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Thoughts on Modern Public Education

You can take this or leave this, but I think that accountability is required on all parties in order to have a successful learning environment. When you went to school 20 years ago, you were accountable for your learning and, if you didn't do what was required of you, you were failed and/or stayed back. That isn't the case anymore. Students are not allowed to fail. If they don't do the work, they get sent on ahead. Meanwhile, many parents don't care that their children are failing their courses...

When you allude to "more authority", I think you're hitting the nail on the head. The school doesn't have any authority anymore over the behavior of the students. We are not allowed to remove them from the learning environment. The only way a student can be removed from school nowadays is by being violent towards other students and/or staff. And even that isn't enough sometimes.

MOST teachers that I know are hard-working and spend a good amount of time outside the classroom prepping for school. As a science teacher in an urban district, I usually end up buying most of my lab supplies, since there's no money in the budget to buy those things. Everyone is focusing on accountability for teachers, but I believe that without additional accountability for parents and students, it's a pointless endeavor.

As for the vulnerability that teachers are feeling, I think it's amplified by our proximity to the recent tragedy. I can't speak for teachers across the country. But with what happened less than 3 miles away from where I live, it really hits home that "it could happen anywhere".

And as for teachers carrying guns, I would love to. But I do worry about all the other teachers out there. If there was a very thorough screening process, it wouldn't bother me. But it does add a lot of variables. (Suppose a student were to overpower a teacher and take their weapon, for instance... There are plenty of emotionally unstable students in kids nowadays.)

As for homeschooling, I think it's important that the parent attempting to homeschool is properly educated themselves. It may be fine for the elementary grades, but there comes a point where a parent's education may not cut it. There's a reason teachers (at least in CT) are required to have a Master's degree. Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.