‘I’m a teacher and I work very hard’

The technology now exists — it’s even in place — to determine, based on standardized tests, whether a given group of government-school inmates has advanced by approximately one grade level in academic accomplishment while under the tutelage of one, specific unionized schoolmarm.

But since Legislatures like Nevada’s are owned and operated by the teachers unions, some states — including Nevada — have specifically outlawed the use of this data to assess whether a government-school teacher is doing his or her job, let alone using that information when it comes time to grant raises or — horrors — dump a loser.

Nonetheless, the braying chorus of the schoolmarms senses the danger and continues to bleat out its tired litany of excuses.

One such ran in the Review-Journal’s letters page on Nov. 11:

"In response to recent letters discussing the notion of holding teachers accountable:

"Teachers should be held accountable if their students are below average, don’t study and score poorly on a test.

"Also, dentists should be held accountable if their patients don’t brush their teeth and get tooth decay or gum disease.

"Doctors should be held accountable if their patients don’t exercise, eat unhealthy foods and get diabetes or have a heart attack …" (etc. etc. etc.)

"I’m a teacher and I work very hard, but I can’t go home with every one of my students and make sure they study and get a good night’s sleep. …"

You know what, honey? Teachers from 1620 through 1950 didn’t go home with their kids to tuck them in, either. Yet Americans with eighth grade educations through all those centuries could read, write, spell, and do basic arithmetic well enough to run circles around your pathetic charges — and this was all accomplished for less than one-tenth today’s expenditure per student — even if today’s pathetic inmates sit through a full 12 years of your progressively more worthless tutelage.

If the problem is a new social environment that considers single moms raising fatherless kids on the government dole to be just fine … why do the schools quite consciously and deliberately promote such a set-up as "normal"?

But since you want to compare teachers and dentists, OK:

If I go to a dentist who does bad work on my teeth, and then when I complain, starts whining that it’s all the patient’s fault, "It’s not MY fault you didn’t brush your teeth properly in the years before you started seeing me," etc., am I obliged to keep seeing that dentist? Of course not. I go find a better dentist, who will take responsibility for whatever improvements he tells me he can accomplish at a set cost, advising my friends to avoid this incompetent, as well.

The way the free market works is, as more and more of his or her patients thus depart, this dentist will no longer be able to make a living in this town … assuming he or she is lucky enough not to get hauled into court on a malpractice claim.

Now, similarly, if a teacher spends a full year with a group of young charges, and at the end of the year the bulk of them haven’t mastered the basic material necessary to advance them to the next grade (assuming any such "promotion" standards still prevail, a highly doubtful proposition), can I stop paying the taxes that support that worthless teacher’s endeavors next year?

Why … no! I’m forced under penalty of law to keep funding this incompetent, essentially forever. And as for malpractice — the government schools hold themselves immune from any such claims, even if it turns out they’ve been giving "passing" grades to a functional illiterate for six or eight years!

The founders of the mandatory government youth propaganda camps (John Dewey, Horace Mann, et al.) contended that children should be torn out of their homes at bayonet point (yes, bayonet point, on Cape Cod in the 1860s) and forced into the care of the government educrats, because they could educate kids better than their own parents. And now they whine, "What do you expect, when you give us such crummy raw material? By the way, where’s my step raise, my seniority raise, my extra raise for taking a night course on how to promote multiculturalism, and my automatic ‘merit’ raise?"

The recurring thesis and belief underlying this barrage of "Don’t hold me responsibles" is that adults should be judged not on whether they actually accomplish the goals promised and paid for, but on whether they’ve "tried really hard" and "put in their time" — presumably with extra credit for decorating the bulletin board in a manner appropriate to the season.

Anyone who believes that, is the LAST person who should be instructing a child. Is it any wonder we’re now raising a nation that believes it should be on the dole for all its "needs," contending "health care is a right," etc. ad infinitum?

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