It’s Time to Get Real About Education

Teaching in DC

Teachers and school leaders are tired of being scapegoats for political ambitions and campaign talking points. We’re tired of photo ops and symbolic gestures.

It’s time we get real about education.

It’s time we recognize that concentrated poverty has adverse effects on student well-being and learning. Education reform leaders and politicians must develop a more comprehensive plan to address certain issues, such as the lack of healthy food choices in poor neighborhoods or business/job opportunities.

It’s time we recognize that the school-to-prison pipeline is really a neighborhood-to-prison pipeline. Education reform leaders and politicians must address government housing policies and policing policies.

It’s time we recognize that school leaders and teachers are not scapegoats but are the very people who sacrifice their own lives to help improve the lives of students, on a daily basis. Education reform leaders and politicians must move beyond repeating the “bad teacher” or “bad school” narrative…

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One response to “It’s Time to Get Real About Education

  1. lastDEconservative

    “Education reform leaders and politicians must develop a more comprehensive plan to address certain issues, such as the lack of healthy food choices in poor neighborhoods or business/job opportunities.”

    What? Are these folks for real? (Of course they are, that was a rhetorical question, a tactic often used by Kwacko). As M. often says better than I, none of this is the job of “education” whether established or under reform.

    I am heartened to see that this lot, whoever they may be, are willing to extend the jurisdiction of “education” from the school buildings to the neighborhoods – I mean really, is it fair to expect Juan or El-amin or even little Marvin to bring their clothes to school to be laundered and pressed? Good grief, how could we have even thought of such a thing!

    And by all means, extend the 3 squares they already get under the school building roof at M’s expense to include groceries in the cabinets and refrigerators at home! Uncle Rufus over there on the sofa these past 22 years can’t eat Cheerios in Timmie’s homeroom, can he? And if he can’t eat, how can he get out and vote a few times for Kwacko, et.al., next time ’round?

    And businesses and jobs! Eureka. (Maybe) This is the panacea we have been waiting for! If jobs and businesses don’t manifest in the ghetto, where armed police dare not venture, let “education” solve it. BRILLIANT! What’s that you say, “how?” Don’t bother me with such trivial matters, just take more money from the folks, pay some eggheads with it — or, wait, in DE it’s easy, just assign the task to RODEL and give them till 2045 to solve it, QED. As long as it’s an intention, it’s enough right? Results not required.

    Cheers, y’all.

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