Now You Know Who is to Blame for the Issues in our Schools

Now You Know Who is to Blame for the Issues in our Schools

Rick McAtee

We hear from sources all around us about the constant problems with our education system.  We hear teachers are the problem, budgets are being cut, students are suffering from a lack of quality education, and scores on State tests are showing poor reading, writing and math skills.  What we need to do is put the blame right where it belongs.  The democrats are responsible for what has happened to our educational system. (This statement is based on the fact that we elect based on popular vote, except for president, and there are significantly more registered democrats.)

Oh, are you now ready to pick up your pen and respond?  Are your computer keys already burning the keyboard?  How sad that I was able to blame teachers, lack of quality education, low scores and only get from you a passive, yeah, isn’t it too bad.  Then I say democrats are to blame and, wow, there is life out there!

Well, put down your pens or stop typing and let us talk.  The truth is, when we hear “the democrats”, those two words are only referring to what I will call the loudmouths.  The loudmouths are the members of the party who are out there pushing their beliefs and agendas.

We know that 70 million registered democrats do not all believe the same thing, vote the same way, or even share interest in the political process.  Yet, we refer to them all as one solid group that all believe the same thing.  In addition, we believe it!  The democrats say, the democrats believe, the democrats control, and it goes on and on.  The truth is, we need to say the loudmouth democrats say, or the loudmouth democrats believe, and then what follows is a correct statement.

Now back to education.  When an election occurs at the local, State or national level, the loudmouths, of both parties, put forth candidates and one of them is elected.  The elected candidates go on to make laws and regulations for our educational system.  We now have more laws and regulations concerning our educational system than any other time in history.

We have many laws and regulations that are enacted to undo parts of previous laws and regulations.  We have more people involved in the creation, implementation, support, distribution, assessment, clarification, accountability, and administration of education than we do actually working with students.  We pay “higher” level people more than the ones working with students.   How did this happen?

Elected officials, even when they know little about how a child learns, have a green light to pass laws and regulations that promote the loudmouths’ agendas or political careers.

Who is at fault?  The answer is obvious.  Look in the mirror!  Is the face you see a loudmouth who speaks up and puts forth an agenda or someone who is complacent, just sighs, and complains about what is going on around them?  If you are the latter, you are the one to blame.  If this makes you uncomfortable, it should!  We do not abdicate our responsibility as parents and concerned citizens because we elect someone we hope will represent us.

The loudmouth is out there doing what they believe is right to get what they want.  That is how it should be.  Some of the tactics used to get what they want come into question for some, but I do not believe the majority.  They are presenting their case and educated people can then determine what to take from that and what to throw away.

If you truly believe that there is a problem in education, speak up and become a loudmouth or stop complaining because you have nothing to offer since you won’t use your “voice” to help correct a problem.

We have all used the statement, “I can’t read your mind.”  Well, the loudmouth democrats or loudmouth republicans cannot read your mind.  They can only operate with the information they have and voices of the people willing to speak up.

Solution:

  1. Become a loudmouth so a discussion can take place to help our children.  A variety of options will produce the best possible solution.  Did you ever come up with a solution that sounded perfect until someone pointed out something you had not considered that would make your solution add to the problem?  Without that discussion, any laws and regulations based on the solution would be flawed and cause more problems.  Sound familiar?
  2. Admit when you vote or choose not to vote, you are the one who is directly responsible for educational rules and laws that will affect our students.  Supporting a candidate selected by the loudmouth democrats or loudmouth republicans should not be a given, not unless you choose to be complacent.
  3. The next time you hear someone say “the democrats” or “the republicans”, stop them and say you mean “the loudmouth democrats” or “the loudmouth republicans” because the majority of democrats and republicans are complacent and say nothing.  However, they certainly can complain.

 

 

 

Rick McAtee

Rick developed Cracking the Code and Writing Steps to Success, intervention programs for older students. He is the author of several children’s books.Rick’s work has been featured on an ABC special, “Reading: Your ABCs to Success”, the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and numerous newspaper articles. Rick taught for sixteen years and has an M.S. in reading. He works as a reading consultant and staff developer throughout the United States and Canada focusing on implementing programs for at-risk students. He serves on the board of the Marana Foundation for Educational Excellence.

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What Happened to Out Education System

What Happened to Our Education System?

by Rick McAtee

What happened to our education system?
Why are our schools doing so poorly?
Why are political agendas taking monies away from students?
Why are our students so far behind other developed countries?

I could keep going with the questions but then I would be doing what the majority think is the best to do – ask the questions, appear informed, and continue on like it will fix itself.  That will not happen.

The amazing thing about the questions we are asking over and over is that we know the answers.  However, we do not want to verbalize them because that would mean taking responsibility for changing the direction and we would not be “politically correct.”  “Politically correct” means what needs to be said isn’t, because to do so would mean you do not care about children, poor people, those with special needs, etc.

