Here's what the editors of Schools of Thought are reading today:
Education News: Las Vegas District Teacher Layoffs Loom, says Superintendent
An unsettled teacher contract and a looming deficit could mean as many as 1000 layoffs of teachers and staff in Clark County Schools.
Fox2 Now: Parent Furious After Watching Middle School Bus Fight Video
At least one parent is furious at what she saw and heard in a video on a school bus ride home for 5th and 6th graders.
CBS Detroit: Free College for All? State Democrats to Unveil Plan
Democratic state lawmakers in Michigan will release a plan to offer free college for those who need it.
Fox 31: Court: Students can carry guns on campus
The Colorado Supreme Court has struck down a gun ban by the Colorado Board of Regents that prevented people with concealed weapons permits from carrying guns on campuses.
Wall Street Journal: Tech Titans Fund Undocumented Students
Some Silicon Valley CEOs are supporting an effort that provides a college education, legal assistance and a possible path to citizenship for undocumented students.
The problem with education in the United States is everyone want a quick fix. The reliance on test scores just opens the doors for the public ridicule and humiliation of the nations' teachers. Those who are quick to 'bash' and criticize teachers should walk in their shoes by teaching a class of unruly kids, who if you try to discipline you may face a lawsuit or better yet, be brought up on charges of abuse or corporal punishment. Education is supposed to be a holistic and incremental exercise. Different cultural imperatives place different values on education. American society is pretty much heterogeneous .
We are killing the future by blaming teachers for the quality of students leaving public school.
The value of knowledge is denied by those who benefit from the products of research, such as vaccines and cell phones. An easy way of devaluing education is to belittle the teachers. Other countries think we are nuts. They know that the future is in the kids entering kindergarten; the better we teach them, the better our future will be.
If the US lost a war and our conquerors dumbed down the education system by taking the money away, we would be fighting back by holding illegal schools and protecting our teachers. Sadly, we did it to ourselves.
We need to look to the parents for a lot of what's going on in our schools today. Children are so coddled and they are taught they need no responsibility lately. When I went to school, if I had a project due by a certain date and missed that date – I got a 0 or a lower grade. NOW parents DEMAND their children get more time and the teachers are FORCED to give it to them because the schools are afraid of lawsuits. Also, they want all the kids to pass. See they don't get state funding if their schools performance is low. There is so much going on in schools with BOE and no one is watching them. They are corrupt! I feel like the teachers NEED the unions to protect them for everything the BOE and parents throw at them. You have no idea. It is SO scary to be a teacher these days (or to be married to one). They come after you personally now and the media helps them.
CNN’s Schools of Thought blog is a place for parents, educators and students to learn about and discuss what's happening in education. We're curious about what's happening before kindergarten, through college and beyond. Have a story to tell? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org