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Top 10 politically incorrect reasons our schools are failing

Failing SchoolsOur schools are failing and funding is not the only reason. There are some obvious reasons like too much read tape and bloated administrations but here are the ten most controversial and politically incorrect reasons America’s schools are failing our kids.

Parents
Bad Parenting It may take a "village" to raise your kid, but the village doesn’t make them turn off the TV and do their homework at night. The statistics are undeniable, for example Asian kids to dramatically better in the very same schools that other children fail in. So you either believe that it’s genetics or that environmental factors are at the root of it.

Non-PC Solution: Require breeding licenses, and enforce punishments are parents who’s children fail.

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Unions
Bad Parenting

Teachers are forced to join these unions that are against merit based incentives. Unproductive lazy teachers should be fired just like in any other job. Unions protect the poor teachers and hold back the good ones. Once tenured as few as 1 in 2,300 teachers are fired.

Non-PC Solution: Schools around the country are closed union shops that force teachers to join, this is America not Soviet Russia – make it optional and their numbers and influence will drop.

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Illegal Immigrants
Bad Parenting

The total K-12 school expenditure for illegal immigrants costs the states $7.4 billion annually—enough to buy a computer for every junior high student nationwide. Nearly two-thirds of illegal aliens lack a high school degree, and their kids are far less likely to succeed than the children of educated immigrants. Forty years ago, the U.S. high school graduation rate was the highest – 80 percent – of all member nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. But, the group says, the U.S. today has lost its lead, mostly due to immigration. U.S. graduation rates now hover around 70 percent, lower than rates in 16 other countries.

Non-PC Solution: Only kick out the stupid and lazy ones, this country needs hard working smart kids. Have them take a mandatory written test, those failing that are tested out on the workplace, those failing that are bussed to Mexico on a sad yellow school bus. Class sizes would shrink dramatically and test scores would improve dramatically.

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The Handicapped
Bad Parenting Sure it sounds mean to pick on the handicapped but they are simply tying up too much in the way of resources. School districts have been forced to close trying to cater to children no matter what the cost. One handicapped child can require more resources than an entire classroom of non-handicap-able ones. The percentage of the budget being devoted to this small minority of students is growing exponentially with often one teacher with a masters (at higher pay) with a teaching assistant per two students.

Non-PC Solution: The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Leave the one’s who can’t catch up in front of the TV watching Barney – they want to be like regular kids and that’s what they do.

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Discipline Problems
Bad Parenting

Teachers literally have to spend more of their time baby-sitting students than teaching them in most classrooms. The problem is growing worse every year, and teachers are able to less and less about it. Teachers can send a child to the office for punching, groping or threatening another student only to have them come back fifteen minutes later. Chronic discipline problem students create disruptions and distract from teaching the children who want to learn.

Non-PC Solution: Have a school judge (preferably a cranky old retired person working as a volunteer) handing out punishments like bathroom cleaning and other menial jobs and detention. Bring back corporal punishment, children need to fear something and besides the worst of them need to start getting used to the judicial system so the earlier the better.

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Affirmative Action
Bad Parenting Schools around the country are hiring teachers with below average qualifications because of race and all people should be hired or fired based on their quality and not their skin color. To hire below average teachers to fill a quota only creates more below average students down the line. These inferior teachers, school board members and administrators cheat literally thousands of children of a quality education over the courses of their careers.

Non-PC Solution:
Either blindfold everyone involved in the hiring process or give financial incentives for interracial marriages (if we all are semi-asian, semi-black, semi-white, semi-hispanic and kinda everything there will pretty much be just one race.

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Fashion
Bad Parenting Kids are wasting billions of their parents money in trendy clothes and it distracts and separates them. In 1998 a study done by The National Association of Elementary School Principals and Land’s End discovered that schools with an active uniform policy had almost a twenty percent better discipline rate than that of a non-active uniform policy. Studies also showed that student achievement was increased by ten percent. (NAESP, 1998) Because of the learning atmosphere created by uniforms, students are more likely to concentrate on their schoolwork and strive for great grades.

