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Those Who Can Teach - Those Who Cannot Pass Laws About Teaching

Posted on May 13, 2011 at 10:09 AM



This image of a slogan button was collected off of Facebook today. According to the album owner, it was available at the Ohio Education Association Representative Assembly and will be available soon on the OEA Website.


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Public Education, along with many public sector jobs, are largely professions that are controlled and run by people that are not actually in the profession. Public education has always been a local community trust, and in America is really a state-level government issue. A school board of directors is typically made up of community businessmen and women who may or may not have any experience as a professional educator.


The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 was an attempt to bring more accountability into the results of public education. There is no question in my mind that America needed to step up their game in terms of educating its youth. What NCLB did, however,  was create a culture of stress and high-stakes testing that tries to get every child to perform at the same level, which is scientifically unsound [LINK]. The results are stressed-out children as young as age 8 and school districts abandoning a balanced curriculum to favor math and reading in order to meet the ever-increasing benchmarks of Adequate Yearly Progress.


We need accountability systems for public education that are kept at the state level and are based on research and best practices of educational professionals. What we continue to get instead are Republicans and Democrats pushing their ideology down our collective throats.


The slogan button sums all of that up in a simple slogan. I clicked the "like" button on this one.



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