RIP Teaching Profession: Why are kids so dumb?

What does a “master’s degree plus 30” mean to me as a tax payer?  Yet that’s what a teacher from Lakota named Mary who teaches in a blue ribbon award-winning middle school, stated as a justification for her worth when she came straight out and asked what she was worth live on the air to 38 states and part of Canada.  She was responding to my appearance on 700 WLW with Darryl Parks on Saturday April 16, 2011 during his morning show. 

Come to think of it, what good is a blue ribbon award?  Who gives it out?

The State.

Why?

To give people the illusion that taxpayers are getting the value for their money.  But why do they believe such things?

Because people buy homes in school districts based on whether or not a district is “excellent.”

Who decides if a district is “excellent?”

The State. 

Why would the state do such a thing? 

Because it justifies all the jobs of the people employed in the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio School Board, the OSBA, and the Ohio Education Association so that they can make people feel they are getting value for their tax money. 

It is interesting that one day I drove all over the city and I noticed that Springdale City Schools, Princeton, Lakota, Mason and Sycamore all had “excellent” banners on their high schools.  That leads me to believe that getting an excellent rating is pretty easy, because so many schools have it.  So what’s the value in that? 

The answer to all these questions is that it’s all deception designed to manipulate people into voting for increased taxes on their property.  The teachers union has openly scammed against all property owners in the state of Ohio with their endorsement of these deceptive practices.  I hold them more accountable because they are the organization that provided the lobby to politicians and Ohio Department of Education members to obtain these meaningless ratings like “blue ribbon schools” or an “excellent” rating.  And the next responsible group is realtors.  They love those awards because it makes selling a home in those particular school districts easier.  So they are usually at the front of efforts to pass a school levy. 

Darryl hit the nail on the head during our radio interview.  He said the teaching profession will soon RIP.  Why?  Because technology will eliminate millions of teaching jobs in the near future.  It will not eliminate them to be mean to them, or to hurt their feelings.  Technology is the most logical next step in the evolution of the teaching profession.    While teachers should be re-educating themselves for the evolving market they are instead holding onto the past.  This is what they were doing while I was on the radio with Darryl. 

They were collecting signatures for the repeal of S.B.5. like a bunch of short-sighted looters that lack any vision.   The speaker in this clip says that we need good schools in order to teach our kids to read.  Yet with all the millions and millions of dollars we spend on education, out of the thousands of dollars each of us pay on our property taxes, 1 out of 4 people are functionally illiterate.  Because of that, our education system is a dismal failure that is in serious need of reform.  Just listen to Miss Teen USA.

So to all those fools trying to repeal S.B.5 enabling them to loot our tax money and give themselves vacations to Cancun should ask, what value are you? 

Can you honestly answer it?  Because blue ribbons and excellent ratings are just words on a banner.  The true excellence is in the quality of our society, and by the sound of that girl, we’re in a lot of trouble.

Rich Hoffman

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12 thoughts on “RIP Teaching Profession: Why are kids so dumb?

  1. Amen! Per the Enquirer lots of these ribbons are worthless because school admitedly teach to the test. Many schools were found to be cheating on the tests. Most tests are multiple choice. Critical thinking is not a function of the tests. Many years ago the state admitted that the tests were designed to see if the “change agents” had accomplished their job of transforming the “values” of the students.

    Many of you should know that all students are given a number and records are kept forever. If you make a mistake in school, even in elementary school, you are labeled and the record is forever.

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  2. My wife is a polymer chemist/microscopist but she also is an adjunct instructor at a local college at night. She is also an science education outreach coordinator, which basically means doing science demonstrations to get kids excited about science. She is not a professional teacher per se but she knows many of them and works with them on the Ohio Math and Science Coalition. She listened with me to Darry’s show with Rich on Saturday. She disagrees with the idea that technology will eliminate or vastly reduce teachers as we know them today. Her opinion is that some kids are self-motivated and will learn in almost any environment but that most kids need teachers to “push” them (my word not hers).