Non-PC Solution: National uniform standards as a requirement to receive federal aid for schools. Under-performing discipline problems could be forced to wear prison uniforms as punishment while we’re at it.

7
Politically Correct Distractions
Bad Parenting You can’t teach history through a Disney styled politically correct prism without compromising their education. Children are spending so much time feeling good about themselves and focusing on inconsequential figures that satisfy a quota that they aren’t learning the things they need to succeed. Schools are increasingly becoming so slanted politically from the left and the right that they fail to focus on the basics. Consequential History, Geography and Civics are all all replaced with intellectual mush. When the young people were asked to find 10 of our 50 states, only California and Texas could be located by a large majority of those surveyed. Only half the students could find New York. Only 3 out of 4 of the young Americans could locate the Pacific Ocean on a map.

Non-PC Solution: Take politics out of the classroom and replace it with geography and double the math.

8
Mainstreaming
Bad Parenting The strategy of "mainstreaming" is to put children who can’t keep up with grade level work in the class with functioning students. Across the country teachers are spending a huge percentage of their time slowing down their curriculum to try to keep these slower students up with the rest of the class. In Europe there is a college bound tract and a trade school tract where children who aren’t college material are taught valuable trade skills.

Non-PC Solution: Before junior high school it’s pretty obvious which kids have at least the potential for college. Take those that don’t and separate them from the herd and put them somewhere where thy won’t drag down the rest of the class. We idolize Europe so use the european trade school tract for kids destined to be blue color workers.

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Gimmicks
Bad Parenting Kids need to focus on the basics, math skills have deteriorated to the point where universities have seen their engineering graduate programs dominated by foreign students. Children need to spend more time on math and grammar than distraction from the basics. An average Chinese student at eighth grade is far beyond most American college students. It simply requires more time and energy focused on basic skills and not on self-esteem workshops.

Non-PC Solution: Add an extra hour of math and one more for English to the end of each school day. Parents are working until five so teachers and kids should be putting in a full day too. It would save millions in child care and our kids will have better grades and less time to get into trouble.

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Posted By: Jerome Aronson

News Category: Political, Retarded

 

33 Responses to “Top 10 politically incorrect reasons our schools are failing”

  1. “Parents are working until five so teachers and kids should be putting in a full day too”

    Umm…you are obviously not a teacher if you think we do not put in a full day’s work. I get to work at 6:30 AM, and I rarely leave before 3:30, which is a 9 hour day. Add to that time for paper grading (how about an hour a day?), and the fact that I usually go in on weekends (3 or four hours), and you will see that I work more then most office jobs. On top of that, i have days in my contract like this coming Tuesday, where I will be at school at 6:30, teach until 11:40, attend meetings untill 2:00, and hold parent conferences until 7:30pm.

    Nyteflame on 26 Oct 2008 at 9:37 pm
  2. i think you ought to thank this broken educational system for the fact that you have made it far enough in life to be able to afford a computer to write this waste of an article with. You might have the most hardest understandable grammer in time.

    matt on 27 Oct 2008 at 1:28 pm
  3. The majority of those that work within the educational system should be shot for treason and crimes against humanity.

    Dr. Julie Bauers on 27 Oct 2008 at 1:42 pm
  4. Based on your ability to write this article, you would have been one of those “retards” that would have gotten pulled out of mainstreaming. You and people like you are the reason special education exists. Clearly someone in the educational field failed at making you a decent person to society. This was only put onto the educator because your parents failed at raising you.

    Shellby on 27 Oct 2008 at 2:37 pm
  5. i totally agree with everything here, especially the mainstreaming part.

    I am in highschool, and I cant not ****ing stand every single class waiting for the teacher to explain something to the people that are slow. I sit there all day long zoning out, acing the tests.

