@NAUSIKAA: And so you got it a.s.a.p.! The NCLB is a thing of pure genius, set the bar so high that the schools have to fail and funding can be taken away and schools shut down and who works at those schools? Democratic voters, aka LIBERALS! Karl Rove is a god.
@SheryLDS: The tests work the opposite, each year the questions get harder if the previous year's scores were high. This way it's nigh impossible to meet the standards and then....(read my reply above)
He's something; there has been a false culture of mistrust for educators the past several decades by conservative politicians who lothe intellectuals because of their logical thinking (I'm not saying liberals aren't without faults, they got their demons, too). My mother ALWAYS sided with the teacher, even after I tried to lie my BEST to make it like the teachers hated me, I did all I COULD to get my teachers to hate me so I could slack off and tell my mom I'm failing because of "bad teachers" but she never did believe me and guess what? She was right, I was bad, not them. Todays educators are 10x's BETTER than they were back then, the college courses are harder, the training is more in-depth, the expectation is set higher for today's teachers than teachers in the 50's & 60's.
We all have been told to drink the Kool-Aid that today's teachers are stupid & lazy and a bunch socialistic enemies of the state.
We need MORE MONEY spent on PUBLIC EDUCATION not less. I don't know about you but I want the best & brightest young people to become teachers so that we may have the tools needed to compete in the global market so we need to make their salaries reflect that importance.They are NOT GLORIFIED babysitters and if they were at $5/hr per child and 30 children per class at 7.5 hours a day that's ....lemme see,.....that's $1,125/day for that glorified babysitter and 180 days per year that's $202,500/yr minus 30% taxes comes to...
$141,750 net take home a year. The average public school teacher's salaray is about less than half of that.
How about less money on highering companies to make the tests and more into the system itself for better facilities (safer ones), better school lunches, better IT stuff, better salaries to attract BETTER teachers (our brightest and smartest) and the sucky ones never GET hired, they can become politicians! LOL!
Grrrrrrrrr...................steps off of soapbox......................
If you can read everything I said, thank a teacher!
Yeah, yeah, my mom taught me how to read, too. My teacher SOLIDIFIED IT!