    I always think back to the founding of this country. Some of the most brilliant and insightful men to ever live were began their education in one-room schoolhouses by a school marm or minister over 200 years ago. We’ve gone backwards in 200 years.

    What I’ve seen with my own three kids is that the modern public school “machine” is geared toward one thing: producing mediocrity. It’s what I call “lowest common denominator”…when kids show an aptitude in a particular area or areas the answer is basically “we can’t help your child.”. The class advances at a pace geared toward every student passing the aptitude tests. That’s all.

    That, and they spend an inordinate amount of time on things like “environmental awareness”, recycling, and sex education. Like Sandra said, “transforming the values of students.”

    Sandra- what did you mean by your last paragraph? What do you mean by “all students are given a number” and that if you make a mistake you are “labelled forever”? This is the first I’ve heard of that.

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    1. As long as kids need to be pushed, we will have a society that gets pushed around. Kids have a natural hunger to win at video games for the aimless goal of a high score or even to improve their gamer tag score. That is a form of pride rooted in merit. So the kids have it in them. If they learn to lean on a teacher to dig it out of them, they’ll rely on a political leader, a boss, a parent or even a spouse for their entire lives. Once education uses that natural merit such as is present in the video game industry, things will improve dramatically.

      Just my thoughts.

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  3. Phil, it’s called tracking. Every child is tracked. One of the reasons that so many are home schooling their kids is because they don’t want their children to be tracked. Educators can decide at a very young age what field your child will do the most good for society. This has been called by many names, but the latest is “school to work.”

    Gifted programs in elementary school often serve as a method of boring the child and destroying their “love of learning.” Busy work bores kids to the detriment of creativity and thirst for knowledge. Happened in my own family.

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  4. Rich,

    You have previously mentioned that Lakota should consider cutting teacher’s salaries by 30%. I have a way of accomplishing the reduction in personnel costs that dovetails with the application of technology. Lakota should put together a 5 year plan that incorporates the transformation of their educational program to 30% e-learning. I would hire an expert to identify the portions of the curriculum that lends itself best to online training. Based on the recommendation, the best of the instructors in those areas would be used to create training modules. Existing training that already has been created by other sources could also be used. In addition to the online training, the teachers would provide face to face classroom time a couple of times a week to answer questions. You could even separate these times based on student’s progress as evidenced from online quizzes. I am sure that many innovate ways could be incorporated to adapt to different rates of learning and ability to progress to advanced topics.

    In addition to operating with 30% less staff, there may be other benefits like shorter days or accommodation of snow days or more electives – the list of other potential benefits goes on and on. It just takes some creativity. Hopefully, the board will select a superintendent who sees the benefit of e-learning.

    The school board should factor e-learning into any negotiations they have with the union because the expectation is that the education delivery system would be comprised of a hybrid of classroom and online training.

    Representative Coley has already legislation that supports online training. Lakota should leverage his insight.

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    1. I agree with you about Coley and his legislation. Lakota needs to start thinking of that leverage. That’s the problem is Lakota is still thinking in the past and that’s expensive! There’s no reason for the extra staffing. If you want, I’ll send your plan along to Joan if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself. It’s good for them to see stuff like that.

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      1. I am OK with you passing it on to Joan. In the private sector, it is called productivity gains. It isn’t just in the manufacturing sector, private businesses of all kinds have turned to technology to improve their efficiency and process improvement.

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  5. Bill Coley spoke about his work in this area at our
    School Choice meeting. He was very excited about making these changes in the public educational process. When I attended the University of Mich., most of our classes were held in halls with 500 students attending. A couple of times a week we attended what were called “recitation” classes.
    Exceptions were Chemistry, German, Math and other lab classes. Worked very well at the university level.
    My friend obtained her MA in elementary ed. totally on line. She had a serious back injury and so used her “sick time” to obtain her masters.

    Many new innovations are possible, but that might be the union rolls smaller. Can’t have that!

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