    I also agree with your comment on special ed. I see so much being spent for the few, just to make them feel normal. There needs to be a different approach to them. I know that that sounds cruel, but its the truth.

    ben on 27 Oct 2008 at 3:40 pm
  6. Wow….the suggestions here reveal a lack of understand of learning that is astounding in someone who fancies themselves a commentator. For that matter, the degree of ignorance revealed here is frightening even more so, as the writer feels his/her opinion matters. How sad.

    NAParker on 27 Oct 2008 at 4:48 pm
  7. Parents are the number one cause for their children’s failure or success period.

    Steve 22 on 27 Oct 2008 at 5:16 pm
  8. i will begin by saying that you are both right, and wrong, but mostly wrong. i agree with your stance on retards, i hate them, they should be aborted before they’re even born, thats the point of abortions. (durh) secondly, uniforms DO NOT HELP STUDENTS, i go to one of the best high schools in new york city, staten island technical high school, we’re ranked #22 in the US, and we do not have uniforms at all, for example, we do have some requirements, but those are essentially limited to, “try not to look like a hooker”. 3d, instead of inserting more geography, how about we try something useful, such as politics, or a basic poli-sci course for 7th-8th graders. we should also cull the herd by putting the stupid kids into different schools, if everyone is on the same level, there won’t be any problems and they will behave like normal kids instead of standing out and acting out. 3d, make unnecessary classes optional. limit the day to math, english, global history, and science. this ensures that we can spend more time on the basic subjects and finish them by the 10th grade, or even 9th grade…. then until college we can focus on the optional classes and help kids pick out their profession. then they can pick what classes they need based on specialization. this way we can finish earlier, and subsequently begin our lives earlier, lower the drinking age, and legalize all drugs as well, it would kill the market, and ultimately people will become disillusioned and lose interest, helping society as a whole.

    aleksey on 27 Oct 2008 at 6:51 pm
  9. Much of that is true, but as a teacher, don’t for a second think that just because we teach until three, we aren’t putting in a full day’s work. Most nights are work nights, preparing for classes or marking. I work many 10 hour days. Teachong until five is a bad, bad idea, unless there are more preps during the day. But then that just ups the cost because you’d have to hire another teacher.

    Justin on 27 Oct 2008 at 7:02 pm
  10. I am a teacher and parent and I agree with 90% of the comments. On top of it all I grew up in the public school system. I might not agree with the actions to take to solve some of these problems but I do believe in the causes. I also feel one of the reasons kids are to “dumb” regardless of any disability is because the kids run the schools and not the administration. Kids get too much freedom to do what they want and they know the power they have over everyone in the school system.

    Jessie on 27 Oct 2008 at 7:11 pm
  11. I was being silly about some of the solutions, however I feel that several of that most of these reasons for failure are overlooked and should not be. If parents don’t make their child’s education a top priority there is only so much the schools can do. Much of what is being done by politicians and administrators winds up interfering with learning rather than helping as intended.

    Jerome on 27 Oct 2008 at 7:58 pm
  12. Excellent article, but you have missed the single biggest issue. In the school districts w/ which I am familiar, (Colorado & California, but I strongly suspect the other 48 are much the same), 60 – 65% of the money doesn’t leave the administration building. Let me repeat -only 35% of a school districts budget makes it onto campus -let alone into a class room.
    Do this. Figure out how much money each and every chi8ld brings with them in the form of taxes etc. Multiply this number by the average # of students in a classroom. Ask yourself how much a teacher makes -be sure to add 10% or so for benefits and -just to be extra-fair- add another 5% for the book keeping to cut paychecks. Finally, ask yourself where the rest of the money goes.
    (Here’s a hint. The cost of the buildings is NOT part of this equation. They are paid for out of the community’s muni-bond account. On the other hand, maintenance does come out of the school’s budget. This rather explains why the schools are falling down.)
    For those of you whose math skills are a product of American public education, I’ll offer an example. In Denver and its suburbs, the per student figure is about $9000. 33 students / classroom works out to $297,000.000. The average teacher earns in the neighborhood of $50,000.00 and benefits and o/head might get it up to $57,800.00.
    To summarize, the teacher’s union -and the union IS richly deserving of a heaping-helping of the blame- and it’s membership are responsible for a whopping 17% of the school district’s budget.

