Wisconsin teachers wrong?

With all the protesting going on in regards to the collective bargaining rights of of teachers in Wisconsin as well as pretests to educational cuts in Ohio, Illinois and other state and federal budgets around the world do nothing but support my theory of moving toward a self driven educational format, and hiring “educational consultants” such as myself, as a solution.  In order to argue against the protests in the U.S. as compared to the protests in other parts of the world one must look at who and what is being protested in Wisconsin and other US states compared to Egypt and other countries.

 

While watching these protests in Wisconsin one can see signs which are designed to illicit concepts to those not in attendance those driving by etc. and one of the popular signs is “If you can read this thank a teacher.” So that got me looking into literacy rates.  Now the US is blessed with fairly high literacy rates but a recent five-year $14 million study determined that 21-23% of American adults “could not locate information in text.”  So if I am required to thank a teacher for the ability to read, can I blame a teacher for the 23% who can’t read?  Did they fail the person or did the person fail themselves?  I know I knew how to do basic reading before I ever entered formal education.  With wonderful new products such as “teach your baby to read” do we really need teachers in the classical sense.  Perhaps what we should do is give this product to all illiterate people and all newborns as a cost effective replacement to teachers.  So what exactly is a teacher?  Again going back to wikipedia we see a teacher defined as “someone who provides schooling for pupils and students” it also eludes to home-schooling to being an informal method of teaching which many homeschooling parents might take offense to.  So according to this definition a parent isn’t a teacher which as a parent I take much offense with because I teach my son numerous things every day.  So maybe we should re-evaluate what education is.  They also don’t mention Maria Montessori and the montessori approach to teaching which is a very hands off approach that turns teachers into hands off observers who also supports a free-learning experience where children are at liberty to pursue their own interests and from personal exposure to children in this method works exceptionally well.

 

In previous articles located throughout this blog I have mentioned the 50% failure rate of students in High School, this fact comes directly from the schools.  Now while the article cited is talking about specifically AP tests if we all use our memory skills we can think back to recent years when we were discussing how serious the drop in student performance is.  If you talk to most of the public high-school age children around you too might be a little concerned.  Many teachers cite the problem is they are enunciated with massive amounts of red-tape paperwork and high numbers of students compared to available teachers.  Within my own state I can see billboards begging for teachers.  Again one must wonder if more teachers is really the answer at a time when teachers unions pensions as well as other public sector employees pensions are a very high cause for the current fiscal difficulties faced by this and other countries such as Greece.  Who really is at fault and does massive protests by teachers in Wisconsin when their Governor, Scott Walker, is simply asking that the teachers in that state pay for a percentage of their healthcare and stop using aggressive tactics when demanding pay etc.  Now as a pro-union person I’m concerned that there is talk that teachers would be completely stripped of their collective bargaining rights but what about the students?  Do they have collective bargaining rights for better treatment, longer lunches, less homework etc.?  Teachers who are bringing their students to the protests may want to consider some potential ramifications of their actions.

 

I’ve also noticed a lot of Twitter folks claiming Solidarity with Wisconsin unions and comparing the protests in Wisconsin to the protests in Egypt claiming Democracy in action.  One can’t help but point out that America is a Republic, not a Democracy and according to Wikipedia without proper safeguards and legislation separations Democracies can lead to a “Tyranny of the majority”  Shouldn’t those representing teachers be clear of the difference?  Isn’t that something very important that should have been shared with students?  Isn’t the majority of teachers being tyrannical in their treatment of students?  We heard just recently in the news about a teacher being suspended for talking on a blog about how rude ignorant etc some of her students were.  Everyone was appalled.  Or how about the tyrannical behavior of the numerous teachers involved in sexual scandals with their students?  The union protests clearly are not related to people who are revolting from a tyrant government where citizens are starving to death and have no freedom of expression or freedom of religion nor do they have any say in the day to day activities pursued by their government.  People in Egypt are not protesting because they are going to have to renegotiate contracts they are revolting to get the right to speak up at all.  So for our teachers and teacher unions to use similar tactics and compare their current situation seems to undermine the efforts of the people of Egypt and educates their students that any protest is similar. So did they teach them that the tea party protests were of equal significance?

 

We all know the theory about separating church and state and its massive inclusion into schools to the point we can no longer pray in school or reference Jesus in schools.  Shouldn’t we have separation of political affiliation and state?  Is it right that teachers unions and teachers can input personal opinions and political preferences on their students.  This happens everyday in high-schools across America.  individual opinions are disseminated as fact when in reality they are not.  Due to the nature of the teacher student relationship, where students are taught that teachers are all knowing and nothing they say is incorrect, shouldn’t we find a better way of making teachers and educators of all ilk beholden to “just the facts ma’am” (dragnet).  Fact is Wisconsin like many other states and federal governments here and abroad are broke.  The “educated” people who have been put in charge over the last 100 years or so have misappropriated funds, lied, embezzled misspent over-promised and just out right failed the mass of citizens.  The democratic leaders in Wisconsin, supported by unions, fled the state rather than own up to the realities faced by the citizens of that state.  One should pray that budgetary fixes can be found that do not lead to starvation lack of education and other potential disasters, however we have to separate our prayer from the state so maybe God won’t listen to those requests.

 

No matter what in this and the numerous debates to come about what to do and how to fix our challenges I hope that we can all remember our history lessons, utilize our problem solving skills, stick to the facts while forming hypothesis and observe with a mind that is objective and free of personal beliefs.  Just like we are taught in our schools.With all the protesting going on in regards to the collective bargaining rights of of teachers in Wisconsin as well as pretests to educational cuts in Ohio, Illinois and other state and federal budgets around the world do nothing but support my theory of moving toward a self driven educational format, and hiring “educational consultants” such as myself, as a solution. In order to argue against the protests in the U.S. as compared to the protests in other parts of the world one must look at who and what is being protested in Wisconsin and other US states compared to Egypt and other countries.

