Talk of Superman has become Blogging Kryptonite

I am not exactly sure how it happened, but I have found it impossible to write here these past few weeks.  The beginning of school has gone smoothly and both teachers and students can be found working, learning, creating and having a good time throughout the building. By nature I am pragmatist.  I will work hard to accomplish those things I know will make a difference and I will not spend a lot of time fighting a fight that is  unwinable.  I have found myself troubled though these first few weeks of school, not by what is happening locally, but by what has gone on nationally regarding the discourse about education.  I am unsure how to attack this situation and how it makes me feel.  It is overwhelming to me to think that educators are responsible for every student who does not make standards whether or not they are motivated, come to school ready to learn, have parents who make education a priority, or who have the skills they need to succeed when they get here.  I am certain that schools need to continue to evolve to meet the needs of today’s students.  I am certainly not one to sit back and defend the status quo.  That being said, I find it deeply disturbing that public schools are being blamed for so many of the ills of our society and that charter schools are being held up as the shining example of how education should be done.  Schools are a part of society. They do affect society, but more than they affect it, they reflect it.  Reforming our school system is only a small part of what we need to do to “fix” our problem.  I am not only waiting on Superman to fix our schools, I figure when he shows up he needs to do a little work on government, political parties, politicians, and the folks on TV who have all the answers. There. I have that off my chest; maybe now I can back to writing on a regular basis.

5 thoughts on “Talk of Superman has become Blogging Kryptonite

  1. I think that perhaps the most important difference between public schools and charter schools or private schools is the sense of exclusivity. Private schools and charter schools are allowed to hold higher standards with stiffer penalties. As I was telling a fellow staff member this afternoon, twenty-seven percent of my freshmen have failed to turn in over half of the assigned work for the class. In a private school, they would be on their way out the door. I'm not saying I want to kick kids out of school, but it is clear to them that there is no real penalty for not putting forth effort. Sure, they will get a bad grade a fail, but look how many safety nets we have in place for them to recover the credits (safety nets, I would add, that many of them see as far easier than doing the original work in the first place). We don't need Superman, we just need to have our hands untied. We need to be viewed as capable professionals instead of lowly public servants. I'm sick of feeling like parents with little more than a high school diploma are allowed to walk in and tell highly qualified teachers that they don't know jack without the teacher having any recourse whatsoever. We need a Superman alright, but he should be with us, not against us.

  2. I being a student find it difficult to believe that schools are the reason why the "Ills of our society" are to be blamed on public schools. It has nothing to do with the school but the environment/society they grew up in. For instance if a child grew up around drugs,alcohol,and violence they will most likely be involved in those activities as well.Also on the fact that Private schools are the shinig light of society is not true.I have been to both private and public schools and found it no different than Public. You still have your drug abusers,"gangsters",bullies,etc.
    you just here more on sucess stories from Private schools than you do Public.

  3. Kenny,

    Thanks for commenting here! Always happy to have our students chime in on the issues that affect us! Why do you think we hear more success stories about private schools?

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