America is blind to the problems of public education

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    This is how I see public education: there are 4 “entities” that determine the success/failure of any school - administrators, teachers, students, parents. All 4 have responsibilities. At the high school level parents and students have dropped the ball. They no longer accept any responsibility for education. It has somehow become a “right”, and if it is not handed to them, whether they have earned it or not, then the institution, the school, the teacher must be inferior/ineffective/”bad”. Administrators are forcing teachers to dumb down their classes because Americans have somehow decided that an education does not require effort and hard work. It’s not a freebie! Look at the billions of dollars that colleges are spending on remedial classes. And even colleges are forcing professors to dumb down classes in order to reduce failure rates!

    If Americans really want to straighten out the public education system they need to look at the real problem. Stop putting all of the responsibility on teachers. Look at the administrators who are making the decisions and rules. Look at the parents and students who don’t understand that an education is something you earn. You can fire and replace all of the existing teachers, but nothing will change because the other 3 “entities” have not been addressed. You can put up new buildings and rename them “charter schools”, but if the 4 “entities” are not addressed equally those schools will fail. If you look closely at those charter schools that have succeeded you’ll find that all 4 “entities” have been addressed.

    Wake up America! Individual responsibility and personal accountability needs to be applied to administrators, students and parents - not just teachers. An education is NOT an entitlement. It is something that is earned.
     
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    about 5 years ago there was a big teachers conference in San Fran where the superintendent got into trouble for making stereotypical remarks about blacks. The one thing I really remember was a student who admitted to goofing off all during high school but decided to turn over a new leaf and work hard in grade 12 and then go to university, blah, blah. What does that mean to students who work hard for five years? is that possible and what does that mean for high school standards?

    there should be at least two tracks in high school, one for learners and one for slackers.
     
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    That goes against the liberal/progressive mindset. Everyone must be the same. All are equal. Learning takes a distant backseat to confidence/self esteem building. USA dropped out of the top 10 globally in gen ed, but we're #1 in student confidence.
     
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    Which is why most young people think the "deserve" a much higher salary than their position can bear.
     
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    What are public schools like in Mexico?
     
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    Adminstrators, teachers, students, and parents?

    Only two of these groups are getting paid. It would seem to me that the job falls on the shoulders of those who get paid for it.
     
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    The blame falls on the liberals who said they could educate minorities.
     
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    Tank please do elaborate on what you mean on your remarks of "educating minorities" like myself?
     
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    I think the blame falls on the groups who are getting paid for it, however the responsibility is of all 4 of these groups. Its an effort on all of these people including politicians to progress in education. I dont think there is one group however than can be blamed for failures of SOME public schools. Because all Public education facilities are not failures.
     
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    The job does. The responsibility falls on all 4. Actually, parental responsibility should gradually shift to the student through high school years. Parents and students take little if any responsibilty for their education. It's up to other people to bestow it on them.
     

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