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Oct 2017
Vol 14 No 3
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Cover Story

Politics of Education
By Dr. Brad Johnson

Have you noticed the increased attacks on the teaching profession? The media and many politicians seem to think that many teachers are lazy and incompetent. It's not just an article here or there, it seems to be everywhere! While we are aware that there are some teachers who may be ineffective, isn't that true of any field or occupation? The reality is that the majority of our teachers do a great job and work harder as a group than probably any other profession. However, it has become such a thankless job that one wonders why any of us ever taught in the first place.

However, I also realize that the teacher blame game has risen out what I call the "Politics of Education." Interestingly, our politicians and "powers that be" are quick to proffer their plans to fix education and "get teachers in line" with a bombardment of new initiatives (NCLB, Race to Top, etc.), more accountability, and the latest in educational programs that will "fix" education. They dare not place the accountability on flawed initiatives, lack of parental support or the decay of respect and morals in our culture. Why? Because its hard to rally support when it requires self reflection of the general population. However, simply find a scapegoat to focus on and they will get endless support for funding with very little scrutiny of their actions.

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