It has been way too long since I last posted. (My apologies to the Xanga gods and goddesses, and to all my angelic readers.)
Today I want to talk about how public school teachers get no respect. And what better evidence than the daily newspaper?
Let’s see. Detroit announces 5,714 teacher lay-offs. Another 354 will be laid off in Milwaukee on Friday. Meanwhile, here in Texas, some are estimating that 100,000 public school teachers could lose their jobs by the fall.
This is a catastrophe. How on earth can the world’s richest country not afford to educate its children?
It’s because we don’t care.
Sure, we give lip service to education. But, at the end of the day, it’s just means to an end. Deep down, everyone knows it.
As one article put it:
“We also don’t believe in the value of education, culturally — we just like to say we do because as citizens of an industrialized nation, we’re supposed to. But we can tell our children that school is important until we’re blue in the face, they’re not stupid. They see the loudest applause is for the kids on the field. They know teachers are paid poorly and don’t drive fancy cars. They know people plan Super Bowl parties but mock the National Spelling Bee.”
Yeah, it’s a shame.