a) Teachers Unions control everything, especially the money
b) Teachers are kept & paid based on the length of time teaching, not on quality of teaching
c) There is no motivation to be a good teacher; bad teachers are paid exactly the same as good teachers
d) Students are taught to take standardized tests, not general knowledge.
e) Concepts such as 'diversity' and 'racial appreciation' are prioritized above anything else
e) Public schools are run by the government. Enough said.
To illustrate this point, one of my close friends knows a teacher who was planning on taking his class of 12th graders (high school seniors) to see Frost/Nixon in the theaters. She decided to prepare the students by asking a few questions on what the knew (ie, were taught) about the seventies. Here are their amusing, yet sadly disturbing answers.
FASHION OF THE SEVENTIES
TECHNOLOGY/INVENTIONS OF THE SEVENTIES
"Juice boxes" (they meant jukeboxes)
"Oversize Cell Phones"
POPULAR T.V. SHOWS OF THE SEVENTIES
"I love Lucy"
"That 70's Show"
PRESIDENTS IN THE SEVENTIES
"Bush, the old one"
....mind you, only 4 students out of 80 named a correct 70's president. Most just wrote, "IDK" (I don't know) One 12th grader asked, "Washington... was he in the late 1800's?"
PRO-ATHLETES OF THE SEVENTIES
POPULAR MOVIES RELEASED IN THE SEVENTIES
"Breakfast at Tiffany's"
A 12th grader asked
POLITICS DURING THE SEVENTIES
"World War II"
Another girl asked, "Was slavery over by the seventies?"
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