While watching these protests in Wisconsin one can see signs which are designed to illicit concepts to those not in attendance those driving by etc. and one of the popular signs is “If you can read this thank a teacher.” So that got me looking into literacy rates. Now the US is blessed with fairly high literacy rates but a recent five-year $14 million study determined that 21-23% of American adults “could not locate information in text.” So if I am required to thank a teacher for the ability to read, can I blame a teacher for the 23% who can’t read? Did they fail the person or did the person fail themselves? I know I knew how to do basic reading before I ever entered formal education. With wonderful new products such as “teach your baby to read” do we really need teachers in the classical sense. Perhaps what we should do is give this product to all illiterate people and all newborns as a cost effective replacement to teachers. So what exactly is a teacher? Again going back to wikipedia we see a teacher defined as “someone who provides schooling for pupils and students” it also eludes to home-schooling to being an informal method of teaching which many homeschooling parents might take offense to. So according to this definition a parent isn’t a teacher which as a parent I take much offense with because I teach my son numerous things every day. So maybe we should re-evaluate what education is. They also don’t mention Maria Montessori and the montessori approach to teaching which is a very hands off approach that turns teachers into hands off observers who also supports a free-learning experience where children are at liberty to pursue their own interests and from personal exposure to children in this method works exceptionally well.

In previous articles located throughout this blog I have mentioned the 50% failure rate of students in High School, this fact comes directly from the schools. Now while the article cited is talking about specifically AP tests if we all use our memory skills we can think back to recent years when we were discussing how serious the drop in student performance is. If you talk to most of the public high-school age children around you too might be a little concerned. Many teachers cite the problem is they are enunciated with massive amounts of red-tape paperwork and high numbers of students compared to available teachers. Within my own state I can see billboards begging for teachers. Again one must wonder if more teachers is really the answer at a time when teachers unions pensions as well as other public sector employees pensions are a very high cause for the current fiscal difficulties faced by this and other countries such as Greece. Who really is at fault and does massive protests by teachers in Wisconsin when their Governor, Scott Walker, is simply asking that the teachers in that state pay for a percentage of their healthcare and stop using aggressive tactics when demanding pay etc. Now as a pro-union person I’m concerned that there is talk that teachers would be completely stripped of their collective bargaining rights but what about the students? Do they have collective bargaining rights for better treatment, longer lunches, less homework etc.? Teachers who are bringing their students to the protests may want to consider some potential ramifications of their actions.

I’ve also noticed a lot of Twitter folks claiming Solidarity with Wisconsin unions and comparing the protests in Wisconsin to the protests in Egypt claiming Democracy in action. One can’t help but point out that America is a Republic, not a Democracy and according to Wikipedia without proper safeguards and legislation separations Democracies can lead to a “Tyranny of the majority” Shouldn’t those representing teachers be clear of the difference? Isn’t that something very important that should have been shared with students? Isn’t the majority of teachers being tyrannical in their treatment of students? We heard just recently in the news about a teacher being suspended for talking on a blog about how rude ignorant etc some of her students were. Everyone was appalled. Or how about the tyrannical behavior of the numerous teachers involved in sexual scandals with their students? The union protests clearly are not related to people who are revolting from a tyrant government where citizens are starving to death and have no freedom of expression or freedom of religion nor do they have any say in the day to day activities pursued by their government. People in Egypt are not protesting because they are going to have to renegotiate contracts they are revolting to get the right to speak up at all. So for our teachers and teacher unions to use similar tactics and compare their current situation seems to undermine the efforts of the people of Egypt and educates their students that any protest is similar. So did they teach them that the tea party protests were of equal significance? One can see signs comparing Gov Walker to Hitler and Mussolini what are these teachers teaching students about those historic individuals? Doesn’t this undermine the massively negative impact had on humanity by these individuals? Is that what we want students taking away from their history lesson? That if you disagree with out of control budgets that you might as well slaughter millions of people. What are these teachers unions thinking? Teachers in Wisconsin need t be extremely careful about what exactly they are teaching students and adults in regards to this budget crisis.

We all know the theory about separating church and state and its massive inclusion into schools to the point we can no longer pray in school or reference Jesus in schools. Shouldn’t we have separation of political affiliation and state? Is it right that teachers unions and teachers can input personal opinions and political preferences on their students. This happens everyday in high-schools across America. individual opinions are disseminated as fact when in reality they are not. Due to the nature of the teacher student relationship, where students are taught that teachers are all knowing and nothing they say is incorrect, shouldn’t we find a better way of making teachers and educators of all ilk beholden to “just the facts ma’am” (dragnet). Fact is Wisconsin like many other states and federal governments here and abroad are broke. The “educated” people who have been put in charge over the last 100 years or so have misappropriated funds, lied, embezzled misspent over-promised and just out right failed the mass of citizens. The democratic leaders in Wisconsin, supported by unions, fled the state rather than own up to the realities faced by the citizens of that state. One should pray that budgetary fixes can be found that do not lead to starvation lack of education and other potential disasters, however we have to separate our prayer from the state so maybe God won’t listen to those requests.

No matter what in this and the numerous debates to come about what to do and how to fix our challenges I hope that we can all remember our history lessons, utilize our problem solving skills, stick to the facts while forming hypothesis and observe with a mind that is objective and free of personal beliefs. Just like we are taught in our schools.

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