    Bill HArvey on 28 Oct 2008 at 7:18 am
  13. That’s an excellent point Bill – I agree 100% with you on the impact of bloated administration. I had plenty of that plus the examples in Kansas City and other data to back up the spending does not equal success in schools to use but decided to go for politically incorrect things instead.

    Jerome on 28 Oct 2008 at 10:03 am
  14. Well the biggest failure of public schools is to teach students how their government works and what they can do about it. As a result you end up with an ignorant voting populace who only vote in other ignorant products of the education system. Students should be forced to know every position in the cabinet, as well as who is occupying those positions. They need to know the truth about how and why this country was founded, and they need to understand the constitution. Then you won’t end up with a bunch of disgruntled teachers, who should never have been hired in the first place, telling their students how unfair life is, and that they need to use the force of government in ways that it is not allowed to be used (i.e. socialism, fascism, preemptive warfare, establishing permanent military bases in over 80 sovereign nations, spying on your citizens’ phone calls). If we cut the bureaucracies down to a minimal level, maybe we can stop taxing our teachers and schools into poverty. Then more talented people will aspire to teach, there will be money for equipment upgrades, and the students will be challenged more and more.

    As far as discipline in school goes…whatever happened to a good old fashioned black bagging and quick waterboarding session? Guarantee you won’t pick on little Timmy after a weekend at Gitmo. 😛

    Kyle on 28 Oct 2008 at 1:32 pm
  15. you really are a dumb****

    what about people that get in car accidents and have to have a wheelchair for life?

    David Grooms on 29 Oct 2008 at 1:30 pm
  16. Great article, I would just want to add that all of the teachers complaining about working 10 hour days for only 50K a year always leave out. Teachers only work 8 months out of the year! So a teachers REAL wage is more like 75k. Please include this factor when whining about your jobs.

    corey on 29 Oct 2008 at 4:05 pm
  17. Sheez, I can’t believe the hating that’s going on about this article. For the most part, I agree with the article. Sure, it’s inhumane to point out that handicapped students use excessive resources, but in a purely statistical standpoint, it’s absolutely true. And, While I do not necessarily disagree with the idea of a longer school day, I will point out that teacher’s spend much more time than the school day itself at work. I arrive at my school at 6:00 AM and do not leave until 4:40 PM.
    Personally, I’d say the root of most of our educational system’s problems are the fact that politicians, not professional educators, determine what is taught teachers may teach, for how long, and how they teach it. People who have never stepped into a classroom since graduating except for a photo-shoot should not be the people determining how children are taught.

    Lyly on 30 Oct 2008 at 9:15 pm
  18. 8 months out of the year? Ummmm… you obviously have no understanding of a teacher’s schedule. There are trainings, extracurricular events, summer school, etc. year round

    eraye on 30 Oct 2008 at 9:24 pm
  19. Sadly, I have to weigh in again. 8 months a year? Perhaps not. Certainly only 10 at the most, however. And 10 hour days? A very conscience new teacher -perhaps. But such teacher either burn-out in a year or two*, or organize their classrooms and practices well enough within a short time to get it down to a 6 hour day. There certainly are exceptions, but there are also exceptions in the direction of teachers who race their students to the parking lot to get out’a there.

    Another math lesson for the liberal-arts majors perhaps? 10 out of 12 months, and 6 out of an ordinary 8 hour work-day works out to about a work year of about 63% of the rest of us. A little division equates this to $80,000 / year. Eighty grand a year for someone who is statistically, (yep -more math -can’t be helped) from the bottom half** of their class.

    Don’t get me wrong, I have known (and admired) some wonderful, dedicated, and EFFECTIVE teachers who could earn much more in the real-world then they do as teachers. Sadly, I have known many more who are phoning it in, have tenure, and would be qualified only to be selling shoes if they were not teachers.

    *The average tenure for new teachers is 2 – 3 years!!! And don’t most professions require burning a little midnight-oil the first year or two?
    ** Some studies put teachers in the bottom QUARTER!.

