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Education Lawfare

You know,

I’m not a big punitive lawsuits guy. But there are times when that clearly the best option. And that truly seems to be the case, here. Parents can (and should, most often) take their kids out of public schools. So these parents get to pay both taxes that fund the schools and the costs inherent in educating their children. What a country!

What we need is for the dollars to be attached to the child, rather than to a public School District! And in addition, schools need to be held legally liable for their crappy results!

The teachers’ unions, and the school administrators who are in frequent contact with them, don’t give a damn about the children in their charge. In a just world, we’d be able to lock up people who are deliberately dooming young children to a miserable future just so they can line their own pockets.

It is infuriating!

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Education Lefty Intellectual Rigidity

I think wise

parents now very often look to other educational arrangements for their kids if they can.

I went to public school. So did my wife. My 4 kids all went to public school.

But things are different, now. And I would probably make different choices now than I did then.

Consider the fact that 65% of American fourth-grade students can barely read. This is a result of a radical shift to a new way of teaching children how to read.

… After a couple of decades of teaching reading this way with abysmal results, you’d think even a leftist would throw in the towel and go back to what worked before. Not on your life. That would mean the critics who have been railing against this travesty of education were right. And, as we know, leftists would rather blow up the country than admit anything they do causes more harm than good.

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Education

The start of

the breakdown

Utah will no longer require a bachelor’s degree for about 98 percent of its civil servant jobs, according to a recent decision by the state’s Republican governor.

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Education

Honestly, that’s

no surprise at all.

Academia is a pit of vipers. And while I once dabbled a bit with being a professor right on the front edge of the “woke” crap, I got out of the college professor gig. And I am extremely glad I did. It would have been a very poor fit for me. Very.

Oh don’t get me wrong, I liked teaching. I like ideas and technical knowledge. I enjoyed that part of it. And I have a lot to offer. But I would not have done well at all with all the “woke” crap.

And the mask and clot shot nonsense? Wow, I’m glad I didn’t have to deal with that!

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Education

Good!

That’s how it should be!

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Education

Please understand,

things are different, now. I put all four of my kids in public schools. I never even considered doing otherwise–the thought never actually crossed my mind to do differently. And both me and my wife are products of public schools. AND my wife is trained as an elementary school teacher.

But now I’m not sure I would put my kids in Public Schools if I had to do it over…

Other options would be strong contenders!

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Education

Yeah,

ya think?

DUH!!!!

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Education

Yes, high achievers’

parents have had enough.

Parents of these kids see that they can do far better by home-schooling their kids. And that is the case with almost all parents and kids when looked at over a few years.

Are there some very good public school teachers? Oh yes. But I do think the odds are better with private schools, charter schools, “pods,” and home school.

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Education

Pretty far from a

shocker, eh?

Well, yeah: The more parents know about public schools, the less likely they are to support them.

Yeah, once you know what chickens eat, you won’t eat chicken…

… One of the most significant findings was not that barely a quarter of Americans had any confidence in public schools; it was that they couldn’t marshal a majority approval by the Democrat core constituency.

I agree that the funding should follow the child (and I have said that for years). If that were universally implemented, it would solve probably 90% of the problem!

Individually, there are some dang good public school teachers. But as a group, they suck!

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Education

VERY interesting.

Very interesting, indeed.

“I think allowing veterans to teach helps the teacher shortage in Florida. Not only do they have to have 60 credits but they’re also assigned a mentor and must pass an exam with bachelor-level subjects,” Stilwell-Carroll explained. “So, I believe this is a great solution to our teacher shortage and also keeps our veterans employed after serving.”

Maybe you can make an argument for minimum requirement for lower grades, but I think even THAT problem pretty much goes away with a strong school executive (NOT multiple weak ones, but one strong executive who is totally responsible and who faces frequent review by the school board).

And it goes without saying that for decent education, you de-fang the teachers’ unions. THAT is a crucial aspect.

But here’s the danger for the entrenched school folks: What if these non-formally educated, uncredentialed, and unlicensed people do just as well as people who have a teaching certificate?

Kinda blows a hole in the whole restrictive education bureaucracy, eh? And it shows that non-formally educated parents can indeed be good at home schooling!

We should not be unaware of what a HUGE, existential threat this is to Entrenched Education, Inc. Because if a high school educated Veteran can do it, why do we need a credential at all?

My take? Require a at least a 2-year college degree. Any degree, but with focus on teaching kids. Maybe a particular one-class curriculum.

And then make it easy to fire sub-optimal teachers. Make Principals actually weighty. Make them really the executive of the school. And they get fired by the school board if they are not doing a good job.

Is that a perfect solution? No, of course not. But the real question is whether or not it is better than we have. And I think it is.