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“Bad Teachers” and the (Manufactured) Education Crisis

Nancy Flanagan’s reflections on a particular school board’s actions (Notorious P.H.D.) prompted me to write this one. I categorized it under “Fiction” because it seems surreal.

I am certain there have been, and are, “bad teachers” (just as there are “bad” doctors, lawyers, business persons, assembly line workers, etc.), but given the trend shown below would someone please (even pretty-please with sugar on it) tell me where all the “bad teachers” were before the NCLB was passed???

Why are the HS and college graduation rates that preceded passage of the NCLB ignored? Is it because the truth is simply that Teachers have been too effective for their own good and have increased the number of well/highly educated individuals to the point the job market has been overwhelmed?

Back to Nancy’s blog — I think the real message is, “You’re so effective that we have to fire you.”

How’s that for a slap in the face?

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About Brent Snavely

A construct of upbringing and society, holder of a BS and JD and most recently an MA, I have practiced law for about 20 years. It has been said "The Truth shall set you free" -- I believe it will, but only if it is Your Personal Truth. Parrhesia may be humankind's only hope.

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3 thoughts on ““Bad Teachers” and the (Manufactured) Education Crisis

  1. That is quite the graph. I have yet to find a high school whose 12th grade enrollment was 90% of its 9th grade enrollment. Is your graph a lie or just a damn statistic?

    Posted by theboylefactor | June 2, 2012, 11:50 am
    • The graph came from the US Census Burea and represents US-wide “data. Statistics, of course, have no direct application to any specific groups or individuals…

      Posted by Brent Snavely | June 2, 2012, 12:19 pm
  2. I have seen thus throughout my career sadly. Education education budget cuts forcing good quality and promising teachers ha ing been let go while other ineffective one s primarily due to tenure and scaling back different departments weds based on school and. Ourse enrollment figures. More importantly, many had. Even let go due to. I legal reason other than they were not liked by their respective bosses and or were not politically correct basically downright discriminatory termination procedures!!!! How sad…

    Posted by Bill Horniak | June 2, 2012, 3:23 pm

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