The View From 1776
It’s not their fault. The blame lies at the feet of our nation’s liberal-progressive educators who have followed John Dewey’s progressive education dictum that there is no place for history in modern education for socialism.
Read about the results.
- It goes a lot deeper than USA Today realizes. Any parent who has attended a PTA night, examined his child's books and study materials, and has any real knowledge of the subject matter understands this stuff is taught in the most superficial manner possibile and morphed out of all recognition by political correctness. It not only isn't taught, it isn't taught correctly so that even when kids have a smattering of events and persons, they have a distorted picture of what they represent. And, it is not just the kids. I have conversed with teachers (some who are my generation) who think they know and understand the subject matter but are no better informed than their best students. This is trying to achieve excellence by mediocracy.
Santa Maria Times
My service as a public school teacher began in 1957. In 1970, the Los Angeles teachers' union,
UTLA, called a strike. Their attempt to close the
schools met failure in view of the largely professional viewpoint of a great majority of the L.A. teachers at the time.
Through the following years, the several teachers'
organizations continued to represent their members
before the school board on a proportional basis of
membership as the Winton Act required. The union
continued an ongoing drumbeat to the teachers that
they would have "more clout" if they would join the union. They had minor success.
By the late 1970's, State Senator Rhodda authored
a bill before the Senate and Assembly that would
require all teachers in every public school district to choose a single teachers' organization to represent them. It worked! The teachers had accepted the union ploy of "clout." The union won and the voice of the professional teacher was silenced - without further representation in each district. California public schools went from No. 1 to No. 50, as statewide the story was repeated. Nation-wide,the NEA and AFT prevailed. As predicted, public school education went into the toilet. Since the first priority of any union is the benefit of the union and its members, the students were given a backseat. The public-sector
blockage of education reform (Koret Foundation)
continues by the unions - private-sector agents.
Ignoring the cause, politicians, parents, and teachers today do not have a clue as to a solution. The worker-mentality and lack of professional identity and priority values grinds on, while the children of each succeeding gener-
ation suffer ongoing classic mediocrity.
Parents who care will have to lead. Meanwhile, private, parochial, and home-schooling, are the only reliable 'student first' educational institutions available.
Santa Maria, CA
P.S. I took early retirement from public schools in 1980 and taught and led private and Christian schools for six more years before retiring in 1987.Posted by Jim Baxter on 02/27 at 07:36 PM