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Education Politics

January 18, 2011

A friend of mine shared this article regarding the direction education politics is heading.  Basically, it states that the majority of people making decisions regarding the future of American children are not educators: it’s businessmen and politicians.  Hardly news for those of us within education.

For some reason, this article really riled me.  It continued to reiterate the understanding that most teachers have: people with no real knowledge of what it’s like within the classroom are the ones who have the most power in changing it.  It irks me that people like Oprah will host a show on the importance of education, but then ask people like Bill Gates how it should be changed.  Good journalism professes that one should go to the source!  Go to the teachers in Chicago and ask them what would help them become a better teacher (I’m sure a hefty donation from Bill Gates wouldn’t hurt!).

I love that this article also points out the huge benefit of allowing children the privilege of participating in arts, P.E., and foreign languages–often the first things cut in struggling schools.  I think a little more time needs to be spent on researching the BENEFICIAL attributes of a good education and good teacher, and less time playing with politics.  It’ll do us all some good.

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