[QUOTE=copernicus;4491267]Thanks for the response Trades. The sad thing is the NCLB has destroyed children's educations for the past 12 years and the same policies are being followed presently with Common Core. The public is underestimating how NCLB and its policies have railroaded education in a sinister/corporate way. The easy targets on the front lines are the teachers. Much easier to blame them than look a bit deeper into the real issues.....
Easy to blame the teachers union when the only stories that are presented (on a daily basis) is when a teacher is accused of wrong doing. The reality is that most teachers accused are 100% innocent and it is the child who is telling a lie for multitude of reasons. If it werent for the teacher's union those teachers who are falsely accused would lose their jobs especially if they were making more than the minimum teacher salary. The sad truth is that most Americans do not value education and would quicklty look to cut budgets on the backs of children. The teachers union is the ONLY group presently who defends teachers. If it werent for the union [B]ALL teachers would be replaced/fired by unqualified, politically connected ones[/B].[/QUOTE]
At least that is what the union says. I am not afraid of the boogeyman either. No offense, but while there probably would be some towns that would cut teachers to reduce budgets people would also fight back against cuts and look for reduced administration and improved efficiency to improve the quality of the school. If schools didn't have to live in the status quo maybe they would come up with new ways to run a school and teach that are better than the 1970s methods being used today.