I am an advocate of public schooling. I don’t believe in home schooling as I don’t believe that it is regulated enough. I speak from experience. I knew some folks who “home schooled” their children but the dad could only count to 21 with both shoes off and his pants down. His wife could manage 22, but she had to be shirtless.
You guffaw, but I’m not kidding.
I have also known parents that are amazing home schoolers and they do a terrific job with their kids. But it’s seriously hit or miss. And here, in New Jersey, there is almost NO regulation on who teaches their children.
I have serious issues with that.
However, this post isn’t about that. It’s about the public school system that is in serious need of an overhaul. I’m not stating that I think that the public school system in this country (and especially in some states) isn’t in dire trouble.
I know it is.
In fact, this story out of California illustrates this very fact.
*Before we start with the bashing of California, I wish to tell you all that I graduated High School out there and that my senior English teacher, Mrs. Baker, was responsible for my being able to write pretty well. I’ve honed that talent since then, but she was my basis. So, no bashing my public school education, K? (A little shout out to all my Wheatland High peeps~*muah*)
Everyone is broke these days, and I understand fully that budget cuts mean that jobs have to be cut. I don’t agree with it and in a perfect world our schools would be a number one priority for everyone. But this is just the reality of our country right now.
So, last hired, first fired, right?
This woman, Michelle Apperson, was named Sacramento’s Teacher of the Year and she got FIRED.
Ready for why our schools are failing? I’ll give it to you in a direct quote from the school district spokesperson:
School spokesperson Gabe Ross told News 10 that who gets laid off is mandated by state law and is based on seniority, not performance. *underlining mine*
What the hell kind of thing is this? Why is the person that performs the best laid off? I understand it, but it logically doesn’t make any sense.
Now, don’t start screaming about unions and stuff. I don’t want this to devolve into a political discussion.
I just wanted to point out the absolute, utter lack of logic applied to this situation.
And there are laws to make this happen.
The injustice of this, to the teacher and to the children that she could have been shaping, is palpable.
I seriously have a bad taste in my mouth.
The fact is, the education system needs an overhaul. And that won’t happen until the politicians in every single state house and in Congress understand, fully, that public school is where 90% of their country is being educated and assign it the importance that they seem to assign to my uterus or my BMI.
We need to make them hear what we are saying. They need to understand that not all of us can afford to send our kids to the schools that they are sending their children on my dime.
I want my dime to go to MY children and to MY community for their education and their future.
I want teachers like Ms. Apperton to keep her job and influence so many little, maleable minds.
This is a disgusting shame. Truly.