EXCERPT from Reversing Course in Dangerous Waters by Helene Kobelnyk in VIVAcini! 5 Oct 2012
Education seems to be the hot topic of the decade,
and sadly, that’s all it seems to remain—a topic
for discussion. Unfortunately, the most vocal have
usually never spent a day in the shoes of a teacher or
principal. Everything about our society has changed
over the last 60 years, except our educational system,
and the United States is no longer producing the “best and
the brightest” in the world.
Teachers are under pressure to make sure that their students
“perform” according to some infl exible standards dictated by fools.
Principals, who are supposed to be the instructional leaders, are
relegated to playing politics. Special education has become so
buried in paper trails that the children for whom it was designed,
have become lost in litigation. Anyone who sets any kind of behavioral
boundaries for unruly students is labeled as “mean” and is put
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