Education of today’s children is a disaster – with SAT and ACT reporting only one-quarter of those taking their tests are ready for college, with 48% of new teachers quitting the profession within their first five years, and with a rapidly increasing portion of our best teachers leaving or taking early retirement. According to the simplistic view of career DoE bureaucrats back in their cubicles far away from the realities of the classroom, the reason is lack of funding and the need for ever more mandates. The commentators blame it on a handful of “bad” teachers each year, and fail to see the 7,200,000 other good teachers trying to teach despite the system. Parents think the issue is children who don’t want to work and learn, not realizing how wrong that assessment of our children really is.
Yet the one voice rarely heard is the voice of classroom teachers – the one stakeholder with the understanding and insights to help us fix the real problems.
ERROR: Please note a key correction for something I somehow lost in the discussions with WBZ! The show is 9-midnight, but I am slotted for the 9-10:00 hour, only. (Senility struck again?)
Next week – Monday night, February 2nd, 9:00pm EST will be a rare exception when teacher voices from around the nation can be heard. WBZ radio in Boston, with the nation’s 7th largest radio audience, has taken a courageous stand to broadcast a three-hour segment with the author of Lifting the Curtain: The disgrace we call urban high school education (2nd edition). The nationally acclaimed Dan Rea show is dedicating the entire show to a call-in format so that teachers can interact with D. A. Russell about the real education issues. In addition to their on-air million-plus audience in 26 states, the show will be live-streamed on the WBZ website.
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Russell has been an outspoken whistle blower and advocate of how to change the real problem that have destroyed the education of our children. The show is certain to take on the most serious problems that career DoE bureaucrats and legislators carefully hide from parents:
- Teachers who must try to teach a full lesson even though an average of 35 minutes has been taken from every standard urban high school class for non-teaching duties and mandates
- Inept mandates by career DoE bureaucrats that micromanage and undermine education.
- Teachers forced by school administrators to promote children who have failed
- Teachers forced by school administrators to dumb down education to make sure everyone passes and the school is not sanctioned
- The culture of cronyism, and intimidation by their own school administrators, that pervades almost every school
- The impact of standardized testing that has dumbed-down education, and has caused cancellation of arts and electives
- The way inclusion classes fail everyone in the class – especially the inclusion children
- A numerical minority of parents who have hijacked special education to get their child a free ride through high school with unlimited retests and the dreadful accommodation of “Gets an ‘A’ for doing half the work expected of the class.”
Here are the details. Please join us! Teachers, call in and be heard for a change!
Time: 9:00 – 12:00pm, EST
Radio: WBZ-AM radio 1030, Boston MA
Live stream: http://boston.cbslocal.com/
Lifting the Curtain blog: https://liftingthecurtainoneducation.wordpress.com/
The 2nd edition of the acclaimed book about today’s failed education system
– Lifting the Curtain: The disgrace we call urban high school education –
is now available, with dozens of teacher submissions from across the USA and nine
new chapters. Both KIRKUS and CLARION praise this important book
“…from the unique perspective of a classroom teacher”
that shows the real problems that have destroyed the education
of our children. Please get a copy HERE or on Amazon.