The short answer to: “Who needs teachers?” in today’s environment is “no one”, particularly bad teachers who are defined as anyone coming through state teacher training in the past 20 years. However talented, they’ve been brainwashed and I write as an insider until three years ago. The human cost of so many bad teachers who are effectively pushing socially correct garbage down kids’ throats rather than actually teaching them the basics is now critical.
It was getting bad for decades but now it’s critical. I’ve met these people and have heard their cloistered views on what the kiddies should be “exposed to”. I wouldn’t want many of these anywhere near my kids.
Thus this article is grist for the mill:
The Kindle and Nook may make for not only the most important advance in reading since Gutenberg, but also, quite likely, a major lesson in unintended consequences. Especially for the educational establishment, because for the first time in history, Americans should be able to envision a future without public-school teachers — indeed, a future without public-school administrators or state departments of education with their rigidly enforced, politically correct social-transformation curriculum.
A future without onerous school taxes, “education president(s),” self-preening school boards, or million-dollar classrooms. But most happily, a future without a single supercilious finger wagging in our face as we’re forever lectured about how much a securely tenured, part-time, self-important, overpaid class of public employees “cares” about our sons and daughters. Really, really, really cares. And, of course, knows much better than we do how to bring them up.
He has a point, he really does but sadly, in throwing out the baby with the bathwater, one point is overlooked – there were once and can be again “good” teachers, the Mr. Chipses of the world, well versed and conservative in their methodology, the Angus McIvors of the world. Older readers will recall the textbooks, the drills …
And the learning which took place. How to reverse the trend because there is a whole generation of non-teachers now who seriously need re-educating but mass reeducation is as bad as what the brainwashed are now doing.
The first step is suggested by the writer above in the article – it’s for parents to start the process by withdrawing children from these schools. The market can well speak, even to public sector schools and thence to the government. We don’t want what we have – we want education for our children.
If enough parents do that, then we’ll get parents banding together, first in one home, then the other, then in a small building they jointly rent, and they’ll employ and vet good teachers in their terms, in Chuckles’ terms, in the terms of the writer of the quoted article.
That’s a massively positive and not unachievable first step.