This past Friday a letter, written ostensibly to support higher teacher pay, was printed in the opinion section of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. In spite of its stated purpose, however, much of the letter strayed from the point and seemed to place ALL the blame for ALL the failings of public schools squarely upon the shoulders of teachers.
Public school teacher's pay is a legitimate issue, especially when contrasted with frivolous occupations such as entertainers and pro athletes, but that's a social issue for another debate. The real problem with public education is the public.
Parents fail in their responsibility to send respectful, disciplined, motivated, kids to the schools. Administrators have allowed the schools to degenerate into day care centers and self-esteem incubators. The list goes on: Self-centered students without the discipline to behave and pay attention during the education process; disgruntled special-interest groups and parents who hide behind the hired gun lawyers; school boards afraid to remove disruptive students; taxpayers who don't revolt and march on the offices of the superintendents and school boards to demand long overdue improvements.
Only when the public performs its responsibility will the teachers be able to perform theirs.
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.