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From: Kristen Kroll: (e-mail her)
Re: Steve Sailer`s Blog: Obama Administration Promises To Make Education Even More Dysfunctional
Another reason the teaching profession is a mess is because many of the new ideas foisted upon it come from bureaucrats who have never been in a classroom!
Sacramento education officials are researchers and statistical analysts—like the kind whose work is referenced in Sailer`s article—who have no idea what it`s like to get 20-30 young students to stay on task.
Or, if these soothsayers have been in a classroom, they certainly haven`t taught in one in, for example, immigrant-dominated school districts like East Los Angeles or Fresno where so-called traditional teaching techniques simply do not work. Our job was easier before California`s immigration invasion.
Finally, the most crucial reason why teaching is a mess is because parents are not held accountable. There needs to a be a public information campaign that tells certain parents that they—not teachers or schools—are their children`s primary teachers and that learning does not begin and end in the classroom.
Parents and children could do each other a favor by speaking in complete sentences in English!
Teaching is challenging enough without a constant influx of poor, undereducated, and often unemployed, non-English speaking parents adding to our work load.
Kroll`s most recent letter explaining why teachers of immigrant students deserve a high salary is here. Other Kroll letters about Barack Obama`s sexism, on high school students and long division and offering a true-life racism quiz to VDARE.COM readers are here, here and here.