Thursday, April 23, 2009

Innovate or Die

The result? When the states decide not to pay for education, they get what they want.

So now there are two paths:

States pay for education; states run education; education doesn't work (its the teacher's fault); states hire contractors to run education.

Or...

States pay for education; states run education; education doesn't work (its the teacher's fault); states stop paying for education; states bring in contractors to run education.

Because what we need is more middlemen. Luckily, we know that when education doesn't work, it is the teachers' fault, not the states (who fund education and dictate the rules), the systems (who implement the rules), the principals (who run individual schools) or any of the above who leave government service to become education contractors (who run the charter schools).

Awesome.


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2 comments:

Dante said...

Pat, I'm really sorry that you got a bit shell shocked in your year as a teacher but this is the second or third time you've implied an article blames teachers when it clearly does not. They're not out to get you, buddy. When the crap hits the fan, everyone involved feels like they're being blamed.

I am very interested in what specific "state spending restrictions" the school systems are looking to avoid. The move to charter schools is being hailed as an alternative to teacher layoffs in the Banner Herald article but I don't see how increasing class sizes or time spent in a particular class saves teachers' jobs.

One group of "state spending restrictions" my tinfoil hat nature tells me are very much in play are the ever-increasing restrictions on what must be spent in the classroom versus what can be spent on administration.

Also for what it's worth, the City of Jefferson might be going Charter to avoid getting swallowed up into the Jackson County school system. Jackson County has 3 separate school systems in a rather small county. Thanks to sprawl from Atlanta, 2 of those districts serve about 1/3 of the total county population. There is some serious talk about merging them all into 1 district. The ironic part being that those 2 smaller districts (Jefferson City and Commerce) only exist because for years there was no Jackson County district. Residents outside city limits were divvied between Jefferson and Commerce.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

I always mention it is the "teacher's fault" because so much of our public discourse and policy discussions on education center around that "point".

I became familiar with this while taking education classes at UGA, while living on St Simons the second time, and while living in New Orleans wondering how to make education better.

I'll use the "teacher's fault" line as many times as real policy folks use it, which is to say, plenty of times even when it isn't appropriate.