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December 13, 2013 | 10:27 AM

After 42 years in the public school system in America and 41 in Indiana, I am really tired of public schools being vilified for the awful job some people think we are doing! First Mr. Pence, if your charter schools are doing so well why did Bennett have to raise, the one who gave him money, the score of said school. All they are trying to do is turn the system into a for profit system! We have done a magnificent job up to now.! We can't pick and choose our students-we get them all warts and all. Also I am tired of the real problem being ignored. When are we going to instill in our kids a love of learning and that an education is important. I just want to say, yes there are some poor teachers just like there are some poor students. Most of the blame has been placed on the teachers! well, what about the parents who are often unhelpful and the students who don't care. You can take a horse to water but you can't make them drink. Yes we can salt the oats but that doesn't solve the problem of lack of initiative.

I am also tired of people saying we have taken God and all sorts of other stuff out of school. No one stops a student from carrying around his Bible and no one stops them from praying. We just can't MAKE them pray like we want them too. I joked that as long as there are tests there will be prayer in school. I taught World History and believe you me we talked plenty about religions of the world. Quite often we found that most of the world's horrible massacres and evil was done in the name of someone's religion! And yes, Christianity too. Crusades!!

I think we need to worry about how to make our students want to learn and then let the teachers do what they have been trained to do! Other countries do better because they have parents that instill the need to have a good education and are present as a part of their education.

Money isn't the only answer but believe you me having classes with more than 40 kids isn't getting the job done. I found I had better results when I had fewer than 30 in the classroom. 30 was about maximum for the best learning. Now I will admit I had wonderful tools for my classroom and thank North Harrison for that. But you can't cut, cut, and cut and expect to do better. I can guarantee that it is a better bargain to let the public school system do the job than private or charter schools who can donate money to politicians and get them to cheat for them!!!


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