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Posted March 8, 2007
Out of touch with reality
Boortz's views on education are absolutely deplorable. He takes the 1 in a 100 example to try to prove his case. If he taught in a public school he would be fired or quit before period 2. I have served in both public and independent schools for over forty years. From this experience I have learned that the only reason that an independent school, on average, delivers a little better product is they have a better product to begin with. The top students from public schools would do just as well as those from the independent in any evaluation. The independent schools educate only those they want, the public schools have to try to educate everyone who gets off the bus. I would go further and state that when comparing teachers from both types of schools that the teachers from the public schools would do a much better job teaching in the indepdent schools than those from the independent who tried to exist in the public schools. Boortz should look at some of the research that has been done in states that have given bonuses to those who left business and industry to teach. Most couldn't handle it, not that they didn't know their 'stuff', but because they couldn't handle the kids. He is correct when he states that the government is the problem with education only he doesn't understand why. To be truthful it's really simple. Those in government making decisions pertaining to education know very little to nothing about education. This whole NCLB and high stakes testing 'thing' is only a myth and a waste of billions of dollars in this country. Our public school systems do a much better job than they are given credit for and would do an even better job without government interference. When he talks about merit pay he has again no idea of what he speaks. Let teachers pick the students to teach and see who gets the merit pay. There is no way that a comparison between America's kids and those from other countries can be made. Other countries don't try to educate all students K-12 the way we do. Who is this guy to talk about curriculum? I am neither a democrat or republican but I believe I lean toward conservatism. This guy makes me want to be as far away from him as possible and not admit to concervatism.
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