The whole concept of “politically correct” was conceived by passive-aggressive people who wanted their way and needed to shut down any discussion that might result in a different outcome.  I do care about children, poor people, and those with special needs.  I definitely have a different opinion and belief of what should be happening in our schools.  Understand that I will be offending those who are “politically correct.”  Changes need to occur and a conversation needs to start where everyone can express their beliefs and opinions without concern about what is “acceptable” in the PC environment that is largely responsible for the current mess.

What happened to our education system?  We lost sight of the purpose of public education.  We somehow allowed the education system to be a catch-all for any social issues that occurred in our society.  We simply added classes to the day to make sure our students had the best social education possible even if it meant removing basic classes.  We wanted the students to feel good. The problem with that approach is an educated person makes decisions based on knowledge and understanding.  Instead of teaching students how to think, assess, speak, discuss, write and communicate, we put classes in to tell them how to think about social issues they needed to support.  Yes, tell them how to think!   We did not allow them to learn how to take information, apply their family values and beliefs, search for different ideas and opinions and then reach an educated conclusion.

The reason we did not let students develop critical analytical skills was they might come to a different conclusion than we “needed” them to reach.  How terrible – students expressing different beliefs and opinions.  A major threat to those who for so long have had their way.

Take a look at what is taught in a regular school day.  I love the physical education choices our students can make.  Look them up and see if you feel that is a good use of tax dollars and student time – Frisbee Golf, one of my favorites!  The purpose of PE was to make sure the students have physical stimulation and were active for 30 minutes a day.  Some felt that it was not fair to the students who were not good at sports to have to be put through the PE class and it was cruel to make them feel so inadequate or be chosen last.  Who could argue with that?   If you care about children everyone should agree to change PE.

This is a perfect example of what happened to our education system.  Instead of looking at the statement and what was actually happening, changes were made to PE to take up the cause of the poor children who were suffering.  Now we will look at what really happened.  PE was designed to get students moving – running, push-ups, sit-ups, stretches, pull-ups, etc.  We even had the requirement of doing the Presidential Fitness Test.

Students did what they could, pushed themselves to get better and realized where they were weaker than others.  PE also taught team sports.  Students were introduced to a variety of team sports, yes dodge ball was one of them, and learned what sports they were good at and what sports they had absolutely no interest in playing.

Do we have any students that do not need to build muscles, get their heart rate up, and learn routines for a healthier stronger body?  Take a look at what some students elect to take for PE and explain how this meets the actual goal of providing a fitness experience.  The research clearly states movement and exercise that increase the heart rate and get the blood pumping have a direct impact on students and their ability to learn.  Sitting in classrooms for 6 hours a day without movement or exercise has shown a decrease in one’s ability to learn.  With that knowledge, we allowed the schools to add classes and cut PE to twice a week or in some cases, one semester a year.

Solution:  Remove the electives and bring back PE, the arts, English, Math, Science, Reading and let the students attend electives after school. If students opt to play a sport, take ethnic studies, or join a club, it should be on their own time after school.  Oh, here comes the outcry: poor students cannot take advantage of these because it would cost money.   Well it cost money during the school day too!  Plus, it is costing valuable learning time to be lost.

We have churches, organizations, parks, and playgrounds along with a host of other community organizations that are there to help and provide for “free” these activities.  We need to let them offer the activities and let the parents choose which ones their students will attend based on their family values and beliefs.  Oh but here it comes again:  some parents may not give their child what “society” feels they should give them.

I am amazed at the people who feel the schools should get involved in teaching morals and social issues because they do not like what some families are teaching their children.  How pompous of them to think their beliefs and ways are better than the beliefs and values of others.  Remember, education was meant to teach students how to look at information, evaluate the source, and make an informed decision based on family values, teachings and beliefs.

Education was never meant to be a platform to get children to go against family values and teachings or to have access to medical options without parental consent.

Can you state what went wrong with our education system or are you just going to continue to ask questions and pretend you do not know the answer?

Need some more talking points?

Imagine a multimillion-dollar business being run by elected officials who do not have the skills, background, or experience and are elected by popular vote, usually based on a cause.

Imagine lawmakers making laws, rules and regulations to govern the multimillion-dollar businesses in the country.  Never mind where they are located, who they serve, what are their needs, they all must follow and abide by the same rules.  These lawmakers are also not experts in the field, have little knowledge about the business and are elected by popular vote – usually on the PC platform of saving the children.

Are you ready to talk? You have no idea how many hope you will not, so they can continue to have it their way!

Rick McAtee

 

 

 

 

Rick McAtee

Rick McAtee

Rick developed Cracking the Code and Writing Steps to Success, intervention programs for older students. He is the author of several children’s books.Rick’s work has been featured on an ABC special, “Reading: Your ABCs to Success”, the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and numerous newspaper articles. Rick taught for sixteen years and has an M.S. in reading. He works as a reading consultant and staff developer throughout the United States and Canada focusing on implementing programs for at-risk students. He serves on the board of the Marana Foundation for Educational Excellence.

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