Why don’t we get to see the resumes on our children’s teachers?
I’d love to know where they went to college, what education level they’ve achieved, their years of experience, work record, interests and hobbies. The teachers are strangers to the families they serve.
In an age where everything is given star ratings, why aren’t teachers and schools publicly rated?
Parents constantly talk about their child’s teacher – what they like about him/her, what they don’t, and what is going on at school. There is no formalized system to collect all this feedback and share it with other parents and administrators. In an age of standardized curriculum and standardized testing, the teacher and the school environment are the two variables that can make an impact. A school full of five star teachers would have a strong case to get a pay raise together.
Why are schools built with cement block walls?
Painted cement block walls are so institutional – prison, mental asylum, compound. Even brand new schools are built this way where I live. Cover it with all the kid produced standardized artwork you want – still sends the message “You’re trapped here”.
Why is there homework given five nights a week and larger projects given during school breaks?
It’s as if the school is trying to manipulate all of children’s waking hours! The biggest shame of homework is the kids who need the extra practice don’t complete the homework. The children who do complete the homework and bring it back 100% correct, already know the concepts and didn’t need to do it.
Why can’t a parent pick their child’s school or teacher?
We pick our doctors; they aren’t assigned to us based on where we live, so why are our children’s schools? In fact I can’t think of anything that is assigned to us by where we live other than our trash service. The lack of choice for school is astonishing.