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3/22/06

Redefining ‘Proficiency’ - The Death of our Education System

Things That Just Piss Me Off would like to welcome guest blogger, Chuck Crawford.

Redefining ‘Proficiency’ - The Death of our Education System
By Chuck Crawford

I was watching the local San Diego news stations this morning and one of their leading stories was the fact that the kids in the area’s school district can’t pass the proficiency tests.

Now this should really come as no surprise, we’ve all known for a long time that teachers in California don’t really teach, they collect paychecks. What never ceases to amaze me is how they want to solve this problem.

In the real world, the one where you have to actually produce if you want to keep your job, if you don’t do a good job you get fired. Period. If you can’t do your job your boss will bring in someone that can. He or she will not simply lower the standard of production. You’ll just be fired for being incompetent.

But that’s exactly what the school administrators and area legislators want to do. Rather than actually try to ‘teach’ the children and get them educated enough to pass the tests, their solution was that the word ‘proficient’ be redefined. “The district’s are simply losing too much money over this” one administrator said. If you are a parent you should be pissed off at this. What they are saying is that they don’t want to teach the kids to get the cash, they want to lower the standards so that they can continue to get the funding.

It’s your money that these leaches are spending. They will continue to do so as long as no one challenges them.

Get pissed off. If anything is worth getting angry about, it’s your children’s education. If they can’t do the job, they don’t deserve the money. They don’t deserve to HAVE the damn job.

What we need is teacher and administrator accountability. We need teachers that want to teach. We need a system that REQUIRES them to teach. If they can’t do the job, then they get FIRED!

Yes, I’m pissed off. And you should be too.

People wonder why I left the U.S. There are many reasons, this kind of bureaucracy is just one.

Chuck Crawford

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