A RADICAL FIX FOR OUR SCHOOLS (OR GET OUT THE AXE)

Arne Duncan Obama’s new Secretary of Education intends to apply Nationwide the fix he thinks worked in some Chicago schools.  The fix “FIRE ALL HANDS FROM THE PRINCIPAL TO THE COOKS ”  and hire all new employees.  He hired a not for profit company who was training newly turned out teacher in their methods of teaching and 14 of the 23 teachers in that school had never spent a day in the classroom on their own. Only 3 of the old teachers was rehired.   Not much different than outsourcing if you ask me. Never mind their contracts , or other hard won benefits as with the rest of industry and for that matter in all dealings  of a business nature, contracts are meaningless .  Make up the rules as you go , nothing matters except the bottom line, be it business, education, the military.

My first job after high school was swinging a hammer in construction.  My first foreman was a tyrant who gave no breaks,  no leadership and in the end poor performance of the troops on the job.  He was replaced by a foreman who was 180 out.  We started the day with coffee and doughnuts and then we hit it with breaks during the day.  We worked our asses off and got much more work done than before.

Later when it was my turn to lead I applied the lessons learned from my first job and a similiar experience with several of my navy bosses into a satisfying performance of my gangs.  It always is a tough job to reform folks who are used to lax standards of performance, but is damn satisfying for all when they can look back and smile and say damn we did a good job.

Mr. Duncan might think he has stumbled into something that works and he points to a 10 point hike in test scores.  I have seen at least the same performance accomplished by changing just the principal. It is after all leadership that counts.  Having raised three sons who attended a lot of different schools , some good some bad , and now having a son as a teacher, I can tell you  without a doubt it is the Administrative staff that needs flushed not most of the teachers.  Year after year I see money pissed away on new grass for the football fields, money dumped into school district run businesses to make money for the district (which I bet they can’t prove), into frivolous programs that have absolutely nothing to do with education, while the classrooms struggle with out of date software, ancient computers, old books, no continuity of programs between different levels of schools, no tie in with the colleges of the state.  Flush the teachers, I don’t think that’s the answer.  This not for profit company spends a year training new teachers in their style , my question is why not take a time out and provide the teachers you have with training they have not gotten in their career, but have the classroom experience to assist them in better utilizing the training you now will give them.

School districts always claim to not have enough money to upgrade the classrooms , but they always find the money for new grass, new uniforms, new coaches, and anything the sports teams need.  If were really sucking hind tit in world education scores perhaps we should focus on education instead of training ground for professional sports.  I’m sick to death of hearing the teachers and their unions trashed over the poor performance, maybe it’s time to look at their leadership.  When a submarine has a mishap the skipper is always relieved of command, it’s time to apply the same rules to our schools.

HERE’S THE NOW STORY ABOUT CHICAGO SCHOOLS

HERE’S AN ANALYSIS OF PLAN’S EFFECTIVENESS IF THEY TRY TO NATIONALIZE THIS PLAN EVERY TEACHER IN THE COUNTRY  SHOULD WALK OUT ON STRIKE.  THIS WOULD BE THE END OF YOUR UNION AND YOUR BENEFITS.

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One Comment on “A RADICAL FIX FOR OUR SCHOOLS (OR GET OUT THE AXE)”

  1. Junior Says:

    Who besides The Tiger has the courage to say it? Obama is a fraud, from his big flappy ears right down to his well manicured toes. The economy is fucked, he’s done nothing, never mind the latest Bernanke propaganda campaign telling us the worst is over. LIES! And the war? Good fucking god, we’re about to set out to conquer Middle Asia! Obama is a loser, a liar, a hypocrite, a phony, and newspapers won’t let you tell the truth, because believe me, I work at one and they don’t want to hear this shit about their fucking hero Obama. History will remember this despicable bastard as this depression’s Hoover and the greatest presidential disappointment of all time.


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