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August 14, 2009



I'm a teacher and I am happy to see your project. It highlights many of my frustrations as a teacher. But you make it sound like the teachers are the problem in this little clip.

We are just as frustrated as you are about the situation, but please, don't blame us. If I could wave a magic wand I would change many of the things that you are asking us to change.

Try listening to the teachers and hear what they have to say. We are on the same side as you are. We know that education needs to change, but you can not put it all on us.

Parents, administrators, bureaucrats, the media, students, politicians bare some of the responsibilities. Please stop attacking us!


I don't mean to imply that teachers are the sole "problem" of declining American education, although I do believe that Teacher's Unions are a primary contributor to the decline. So, teachers that refuse to join the union, I applaud.

My issue with the Teacher's Union can be summed up in the immortal words of Teacher's Union President Albert Shanker (1985) - "The day children start paying dues is the day I'll care about their interests."

To bring American schools to world leadership, again, we need only do a few simple things:

1- raise our 5-12th grade curriculum in math, physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, world history, English grammar, English literature, art, geography, foreign language (Mandarin, Arabic, Farsi or Spanish) and music to equal the best in the world,

2- hire teachers from 5-12th grade with Bachelors and Masters degrees in the subject they teach,

3- Measure students, teachers and schools on the same tests - AP tests primarily - so consequences are aligned.

Sadly, the Teachers' Unions, the Colleges of Education and the Educational Bureaucrats (60,000 at the Federal level alone) will block these reforms.

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