I think education has changed too much since the 50s and not for the better. It’s a source of jobs for educators, many of whom are not very good at it and it seems a lot of best ones quit. But those that stay behind keep dishing out the same old propaganda.
Psikey, this statement is pure BS. Despite the current problems we’re having in the field of education, e.g. Lack of funding, state standards skewed more toward placating corporate interests, classrooms filled to capacity, and the proverbial helicopter parents, it is far more educationally productive than the 50’s. I know, I was a product of 50’s style education. In that era teachers didn’t even need a college education. Technology hadn’t entered the classroom and teachers had a book and a chalkboard. Memiograph machines were just beginning to be used and there were NO visuals. Today’s classrooms come complete with smartboards, computers, DVD players, much better lighting and better educated teachers who no must periodically update their certification by going back to college not to mention the state mandated workshops that are ongoing annually. And if you want to teach in the classroom today you had better be “good"at it as some states are tying student performance to merit pay. hell yes it’s a job source for educators, elswise why would you spend all that time and money to get a degree? And it’s not as easy now as it once was. During the four years you spend to get one you must perform periodic classroom observations and student teach for a semester in a regular classroom with a mentor teacher who has the authority to send you packing back to college. Your performance is reviewed by a professor and if you’re given a bad review the college recommends that you choose another field. As to propaganda, each teacher is given a limited control over what is taught in his/her classroom but it certainly better NOT be propaganda! Once again the building administrator must review a teacher’s performance and in conferences discuss each teacher’s strengths and weaknesses. This is annual BTW,and ongoing throughout the teacher’s career. All this while learning discipline skills and writing endless lesson plans, grading hundreds of papers, and periodic meetings with parents not to mention balancing the needs of special students. Yes, I stayed behind to do this for 36 years because the pay is wonderful and the working conditions were perfect! No, I did it because I was passionate about kids learning the subject I am passionate about as have my colleagues. And believe me, the slackers are being weened out, leaving only those who are committed to the job of teaching and inspiring kids to learn. In other words, those who can’t teach choose some other profession.