Tuesday, October 03, 2006

education situation

I am subscribed to a newsletter from life coach Dan Miller. In the most recent one he was sharing some interesting information about school teachers:

The center’s research reveals that “a total of 40 percent of public school teachers say they don’t expect to be in the classroom five years from now. The rate is expected to be even greater among high school teachers, half of whom plan to be out of teaching by 2010.”

Come to think of it, I do know a number of teachers who found themselves feeling dissatisfied in their vocation. He notes some interesting observations made by Alvin Toffler.

In their latest book, Revolutionary Wealth, Alvin and Heidi Toffler say the U.S. educational system was designed to introduce children to “industrial discipline.” That we are grooming them for rigid schedules and repetitive work for life in a factory. But the jobs of today and tomorrow require knowledge-based skills, with respect, caring and compassion topping the list.

Maybe it’s time for parents to stop using schools as babysitters and to once again take responsibility for the education of our children. Toffler proposes three days a week of conventional school and two days of community service, business or family involvement.

I'm not convinced but it does make me think.


Holy Pirate said...

And there's always homeschooling.

Why render your children unto Caesar for eight hours a day? Especially when many of Caesar's employees are apparently so unhappy with their jobs. Would you feel comfortable knowing your auto mechanic was unhappy with his/her job?

Anonymous said...

Teachers are like every other profession - some are happy, some are not. I have to trust that unhappy employees, whether doctor, mechanic or teacher, will still do a good job.

We want teachers to do creative, educational things with students but only give them about an hour a day to grade, plan, talk to parents, make copies, etc. Most teachers put in extra time. Some teachers would make good use of more time, others wouldn't. It would certainly cost more money which would shock the taxpayers.

Parents have to take some responsibility with our failing system. Too many children arrive at school with a lack of respect for adults, other students and learning. Teachers spend too much time managing behavior, most of which should be done at home, instead of teaching the curriculum. I believe that school reform has to start at home.


Jason Woolever said...

good to have the input of someone who has experienced life in the trenches as a teacher and a parent.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Kara - we parents are not doing our job, and our children are suffering because of it.

Anonymous said...

The public school system in the United States is a disgrace when compared to foreign nations.

Our teaches in comparison to their foreign counterparts make less money and have less respect.

It is sad that money to pay for education went for things such as metal dectectors, video survelliance system, and security guards. But I know that money is well spent especially with the increase in school violence.

Would anyone reconsider being a youth pastor if their was a rise of random snipers during youth worship?

We allowed our pluralistic nation to take out God and the 10 Commandments of school. We recently had an instructor lead his class in burning an American Flag as an exercise in free speech.

Now I hear to allow students to learn more computer skills, cursive writing will be eliminated.
How does one teach to the majority of the students and not leave a child behind? Such as the gift and talented and the at risk children from broken homes with a single parent who works and does not have time for the child....

I wish I had some solutions, I don't blame the teachers or the system. Each region is different so their has to be local control and accountability.

John Flores
Frisco, Texas

Holy Pirate said...

I'm glad we don't have prayer in public schools. Nothing to suck the life out of prayer like having a government employee (of which I am one, so I am not beating on civil servants) responsible for coordinating it.

I really don't think more government entanglement with religion is the answer to our society's problems, including the education system. We need more families to get entangled with Christ instead of, at best, waving at Him through the drive through window of Sunday worship they've rushed through on their way somewhere else.

Oloryn said...

C. S. Lewis proposed a principle of "First and Second Things" (from the collection "God In The Dock"):

"Every preference of a small good to a great, or a partial good to a total good, involves the loss of the small or partial good for which the sacrifice was made. Apparently the world is made that way. If Esau really got his pottage in return for his birthright, then Esau was a lucky exception. You can’t get second things by putting them first; you can get second things only by putting first things first."

As I watch the changes, not only in education, but in the country in general over the past 50 years, I can't help but wonder if we're watching a large-scale outworking of exactly that principle.

Jason Woolever said...

A book that has really helped me in my understanding of Prayer in Public Schools has been Confronting the Controversies by Adam Hamilton. He has me believing that in the pluralistic society, we are safer as Christians leaving religion out of the public schools otherwise our kids my be forced to pray to other gods. Those aren't his words, but my take away.