    Bill HArvey on 31 Oct 2008 at 10:58 am
  20. It’s unfortunate nyteflame is claiming to be a teacher.
    She obviously doesn’t have a great grasp of the English language. Maybe she’s teaching Spanish?
    An aside: If you’re spending copious amounts of time grading work, you need to pull your head out of your retarded ass and learn to be more efficient. If you can’t figure out how to NOT work 9 hour days, btich, and Still come in on weekends; I’m not really surprised, actually. You are the epitome of ineptitude laid out in Problem 6.

    Not retarded on 31 Oct 2008 at 1:20 pm
  21. It’s funny how all these idiot teachers are defending their idiocy. I especially like the teacher who criticized you for poor “grammer”. The moron can’t even spell. They need to scrap the current educational system full of idiot women and put the men back in charge. You can’t get anything done with idiot women clouding the issue.

    teacher slap on 31 Oct 2008 at 5:13 pm
  22. It is obvious you are neither a teacher, married to one, or the child of one. If you were, you would understand that teachers invest many evening and weekend hours into their job. It is 7:30 p.m. on a Friday night and I am working on lessons for next week.

    During the summer we are revamping curriculum, taking classes or doing summer workshops for kids. One year I kept track of the hours I worked per week. I had put in over 2000 hours by April. A colleague once said that most people work 40 hours a week for 50 weeks. Teachers work 50 hours a week for 40. Then we spend our summers getting ready for next year.

    I enjoy my job. Although there have been frustrating moments, I have never been bored. Ninety percent of my students are great people to work with. I try not to let the other ten percent ruin my day–although they may come close at times. Most of the frustration I have during the day comes from meaningless administrative paperwork that is ruining the profession…most of it mandated by government.

    Chris GR on 31 Oct 2008 at 6:48 pm
  23. The only thing i disagree on is the uniforms. Uniforms really dont do much at all. The statistics you’re getting are flawed in that schools that require uniforms are usually private schools (better teachers/education), so the answer isn’t uniforms, its better schools with smaller classes. Also the fact that providing uniforms to a school of more than 1000 kids would be more trouble than its worth.

    Also, teachers work more than most people do. A lot more.

    Matt on 01 Nov 2008 at 12:59 pm
  24. “Parents are working until five so teachers and kids should be putting in a full day too.”
    I’m a middle school student and I wake up at 6, hop on the bus at 6:45, and arrive at school when the clock strikes 7 AM. I get out at 2:20. That’s 8 1/3 hours, a bit more time than a “full day” of work. Do your homework before you speak, in the meantime, you’re grounded. Go to your room.

    Nemo on 01 Nov 2008 at 2:25 pm
  25. Ummmm, since when is the time a person commutes to and from work considered time spent at work? The way I see it, Nemo’s only spent 7 1/3 hrs on the job… and that’s if he/she hasn’t taken lunch or breaks. Which would reduce his/her time to 6 1/3 hrs.

    Farmer on 03 Nov 2008 at 2:17 pm
  26. “give financial incentives for interracial marriages (if we all are semi-asian, semi-black, semi-white, semi-hispanic and kinda everything there will pretty much be just one race.”
    Now there’s a solution to race problems!
    Love it!
    Many salient points in this post, and kids and schools are much the same as when I failed miserably at it, thirty-five years ago. If my parents had opted for the trade school option (here they were for the ‘slow’ and ‘difficult’), I probably would have finished high school.
    Critics of grammar, etc., remember the new school mantra is ‘ Let the kid express himself, spelling and grammar aren’t that important’. In today’s society, people are discouraged from being intelligent, and are encouraged to join the ‘lowest common denominator’ club. Excellence causes isolation, and criticism from the herd.

