May 11, 2011

Coming Soon To A Blog Near You...

Beginning Tuesday, May 17, and hopefully continuing every Tuesday thereafter, Iíll be posting a new addition to the blog, tentatively titled ďLetter From the Teacher.Ē Regular readers know that my day job is teaching high school English. Yes, I am a defender of the mother tongue. Yesterday I could not spell English teacher and today I are one!

Few people would think that they know more than a doctor or even a plumber or electrician about their business, yet everyone, it seems, knows just what is wrong with education and just how to fix it. I suspect that this is because most Americans had 12 years of experience in the public schools and that familiarity breeds a certain amount of comfort, for the truth is, most Americans were--and are--well served by their schools. Yet many, when confronted with headlines that scream that American schools are horrible failures, tend to reflexively agree. Itís rather like congressmen: many Americans think theyíre all crooks and incompetents, except for their Congressman.

In the coming weeks, Iíll discuss and hopefully provide some thoughtful commentary on many educational issues, such as:

Why most of what you hear in the media about Americaís schools is wrong.

Why mandatory high-stakes testing is not only harmful to children, but insanely expensive and wasteful.

What a teacherís real job is and why itís irrational to believe that they can be held fully accountable for student performance on tests.

What political correctness is doing to education (itís not good).

Why prayer has never been removed from the schools, and canít be.

Who is really running our schools and their mindsets.

How sports do less--and more--than you would expect in our schools.

Why good administrators can fire bad teachers while upholding everyoneís rights, and why bad administratorís canít and wonít.

Why public schools really are a good idea.

Iíll look forward to seeing you on Tuesdays, and as always, to your comments.

Posted by MikeM at May 11, 2011 08:56 PM

Should be interesting.

Posted by: Wes King at May 11, 2011 11:58 PM

Bring. It. On.

Posted by: Professor Hale at May 12, 2011 08:23 AM

As one who is torn about sending my daughter to public school I am looking forward to it. I went K thru 12 to Christian school, my wife public and its a source of endless disagreement, particularly here with the state of the schools in Michigan.

Posted by: Swede at May 13, 2011 04:39 PM

Dear Swede:

I'll try to answer your questions as best I can. But to knowingly engage in a generalization, outside of major cities, Most public schools do a decent job providing a worthwhile educational opportunity. Of course, it's up to parents to personally check things out. What to look for and what questions to ask, are in part, what I hope to accomplish with the continuing series.

Posted by: mikemc at May 13, 2011 10:21 PM