TIDBIT: THIS TEACHER’S RESIGNATION LETTER SAYS IT ALL
With the exception to the bow to John Dewey, whom I regard - along with the Rockefailures, Doctors of Edubabble, and a few other people - as being responsible for the morass and stinking sinking garbage barge that is Amairicun edgykayshun, this letter of resignation of a teacher in a New York state school system says it all. (Please note, I am using the Amairicun spelling and not the Australian egdymakayshun.)
Teacher’s resignation letter: ‘My profession … no longer exists’
Of course, its appearance in the Washington Post makes it immediately suspect...
...that's a joke folks...
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The two signs hanging in the teacher’s classroom, “Words Matter” and “Ideas Matter” are anathema to those in control of public education because they do not want students to develop critical thinking skills. The teacher nailed the problem with this statement, “it smothers the development of critical thinking in our students and assumes a one-size-fits-all mentality more appropriate to the assembly line than to the classroom.”
So, he slightly missed the mark when he stated “…I don’t feel that those currently driving public education have any inkling of what they (the two signs) mean.”, because they really do know.
Reread that Dewey quotation.
Opting Out? Fortunately, homeschooling is lawful in all 50 states and the US Supreme Court has upheld educational choice by parents instead of the authoritarian state. Not so in other countries, such as Germany, where homeschooling is still ‘verboten’ since being outlawed in 1938 by the Nazi government. Parents who defy the law are subject to huge fines, jail time, or even the loss of custody of their children!
The Daily Bell posted an editorial today by Ron Paul – Homeschooling: The Future of Liberty – in which he announced his own curriculum for homeschooling families: A Free Market-Based Program, K-12 (as expected, emphasis on Austrian school market economics). I expect it will appeal to liberty-minded, liberty-loving parents.
Coming from the Wahington Post does make it suspect for me. I regard that rag and others like the NYT as:
Her Majesty’s Rag.
I don’t have too much sympathy for teachers. I never did like them too much except for one very, very old nun who taught religious class and algebra. She was a saint. The rest judging the kind of people they were I believe they are where they belong. ( Do you believe some people are smart enough never to have gone into the field of Teaching? Avoided it like the plague! I can hear the refrain, “What do they know?”)
I remember books writing by the then popular Herman Hesse revealing how his early education was a form of “Soul Murder!” I agree totally. (robbed him of his delightful childhood.)
When I was exploring the Field of Psychology I came across a small area of it often associated with Community Psychology (not the Lennist kind) called Critical Psych. It travels where-ever the consequences leads them and some would typically say, “It is very Un-Amerikan.”
The recommendation of Critical Psychology is to drop out of the Field and become something like a public Advocate. (of course a few Therapists are to remain behind to take care of the ‘damages.” ) But as far as any ‘real psychology” inside the STATE sponsored system — forget it. It’s like Russia was only with velvet gloves. and sometimes the gloves come off! But unlike the occasional MDs who make mistakes and are brought to Court — When was the last time you heard of Psychs being brought to Court? — you’ll never hear about it til it screams in your face!)
There is much written about old waspy grey haired men in suits wearing thin wire framed glasses deciding the fate of public schools for the masses of the then Industrial Society.
They say, “Teach them only two things in these public-schools — one, to be in class on time (not to be tardy) and two, there always is to be a BOSS and that boss is the TEACHER!)
I didn’t mention Catholic School for they socialize one for the MIDDLE AGES and the rest. Well, are they even worth mentioning?
I think we need to CLIMB BACK UP IN THE TREES for coming down to earth was a BIG MISTAKE —- ha, ha! (trusting a ‘teacher’ is like leaving your kid ‘alone with a priest!”)
Re: the Post… but that’s not a joke at all.
It’s sad times to read such a letter from a dedicated teacher (of history at that!). Perhaps there is hope: angry parents and teachers are uniting to opt-out of high-stakes assessment tests that are wrecking public education, closing schools, and forcing the resignation of some of our best teachers (Dr. Farrell included). Occupy the DOEd is rallying in D.C. this week to put an end to ‘corporate education reforms’. [unitedoptout. com] Even so, I have a feeling that Dr. Farrell would say that the system is already unsalvageable.