The divide and conquer mentality, the cuts in funds, the starving out, have shaken the public schools ability to function. The top staff is looking - and leaving. Testing, and the push to hit standardized benchmarks are more important than teaching lifetime learning skills. For survival sake, teachers are discussing and helping kids on how to take a test: best test practices are included before testing: also akin to how to "game" a test if you don't know the answers. Teachers are graded on the results of these standardized tests. Schools, and the subsequent takeover of targeted schools are on the line. The testing is no longer a function of student growth, it is there to measure the teacher, the institution. Not that it is wrong to have accountability, but it shouldn't come at the cost of selling off our public schools. When parents of top students and the top performing teachers are worried, something is very wrong.
Teacher certification is at question right now. Lowering qualifications to teach is proposed, and is soon likely to pass into law. Allowing those to teach, without training and certification, without college degrees, at secret pay scales will definitely drop the professional level to which we are currently accustomed. Those who are in the trenches with our children are worried, very worried about what this will do. They know the outcome. We are dumbing down our K-12 schools.
Now that these measures are in place at the local level, the same is occurring at at the state level. This is a very interesting read on some of what is occurring at our top Wisconsin school, and at our other UW schools. It is much the same situation that is happening at our city level across the state.
If all this is to save the taxpayers from some of governments uber intrusion on the current employed and taxpayer, then why are we more in debt than we were prior to this divide and conquer assault on public workers and education? And why have our taxes remained pretty much the same? Wouldn't an educated person ask, "where is our taxpayer money going?" Have you heard that the current freeway repairs might need to be stopped, or the timeline extended due to lack of funding? Why are the taxpayers funding a huge portion of a for-profit business by constructing a new arena in Milwaukee... without blinking an eye?
This isn't just crapping on the current workers, despite the fact that that seems to be a popular notion, and an easy-sell by the current proponents. This is starting a ripple that will become a tidal wave in the future. The kool-aid out there is scary-dangerous. Think twice and consider the consequences before drinking it.