failing because they were full of low-class ghetto Blacks! How are are you “failing schools” guys going to fix that problem? Send em back to Africa?
The schools are failing due to lousy fucking kids! It’s not our fault! It’s not the teachers’ fault. It’s not the administrators’ fault. It’s the kids’ fault. They act horrible and refuse to learn. There’s nothing wrong with the school itself. The problem is the students.
I taught in schools all over LA and I’m not sure if I ever saw one school where the teachers or administrators were screwing up. I saw possibly one teacher who may have been incompetent. He was Black and possibly an alcoholic. I think he mostly showed movies most of the time. I met another one who was an alcoholic too (she drank in class) but somehow she was still able to do her job quite well.
Almost all teachers were very hard-working and competent, although at some schools, you wonder why they even try, since the students mostly just sit there and absolutely refuse to do any work whatsoever. The administrators are riding on your ass constantly and in the White areas the horrible parents are on your ass all the time. In the White areas, it’s actually worse, since the horrible kids are actually trying to get the teachers in trouble or fired much of the time!
The reactionary scum look at this and say the school is failing. It’s the school’s fault, it’s the teachers’ fault, it’s the administrators’ fault. All lies! The kids are scumbags, and they destroy the schools and refuse to learn. In the ghetto, the schools do seem to be underfunded. They are falling apart, books are old and falling apart, etc.
The kids have destroyed the schools. With the assistance of their parents, I might add.
The reactionary scum look at underfunded schools and say they are failing. Of course. They are broke! Their solution? Cut off the money!
The reactionary maggots in the US (almost all White) have always hated public eduction. They hate the schools, and they especially hate the teachers. White America has always hated schoolteachers. One reason they hate them is due to their unions. It’s one of the last effective unions around in this country, which is why the White rightwing dogs are always frothing about them.
Now think of what a US conservative really is, and tell me he’s not a scumbag.
He hates public eduction. The truth even worse: he wants to destroy it. That’s what all this “vouchers” and “charter schools” BS nonsense is all about. It’s a plot to destroy the public schools and especially to destroy the teachers unions. The Right has always hated public education in the US. Study the huge fight we liberals had to wage to get public education in the first place in this country back in the 1830’s. The Right wanted all education in the US to be private forever. They’ve never changed. They hated the schools in 1835, and they hate the schools in 2010.
He hates teachers! Wow. That’s breathtaking. White America has always hated schoolteachers. The White middle class considers teacher to be a loser profession. Teachers don’t get a lot of respect. You get way more respect in the Hispanic community as a teacher. The more money a White makes, the more scorn he has for teachers. Businessmen especially hate teachers because many of the older ones hate education and are just all about money and “I never went to college!” bragging.
A lot of the hatred for the schools has come about since the Civil Rights Era. White Americans see their White taxes going for schools for the “niggers and beaners.” They hate that. So they want to destroy the schools, or at least not have their White money going for non-White schools.
Don’t forget that America is a profoundly anti-intellectual country. Recent Hispanic immigrants have far more respect for education and an educated American than a typical ignorant White American.
Keep in mind that before 1960, the dropout rate was extremely high, especially in rural areas. Black schools had extremely high dropout rates. So did Hispanics. Many more Blacks and Hispanics graduate from high school now than in the past. When my grandfather graduated from high school in 1908, he had to take Greek, Latin and other high-end courses. You shake your head. How things have been dumbed down! Not so. When he graduated, only 8% of the population graduated from high school.
Schools were forcibly integrated in 1965, and a major push was made to keep all kids in school through 12th grade. As before, many can’t hack it, but they graduate anyway. The ones who are terming out now in many cases would have long ago dropped out in the past. They are not very smart, barely smart enough to graduate from the 12th grade. All of these kids are taking the tests now and sure scores are dropping and popular articles about how dumb students are proliferate. Many of these students who can barely graduate high school have bought the line that everyone needs to go to college. These kids are taking SAT’s now and the scores are dropping. What do you expect?
In the last 50 years, the % of the students in schools who are Black or Brown has skyrocketed. In a race realist perspective, there is a large part of your “failing schools” equation right there. The quality of the students has declined and so has their scores. Why is the school, teachers and administrators at fault due to a decline in student quality?
Tests show that the average 18 year old has better verbal and math skills, and has greater knowledge, than an 18 year old 50 years ago. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, rightwingers.