The good news is that education is on the front burner. People are chiming in. This opinion has a lot going for it. A lot.
I remember Al Shanker discussing in his NY Times column, Where we stand, a related issue… “Imagine saying we should shut down a hospital and fire its staff because not all of its patients became healthy.” He concluded by saying that students won’t learn if they don’t work harder. And they are unlikely to work harder if they hear that all of their teachers will be fired if they don’t. How does that make sense? It does not–not in the real world of hard work and working at learning.
Bill Maher is onto something. Unfortunately, our laws expect parents to sit back and watch the school educate their children. The laws tell parents to make demands and complain, but not to ‘parent,’ doing the hard work of helping their children be better students. There is work to be done. We need to have parents do it. Maybe Bill’s will be a wakeup call!