What is the prohibitive factor slowing down progress? Besides greed.
Why do so few US citizens own their homes?
Why do we have widespread income inequality?
It all boils down to ease of access to higher education. Whether it is a skill trade such as welding and heavy equipment operation, or a professional such as being a doctor or lawyer, people need access to higher education.
When I decided to write this article I was having problems picking a title. Lately I have been doing some thinking. What promoted this was a comment posted on one of my post. The comment was in reference to some of my post sounding bitter.
I want to be honest with my readers, my poor life choices have led me on the path of bitterness.
Who is to blame for my life choices? I am.
Working In The Welding Field
In 1986 when I graduated high school I decided to enter the workforce instead of going to college. My wifes grandfather helped get me a job at a local welding shop. I should have known something was wrong when the company did not offer and kind of benefits, such as health insurance, or retirement.
In 1987 I got a job at another welding shop, but this job had lots of overtime and some benefits.
While I was in High School (Bridge City 1982 – 1986), I overheard a teacher telling another student to stay away from me. The words I heard were, “stay away from him, he is a bad influence”.
If not wanting to jump through hoops for good grades is a bad influence, then so be it.
From the time I started elementary, to the time I graduated, I HATED school. I absolutely hated how the school system intruded into my personal time when I was away from school (home work), I hated how teachers told the students to sit down and shut up, I hated math, I hated how school did not prepare me for the real world, and I hated how school teaches a poor work ethic.
My time is just that, “my time”. What right does the school and the teachers have to treat students like pawns? When students are out of school that is our time. Give students a project, or any type of home work teaches a poor work ethic. Do most people work for free? Do most people take their work home with them, and not get paid? What does homework teach students? That they should work for free?
Lets get back to the teacher
If I saw that teacher in the grocery store (or anywhere else around town), I would probably kick him in the nuts. I would kick him so hard, he would wish he was a eunuch.
This same teacher would show the class anti-abortion films. It was his little way of pushing his religious beliefs on a bunch of teenage kids.
If anything, the teacher was a bad impression on the students he came into contact with.
Its because of mean teachers like that ass-hole I developed my distaste of school and teachers in general. Have you ever met someone you just did not like? Maybe a racist, or a child abuser, or a sex offender,,, that I how I feel about teachers. Teachers (in general) are one step away from child abusers. Not all teachers are child abusers, but a lot are.
How do teachers abuse children? By taking their young developing minds and stomping on them until nothing remains. The “sit down and shut up” attitude of the modern education system chokes the life of out developing minds.
Over the past few decades there has been talk about how to reform our public school system. I am not an expert in schools, but I am able to form an opinion based on the available information. It is my opinion the public school system is past reform. We have allowed politics and greed to get in the way of teaching our children.
Lets start by being able to hire and fire teachers based on their job performance, just like the rest of the work force. Let me rephrase my post, how about we hire and fire teachers without unions tying the hands of the tax payers.
Get the unions out of the schools, and I bet job performance will improve.
When I was in 4th, maybe 5th grade, teacher hands out a bunch of papers, I complete the wrong paper first, teacher gets ****ed off, brings me to office, gives me a paddling.
With the release of “Waiting for ‘Superman’ “, attention has once again turned to our failing education system. In case people did not know, our education system has been in trouble for a long, long, long time.
I finished high school in 1986 – There were some good teachers, mostly the older ones that taught because they wanted to, and not because they had to. I had a good 8th grade science teacher, and a good 12th grade english teacher, my drafting teacher was very cool, so was the woodshop teacher.
On the other hand, there were the teachers that either pushed some kind of social agenda (like my biology teacher showing anti-abortion films), and the ones that had some kind of chip on their shoulder – like the gym coach that threw a basketball at my face because I did not understand what he was saying. Or the teachers that took their frustrations out on the kids with a paddle.