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School Systems in America

Posted by Donovan, 30 December 2008 · 464 views

Does anyone else notice how bad the school systems are getting in America? If not you should really open your eyes and check to see what your kids are learning. The home school statistics for 1998 - 2008 are listed at   http://www.education...schooling/32587 it states that the amount of home schooled kids from 1998 - 2008 has increased by an outstanding 23.3 percent. In 2003 they documented over 1.1million kids being home schooled in America! What does this mean for 2009? As our economy slowly disintegrates before our eyes we are watching our school school systems fire teachers for Drugs, Verbal Abuse, physical abuse, and sometimes even having ** with the students! But, the staff isn't the only thing that is corrupt within the school systems, Oh No, we have far bigger problems with the government limiting the schools ability to teach. There are some kids who leave highshool with an 8th grade reading level, sometimes even worse than that! So do you think that it is wise for people to homeschool? You may ask why would you let the parents homeschool there kids if the teachers have degrees, and Ph.D.'s, and all that fancy stuff. Well, for one the teachers do not sit down with each and every student giving them all the help they need in every single little area they are having problems in. If you are homeschooled, your parent can assist you in the comfort of your own home. It is said that only 15 students out of every highschool class room will go to college and 13 of the 15 will have a well paying job and graduate from college with at least a bachelors degree, as too 9 out of every home schooled students go to college and 99.9% those students all graduate from college with a bachelors degree.I hope you all enjoyed this blog please post your opinions about it:)- Original blog: http://donovan.codec...net/?p=11Please visit my blog and post your opinions!

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My spanish teacher told me a statistic that about 40% of kids in the US around the ages of 14 cannot locate there state on a map. The school system is corrupt in my eyes.
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I have no comment. A fantastic blog. But you don't have an idea how different we are. Believe it or not I cried when I read this blog. I hit my head and cried loud "HE IS ** COMPLAINING". I don't know what to say, I really don't know what to say......You cannot believe how I am feeling indeed :S:S:S
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I have an interesting perspective on this... I taught in the public schools (high school math) for a year. There are several factors involved that I've identified.
1) Parents don't get involved. I had a 10th grade student that would get up in the middle of class and walk around. It took me two months to finally reach his mother who said "he's been like that since first grade." I never called her again. What I discovered that I had about 10% of the students (say 3 in a class of 30) who misbehaved. I quickly learned that calling their parents was a waste of time, as the parents would ask things like "what do you want me to do about it?" The parents of students who misbehaved were consistently uninvolved in their childrens' lives anyway.
2) Teachers unions are not focussed on protecting the interests of students, they're focussed on protecting teachers' jobs. Almost every state has a union, and those dues go to the local, state, and national chapters. The NEA is funded by almost every single teacher in the US, to make sure no legislation is enacted that will threaten teachers' jobs. Teachers come first, students come second, when it comes to lobbying efforts.
3) No Child Left Behind only holds High School teachers accountable. Every teacher is judged by how many students pass, but only in High School is there an objective measure beyond the teacher. If a first grader cannot read or add, that child needs to stay in first grade, but NCLB incentivizes the teacher to make it "the next teacher's problem". Failing kids makes a teacher look bad. This resulted in things like me teaching a high school senior who didn't know how to work fractions. He got a nice football scholarship, though.
4) Education degrees are, for the most part, **. I took two years of graduate level education courses. Their difficulty was equivalent to freshman/sophomore level math courses. Teachers will take "continuing ed" courses that are marked as graduate level but marked as c.e. I took one on geometry that was simply a geometry course with a secondary emphasis on teaching techniques. The middle school teachers were reacting as if they'd never seen any of the material. My reaction was that they were unqualified to teach math at any level. Finally, in some states, you don't need a second degree in the subject you'll be teaching to teach at the middle school/high school level. If you haven't had a course in abstract algebra and multi-variable calculus, you have no business teaching any level of algebra.
5) Most school districts identify the best teachers and mark them for promotion to administration. The best teachers become principles, department heads, etc. That's crazy! The best teachers should be allowed to teach! Get the bad teachers away from the students, not the good ones. Despite that, to increase your pay, you have to go to administration.
6) Wasteful spending. Half my county taxes go to the local schools. despite that, they can't write a contract to build a school that holds the BUILDER liable for getting it built in budget. If I write a contract with someone to build a house, and they underbid on the job, that is the builder's problem. I have a contract and he can eat the loss. With a school district, the tax payers get asked for more money. I figure the administrator should donate half his/her income towards finishing the project. The reality is that getting an audit of where the money goes is almost impossible, but we supposedly need to pay more money "for the children". I got a 50% pay raise when I left the schools. The money isn't going to the children. Private schools educate children better for less. The money is going to administration and waste.
7) Finally, the standards are **. You can download the standards for every grade/subject in South Carolina. About half-way through my year, I downloaded mine, and was horrified. First, the state standards mandate things like exposure to calculators in first grade. Second, the objectives for a course read like a novel. An equivalent course in college would have 9-15 bullet points for the same course objectives. When a course is micro-managed to death, it makes it very hard for a teacher to be creative. In particular, I was required to have my precalculus students get a graphing calculator. I then spent the year trying to get them to not use their graphing calculators because they didn't know how to graph yet.

My wife went to a very well-respected college. 90% of the public school students dropped out in the first year. By the second year, it was almost all private-school/home-school graduates. Obviously, the "professional teachers" weren't up to the task. If my wife and I have children, we will home-school.
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In my area people being home schooled isn't because of teachers or education but, rather, drugs and exposure to things adults don't want their children to see. This may not be true for other areas but there is a high drug ratio per student here. This causes several people not to send their students to public school. I've also seen a lot of fanatically religious people refusing to send their students to public schools for speculative reasons.

I also have heard, although never verified, that there is a wealth of information and help for home school teachers. I've been told that one doesn't even need to know the subject to teach it with this assistance.

I've met some home school students and their education varies. This may just be the kid not being smart or it could be the teachers (their parents) but in some cases simple things that should have been known were a complete surprise to the person during later years in their life (18ish). Then again, I've seen students who know more than me, home schooled, and half my age.
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Yes, that is also a factor and another reason why I am homeschooled. 70% of the kids at the end of middle school all the way to the end of highschool are all druggies..
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"70% of the kids at the end of middle school all the way to the end of highschool are all druggies.."

What? Do you pull statistics out of a hat?
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I think that estimate is a bit exaggerated. It also depends on what you consider a druggie. A person that uses it every day or a person that has used it in the last 6 months, last 30 days? You can find statistics here:

http://www.ojp.usdoj.../bjs/dcf/du.htm

Odd that 31.7% stated they have used marijuana in the last 12 months.

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