Why is American Public Education failing as bad…Posted: December 27, 2013
Please allow me to go “walkabout” and share with you some significant findings on education and something almost as typical as ObamaCare in relation to how at least in the Nation’s second largest school district when one takes the initiative to start a new program IT IS ALWAYS BEST TO GET SCIENTIFIC DATA BEFOREHAND. Of course I am taking on the notion of the iPad Program and the basic disarray of America’s educational environment.
Yet what I have to share with you is a shockingly pathetic portrayal of first, the American (or at least) Los Angeles, CA ethics and family statuses; second, I don’t know when the current administration is going to get it however, with BIG PLANS, big money, and the unknown please try and make it better than your failed legacy. Ready?
It would seem Robert J. Moreau, a computer animation teacher who struggled for grants to set up a lab, would be among the first to applaud the $1-billion iPad program in the Los Angeles Unified School District. But he’s not.
“It’s outrageous, appalling, that we are buying these toys when we don’t have adequate personnel to clean, to supervise,” said the Roosevelt High School instructor. “Classrooms are overcrowded, and my room has not been swept or mopped in years except by me and the students…. It would be great if the basics were met. I can’t get past that.”
In an effort to determine how the iPad rollout is going and how to improve it, a Board of Education member and employee unions conducted surveys of teachers and administrators. Their anonymous responses: Just 36% of teachers strongly favored continuing the effort; 90% of administrators felt the same.
Schools Supt. John Deasy has pushed hard for the tablets, calling it a civil rights imperative to give all students access to technology used by the more affluent. What? Of all the ideas he throws this one out there?
But problems plagued the project from the start. When the first group of campuses received the tablets this fall, more than 300 students at three high schools almost immediately removed security filters so they could freely browse the Internet. All of the students at these schools had to surrender the tablets.
Please read more of initial story here.
I can’t explain it in its entirety, however, I will make an attempt at opening up this site and encouraging anyone and everyone to comment or participate.
It’s this way: Whenever you point your finger at another person, you always have three pointing back at you.
Ladies and gentlemen I want to candy coat this reality as much as possible; however, there comes a moment when it’s time to take the gloves off and duke it out. Essentially what I’m referring to is you may not like what I’m saying; nonetheless, the data is reliable and quite valid to suggest otherwise.
Indictment of the American Family
The following data comes from the Josephson’s Institute, Center for Youth Ethics that should start an avalanche of controversy with the media; however, this data does not support America’s agenda of the way things really are.
Josephson Institute’s 2011 Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth is based on a survey of nearly 30,000 students in high schools across the U.S. The results paint a troubling picture of our future politicians and parents, cops and corporate executives, and journalists and generals.
LYING: More than 42 percent said that they sometimes lie to save money. Again there are significance differences with gender (49% male, 39% female); however, included in the Report was this fact:
CHEATING: Cheating in school continues to be rampant and it’s getting worse. A substantial majority (64 percent) cheated on a test during the past year (38 percent did so two or more times), up from 60 percent and 35 percent, respectively, in 2011. There were no gender differences on the issue of cheating on exams.
Predicated upon this data we stand firmly among the claims of a huge, dysfunctional disconnect between what parents perceive, and the reality of the situation. Subsequently, we would like to ask: With this type of unethical behavior why parents and others who are outside the classroom so willingly to place blame on teachers?
These results beg some easy questions: Where is the American family headed? Where is the transmission of values, ethics, morals, and appropriate ethos?
Even more troubling is something that is completely missing from this Report: Parents and adults.
Is this what we want for America’s young people?