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Today, my nieces and nepews are out of school becuase of a sick out. Many of the Detroit Public School teachers called in sick to protest against the their pay wages as well as the he conditions of the schools. This has occured quite a few times this school year. Today's sick out occured when teachers learned over the weekend that the system will not be able to pay them after June 2016. The reactions have been mixed.
I come from a family of teachers and I understand a few things. First thing is that most people become teachers becasue they love to teach. It is defitnely a calling. It is a desire to share and to cultivate. I commend that. But, becuase it is a calling, like ministry in church, some people believe that teachers should continue to do this even when they are not getting paid to do so. Ministers do. My heart and my expeirnce tells me that most teacher would do it. But the problem of them all is that our society, unlike with ministers, takes our teachers and what they do for granted. For teachers to teach without pay would continue to support the horrible way people treat and think of teachers. Even though I hate that my nieces and nephews are missing school, I understand that it is needed.
My sister and I were on Facebook and some of the things that are being said about the school system and its students:
Close the schools. We do not need them.
Dem (Yes Dem is what was use) kids are dumb anyways
The teachers are lazy
Opinions. Everyone has one, but the thing is something treatorous is happening and many of us are feeding into it. There has been a narrative for decades that you cannot get quality education in public schools. Concerned parents start putting their children in private schools and when they became avaialble, some parents enrolled children in charter schools, hoping to give them a chance. Others even place their children in newly developed online schools What is supposedly left then, in the public schools are those who cannot afford to or connect to the other avenues of education. It is the American way to have competition. Public schools have not really had much until the last 20 years. I get it, but the unfairness is that public schools are finding themselves challeged with competeting becuase there is less resources to compete with.
Just like the narrative of suburban life took many of us out of the cities, so does the narrative of bad public schools take children out fo them, leaving a structure that has challenges standing on its own at times. Sounds like the city of Detroit doesn't it.
Sometimes, I think, 20 or 30 years ago, some entreprenuer had an idea that if they could get kids out of the public schools into our schools, that money that the government is giving to public schools could go into "our" pockets. I believe that there is a little bit of a conspiracy to rid America of public schools. We are capitalist are we not. Look at post secondary education. To go to college in America, you have to pay. What does this do? It keeps a lot of people from going to school. It puts a lot more people in debt and it keeps those with resources on top. Oh…the other thing it does it make is more diffcult for Americans to compete with the rest of the world in important fields. For America, it always come down to money and that kind of thinking will make us about of degenirates. Some of the most quality educated countries do not make peopel pay for school YOu take test
As always in this. The poor and working class get the short end of the stick in this. The options are less to none for them. Instead of getting rid of public schools and calling our teachers lazy and our students dumb, we need to support children in thier education. Not with just money, but with love, support, ideas and information. We cannot make more of our educational system less accessible.
TOP RANKING SCHOOL SYSTEMS IN THE WORLD: Take a look at this article and see what countries have the top ranking education systems and note that America is not even in the top ten. Some of the characteristics to these schools being top rate is how they treat and pay teachers, how education is held in high regard and the number of days children actually attend school (some seven days a week).
Let's learn from our global counterpartners. Let's not look at education as a buisness, leaving the poor behind. Let's be in the business of educating our children and our society.