    Ivan on 07 Nov 2008 at 12:37 am
  27. I read this article as far as the comments on children with special needs. I couldn’t at that point continue. What I can not believe is that in these supposedly enlightened times, somebody is saying that the additional assistance given to children who are mentally disabled is causing failure in our school systems. That is about the weakest argument I have ever heard!
    It is very easy to state that us individuals who are highly intelligent somehow have anything other than luck to thank for that fact. Whether or not you have special needs is merely an accident of birth. Surely assisting children to make the best of themselves and their lives is something that as a society we should do, if not because we are decent people, but because encouraging inprovement and independence will save additional cost at a later date.
    To Aleksey, you are a sad, narrow-minded individual who is to be pitied for their lack of humanity, decency and thought rather than reviled for being scum.

    Emmeline on 07 Nov 2008 at 12:43 pm
  28. I have to say, Aleksey, you are a complete disgrace to your generation. You claim to be so educated, yet your grammar is so poor. Maybe you should be less critical of these so called “stupid kids” since you seem to be one of them.
    Also, your views on disabled children and abortion are disturbing. I am thankful you are in New York and nowhere near my children. It is kids like you that put fear in my heart regarding our country’s future. You need some mental help and I pray your parents recognize this.

    noahsmom on 05 Dec 2008 at 2:00 pm
  29. I must agree with most of the causes you listed, but I was glad to read that you were joking on most of the solutions. I work in the school system as a computer tech, and see many of these problems.

    Oddly missing from your list is the new government focus on testing. They use the test scores for teachers raises and to determine how much funding a school gets. These “standard tests” are poorly created and make teachers focus only on what is on the test and force them to leave out a lot of good useful information kids need. Also the idea that a school with low test grades gets less funding is insane, that starts a cycle in which the kids suffer.

    Handicapped kids do raise costs for the school, but they still deserve an education, separate them to other classes or schools would help the kids in normal school some, but would cost more tax money in the end.

    Robert on 14 Apr 2009 at 7:55 am
  30. In Japan they are studying for tests literally every day they are in school and most of their effort is devoted towards them. They spend a fraction of the money we do on education and simply focus on the basics (math, science, grammar) and leave the fluff out. Another huge difference we have with Japan is the parents make the kids do homework, and take interest in them getting A’s.

    Jerome on 14 Apr 2009 at 8:18 pm
  31. Good point, overpaid lazy employees doing substandard work aren’t the only things unionized employees from GM and schools have in common. The schools and GM both need to just declare bankruptcy and start over.

    Steve22 on 14 Apr 2009 at 8:23 pm
  32. even though some points (which are stated in incredibly wast way) are true.. boy, oh boy, you must be one BORING person to be around 😀

    rrrrrr on 05 Jan 2012 at 4:55 pm
  33. 99 are CLUELESS when it comes to what a teacher must do to be successful. And many teachers are tired of doing it for mere pennies. In so many schools teachers = Day Care. It is NOT up to teacher to teach our children RESPONSIBILITY, RESPECT, and MANNERS. It is the PARENTS! It helps if a child has ADULTS for Parents. And the responsibility of behavior issues of any child falls directly on that child parental units, NOT their teachers.

    EVERY PARENT should be REQUIRED to be a substitute Teacher 3-5 days every school year. Just the tip of the ice-berg, it would at least give each parent a clue as to what goes on in a classroom…

    In one school… DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR FORMS
    A Great thing! As a sub, I would take several to my assigned class, hold them up for the students to identify, and they all paid attention and behaved well! Why??? Each form in triplicate: 1 home with student, 1 to students file and 1 MAILED to the parents. There were several things which got a student an auto-DBForm.Throwing anything, talking back to the teacher, hitting another person, etc… When the 3rd Form was given – the child was EXPELLED for 3 Days AND a parent had to come and set IN CLASS for an entire day to get their child back in school. THIS GOT PARENTS INVOLVED in their child’s up-bringing as they had to not only get child care for 3 days (elementary school) but they ALSO had to take a day off from work and set in class an entire day or keep their child at home!!! Ya wanna PLAY and have children, ya gotta PAY! But the rewards can be GREAT too!

    Eric on 21 Jan 2012 at 10:30 am
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