If you want to thank someone for the crappy educational system that your kids suffer through, thank:
Race to the Top,
No Child Left Behind,
The Secretary of Education,
The book and test publishers,
Your local school board and superintendents
Your state education officials.
The billionaire deformers.
Nowhere did I mention teachers. They get the blame but they are not to blame.
All of the above created the teaching to the test, the test calendar, no mastery of skills, no remediation or review of skills--the schools of today.
When the students are learning for the periodic tests and not for the next grades; when the students are learning for the end of the year tests and not for life; and when the students are not mastering the skills that are the foundations of the next grades’ skills blame the people above.
No one blames anyone but the teachers--yet no one asks the teachers for advice or counsel or opinions or how things are going—they just blame them for everything.
Tests scores and anything else that the downtown bureaucrats and their servants the principals can find to blame on the teachers they will.