Who To Blame For Failed Schools?

Oh, no. A comedian and a pop singer have gone viral with their debate
over school reform. I think this means we're all doomed. First,
comedian Bill Maher issued one of his "new rules" about what to do when
schools aren't doing so well. Watch it below or read it here

Then, yesterday, crooner John Legend issued his stinging but respectful
rebuttal here.


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  • Both men bring up very good points. There is always at least one bad apple in the basket. But how can you justify firing teachers from a classroom full of students who have problems at home? A problem at home the night before a big test means a bad test result.

    Parents need to be held accountable, just like teachers. When parents tell the teacher "It's your problem, you are the teacher." or "I don't have time for this." how can the teacher respond? When a parent doesn't show up for a meeting, or even to pick up the report card, what do you do?
    When a parent doesn't even know the room number or teacher's name, there is a problem.

    Yes, there are some very good parents who keep on top of things while working two jobs. But there are many more who don't care. And it doesn't help when the parent has no respect for the teacher.

  • In reply to ladyfair:

    Both are correct to some degree. But only 10% of Chicago public school students graduate college, I just don't believe that 90% of their parents are terrible. I went to a chicago public schools in the 1960's, at the top grade school until 3rd grade, then worse schools, still considered "good" in the district. My IQ went DOWN, even though I kept straight 'A's. The teachers were near retirement and pretty awful. I can count the good ones on one hand, and I went to Northwestern. But I had YEARS of bad teaching in high school to retake classes in at college.

  • The education headlines were starting to be redundant...Obama/Duncan are treading down and they needed the proverbial red herring. Diane Ravitch is a powerful advocate...

  • Still waiting on a solid bit of evidence showing that closing/restructuring failing schools can correct the supposed problem of "bad teachers." Do we think that somehow this whole 5-10% bracket of teachers are working only at failing schools? And do we buy into the idea that if they're all fired only the good ones at the schools will continue teaching?

  • LMAO...hi ho, indeed!

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