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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.