Thursday, August 7, 2014
Position Paper # 1 – A Call for Systemic Change in the Public Educational Institution in the United States
The following paper is presented at the Here’s What I’m Thinking impromptu Thursday conference called The Educational Institution – Mediocrity at its Best.
Since a Nation At Risk was published when books were made from paper, we have watch changes occur in the educational institution of America. Most of it is not good making teaching a pretty risky business. It is a wonder instruction is even considered as an element of the school day, which by the way is 24/7. Administrators, teachers and staff must shelter, protect, feed and test students, who do not have English as a third or fourth language, let alone as a second, while not violating any of anyone’s civil and/or constitutional rights or religious beliefs. A former Texas Commissioner of Education used to say “The students are not negotiable.” Neither is this requirement. “The wearing of pants is not negotiable.” It seems an Oklahoma high school teacher was arrested on her first day on the job allegedly appearing at school drunk and without wearing pants. The said teacher was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication when teachers said they walked into a classroom to find her intoxicated and partially dressed, though no students were present. Therefore it is the position of this author that pants must be worn while in a public school setting. Contact your legislative representative encouraging him or her to pass legislation requiring pants in the classroom. For those of you in the TEA Party and on the SBOE, this translates into a statue that reads like this – “Thou shall not run nekked in the schools, unless Jesus did it.”
But wait, there’s more! The teacher was allowed to keep her job with a one-week suspension. Fire that person! Is the educational institution so hard up that it must keep extremely overweight, intoxicated, san pants teachers in the system? Now that mediocrity at its finest.