By John R. Alston Trotter, EdD, JD
I think that this picture pretty much sums up what the problem is today in our public schools. The policy-makers, educrats, and superintendents are either abjectly ignorant of this fact…or dishonest to the core. Anyone who has a lick of sense knows that you can drag a mule to the water trough, but if the mule refuses to drink, you can’t make him drink. By the same token, a lawyer can do an excellent job defending a client, but if the client is guilty as sin, then an F. Lee Bailey might not be able to secure an acquittal for the client. The lawyer defends the client, not acquits the client. The medical doctor treats a patient, not heals the patient. A dentist treats a patient, but if the patient refuses to brush his or her teeth when he or she leaves the dental chair, you can’t justifiably blame the dentist when the patient has rotten teeth.
Blaming teachers for the rotten performance of some students is asinine. It is unconscionable. It is stupid. Some students (and in many situations, most students) bring absolutely no motivation to learn to school each day. But, the policy-makers, educrats, and superintendents (and especially the politicians!) never want to put the blame squarely where the blame belongs, viz., in the lap of the parents and their miscreant children. Good grief, folks. Wake up and smell the coffee. The USA is about the only country in the world where the teachers are blamed when the students don’t perform.
We need to go back to the Ancient Landmarks and hold the students responsible for their lack of action, their lack of study, their lack of deportment, and their lack of performance. After all, you can only teach a student; you can’t learn the student. But, public education has become a big trillion dollar industry, and test publishers, publishing houses for test preparation materials, legal-pimping school board attorneys, and gypsy superintendents (or, as I call them, “educational sluts”) are all making too much money with their heads down in the public educational trough and their stankin’ asses stuck straight up in the air!
Now you know how I feel about the matter. I write so as to not be misunderstood. © JRAT, June 25, 2012.