Education reform – here we go again |

Education reform – here we go again

Two political scholars, President Bush and Sen. Kennedy, have written an educational reform bill. Both attended Ivy League schools because of their last names. Kennedy attended Harvard and left because of behavior and low grades. Bush attended Yale and was the campus playboy. He brags about being a C student and becoming president. Bush does get advice from Dick Cheney, a college drop-out. It is comforting having men of this caliber controlling our education system.

Because of the trashing of teachers by politicians, the media and by poor parenting, teachers may not benefit from the process of supply and demand. They are now taking early retirement and fewer students are going into the profession. The nation now has an acute shortage of qualified teachers, and it will become worse. Besides being extremely stressful and low-paying for people with five to seven years of college, politicians and the public are blaming them for their own deficiencies and putting further pressure on them with parts of the new bill written by our political scholars. Standardized testing and individual attention isn’t a new phenomena and has been used by teachers for years.

Education has gone through the same federal reform for at least 43 years and evidently has had little effect on slower students or we wouldn’t need another reform bill. The major difference between the Secondary and Elementary Education Act, in effect since 1958, is the accountability section. I wonder if the Bell Curve Act theory was used in the private schools Bush and Kennedy attended? Society is structured on the bell curve and no amount of pressure will change it.

If politicians need to be involved in education, critics should be required to teach full time in an inner city school. After a year they would be more qualified to criticize and tell teachers how to do it. They may find there are no easy answers to complex problems.

If politicians want to make reforms there is ample room for reform and accountability in Washington.

Don Cooks

Nevada City

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