Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The public schools are rotten but it ain’t the apples on the teachers desk!!!

Where did all of this foolish talk of firing bad teachers because of poor student performance come from? The Public School System has been horrible for awhile now (if you listen to the mainstream media). All I hear about locally is parents complaining about busing and schools. On the flip side, I hear politicians complaining about teachers. It’s the never ending circle of dog chase tail. This is the part where John and Jane Q. Public Citizen shakes their heads and wonders how did things get this bad? I don’t know the when but the how is not hard to figure out. Yes there are bad teachers and yes some public schools are underfunded. But why are we not talking about the KIDS!!!!

Yes, the kids!!! Politicians (i.e. Mayors, Congressmen, State and U.S. Senators and School Board Members) dance around this subject every time education is brought up. I guess they are afraid of their poll numbers dropping. Because as we all know, a politician loves their polls like a stripper. If someone hasn’t told you by now, these kids in school are bad as shiggidy!!! They are like future criminals, and prostitutes in training. But don’t take my word for it – ask your local teachers. I talk to people that teach in public schools and they have frightening stories that would scare Stephen King. I know a teacher that had her car vandalized by a student. Another student actually told the same teacher to suck his D*#$! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – things done changed!!!

Who do we have to blame for this: These raggedy “A” parents that are giving birth to these miscreants. Some people shouldn’t be allowed to be parents. It just shouldn’t be an option for some people. They should have to go ask permission from some governing source. I know some people will think that’s Republican like but dammit it’s true. These are the same parents that can’t won’t come to parent-teacher conferences. And God forbid if they do come, they are hostile and ready to fight. You can spot their children in the classroom because they’re the ones that can’t read. If a teacher wonders why their 4th grade student dresses like a hooker, they can get all of their answers when the student’s parent finally comes in. I’ve heard stories of parents dressing like they worked at a strip club. I’m not hating on strippers but they could at least dress up a bit. How hard is it to get a pair of slacks and a blouse from Belks? People are just giving birth and hoping that things work out. Parents aren’t reading to their kids and they damn sure aren’t providing structure. These students have too many distractions at home. Students are coming to school wondering why daddy is missing in action or why do different men visit mommy at night. Throw in the lack of parenting and you have the perfect storm.

So until we address the real issues, we will always be talking around this subject. You can fire the teachers all you want to get rid of the bad teachers. You can even implement pay for performance and unfortunately you will get rid of some of the good teachers. But with all this firing going on, who is going to fire the parents?


uglyblackjohn said...

Just tell these kids that only white kids (or Asian kids) can go to public school for free - everyone else would have to pay.

Some would start their own schools, some would just drop out and others would protest for their right to a free education.
Many people expect too much from the government and still don't see the value of what they're given

Citizen Ojo said...

uglyblackjohn - That is some radical stuff right there. The Civil Rights folks would have a field day with that.

msladyDeborah said...

I believe that it is a combination of many factors. I work in the field of Early Childhood Education. There are people who have created children who need parents. Because the set that they have are not prepared to raise anything living.

I find it difficult some days to even talk to certain families because they are in deep denial about their child's behavior. Or my personal favorite-I don't have time to do anything to help my child learn-isn't that your job? But when I listen to the parent give me the reason why they cannot support their child learning it is usually due to a too full of nothing social schedule.

I also firmly believe that if we don't start really handling the social issues like teen pregnancy and unprepared parents the gap and problems will only grow larger.

People get pissed when anyone says that the parents are ultimately the ones who are responsible. I will not excuse the system from its part-but in reality it is really is their job to give some home training and support to their children.

Tiffany said...

You already know how I feel about this subject. These kida are crazy because their parents are crazy. The show their children horrible examples and the kids then take them as lessons and use them intheir daily life. The see mom yelling at someone, so they think they can do it too. They see dad or mom confronting someone so they think they can do the same. Not to mention kids are being taught to ignore adults and have no respect. Children should be taught to respect but so many parents are telling their kids that they don't have to. There should be a license to become a parent.


Citizen Ojo said...

msladydeborah - you are in the field so I will refer to you. Based on what you have said and what other teachers I know have said. These kids need more than an education. They need therapy and home training.

Redbonegirl97 - I hear you sista...I see this is a serious subject for you. But you have kids so it should be. That makes you a good mom.