After no small consideration, I have concluded that politicians don’t want to destroy the educational system.
I have concluded that they wish to fuck it up beyond all recognition so they can charge in, save the day by fixing it, and once again ride the teachers into office. It’s been happening here in Texas for years. Decades, even.
You see, simply because some inner-city school in DC is screwed up, this does NOT mean that EVERY SCHOOL IN AMERICA is screwed up. But the politicians insist on acting as if it did.
By the same token, it is patently unfair to judge a teacher in a middle-class, well-funded school with twenty students in her class …
…by the same standards one would use to judge a harried inner-city teacher with forty students in her class, at least five of which are attempting to kill five others while class is going on…
…but, again, the politicians insist on doing just that.
Furthermore, the only cure recommended by the current administration consists of:
(a) Passing laws. Lotsa laws.
(b) Raising standards everywhere.
© Taking money away from schools that fail to meet those standards.
This reasoning is patently absurd; it’s the equivalent of putting less gas in a car if it won’t go fast enough to suit you. You SOLVE the problem by opening the hood and tinkering with the engine. It helps if you have some clue how internal combustion engines work. Cutting back on the gasoline supply in order to “punish” it is ridiculous. This will NOT help the problem; it will, in fact, make it worse.
I must therefore conclude that either several generations of politicians are complete idiots, or that there is a hidden agenda here.
Eliminating public education can’t really be the goal. Politicians’ kids go to private schools, but even the most elitist rich guy can’t possibly think ALL kids could go to private school, nor would he want them to.
No, after some consideration, I must conclude it’s all a big hat dance, intended to
(a) draw the attention of the voting public from other, less comfortable issues, and
(b) screw things up so they can later take credit for solving it.
I could be wrong, though…