The opposition has been squelched. The debate was short, and now it’s over. It’s the law. The bureaucrats are busy drafting regulations (which will be declared emergent). The insignificant exit soon will begin, and all those failing schools will be forgotten.
The maligned teachers in the public schools will continue to perform admirably with the insurmountable tasks of teaching students who have no desire to learn, of listening patiently to and encouraging parents who are not concerned, and completing forms that are complex, foolish and without reason. Eighty percent of students who are motivated and encouraged by caring parents, but who are hampered by disruptive classmates and less-than-competent administrators, will continue to perform satisfactorily (most above average).
Change has not been effected. Change will not be effected until the real educational problems are addressed. Ineffective administrators at the state and local levels (some of whom failed as teachers), school boards packed with retired principals, bad parents (yes, bad parents), disruptive students, and complicated and unnecessary administrative tasks that plague and hamper teachers. These factors have turned our good schools into failing schools.
Until millions of parents, grandparents and other concerned citizens, buttressed by thousands of our well-trained and exasperated teachers, and joined by a galaxy of our young women and men who are being denied the educational excellence they deserve, rise up and demand real change, we will just go on, and on, and on, and on. ...
Gary M. Varnado