Why is the head of the NEA- you know the union that is suppose to help children regardless of their parents political affilitation-attacking the political affiliation that it does not agree with?
There are many reasons why America’s students are falling behind those in other countries. A recent comparison showed that America ranked 25th in Math, 17th in Science, and 14th in reading. This is out of only 34 countries
The average teacher salary: $47,808
The average NEA employee salary: $87,725
Nearly HALF of the NEA employees receive over $100,000 annually
82% of US government run schools are FAILING!
The problems grow larger because we live in a representative republican. These same c students are going to be electing our politicians. Since they are poorly educated, and were never really taught how to think critically, they are likely to pick charlatans that make impossible promises. You need look no further than Obama’s inauguration for evidence of this.
As if the old status quo wasn’t bad enough, the nations top education official, Arne Duncan, is warning that 82% of our countries schools are expected to fail in their educational mandates this year. Last year, only 37% failed
Clearly the way the NEA and the government has run education over the past 40 years IS NOT WORKING! Increased union thuggary, over paid poorly performing teachers, more administration than teachers and school supplies has led American children to rank 30th in the work as of 2009.
The reasons are as simple as they are inescapable. Our schools have no meaningful competition. Even if you send your kids to a private school, you still have to pay for public school. For that matter, even if you don’t have kids you still have to pay for public school. Therefore, no matter how atrocious a school’s performance is, they see increases in funding year after year. Thus, we end up in a situation were 82% of our nation’s school will fail to meet their already low standards.
It is a sad day when you hear the hypocrisy of the NEA and teacher claim it is the parents fault children are failing and yet the same NEA and teachers REFUSE to allow said parents the choice of where they want to send their children to school.
What are you afraid of, the fact that it is not all the parents fault rather the poorly educated and peforming teachers in schools across the nation with administrations who do nothing but rob the tax payers of their money:
Voters like federal school reform. NEA leaders and many teachers dislike the law because it forces unpopular curriculum changes, requires increased testing and spotlights failing schools. But numerous polls show that voters appreciate the accountability promised by the law.
In California in 2005, notes Mr. Hanushek of the Hoover Institution, unions spent millions of dollars in advertising to get voters to reject a lengthening of the tenure process. In 2010, California unions fought efforts both in Los Angeles and in the state to change seniority rules.
Sad, considering the following:
California ranks near the bottom in nearly every NAEP assessment subject and grade. And when you look at the district level results for large districts, two of the three large California districts (Los Angeles and Fresno) are as bad or worse than DC. Take 4th grade reading, a gateway skill, 18 percent of DC students were proficient compared to only 13 percent in Los Angeles and 12 percent in Fresno. So clearly the need for dramatic change is there.But hey, keep doing what you are doing NEA because it is working out so friggin well-sarcasm off-!