Thanks again David for bringing a problem to the front. I agree with Timbo on one hand that teachers do need to be accountable to someone. I worked in the corporate world for many years before returning to graduate school and becoming a counselor. So I have experience with evaluations and performance appraisals in this arena. And there is some "dead-weight" in education just like in any profession. And I agree with Magenta (shocking ) that the dead weight is at the top. The trickle down is crumbs. But the dead weight in Nashville will keep justifying their existence with numbers and stats. However, the amount of money spent on testing is absurd. I don't have the answers to all the problems, but I can for sure tell you that the Tn. Dept. of Education is staffed by people who do not see human beings, they only see statistics. And as I said last week, until you get the parents/parent/guardian invested and interested in their kid's education, nothing will change. The teachers are not only responsible for teaching the kid, they are now charged with raising them too, and if something goes wrong, these are the people who are the first to complain. And the state of TN. requires Nothing from the parents. NOTHING. And before someone cries foul on my part, I am not talking ALL Parents. But we do have a massive amount of people who are taking taking from the system and giving nothing back. They scam the system, take advantage of the system, and do nothing. It's generational too. I try to get my students to understand that they need to get their diploma/degree, and they need to work and provide. Nothing should be handed out..but they are living in an environment where they see just that..hand outs and scamming. No work ethic, parents using drugs, and living off other people. Why should they graduate and get a job. They don't have to, someone else will pay them to sit at home.
To Magenta: You must not work in public education. Too many of our parents are scamming the system. They don't want to work much less help their kid with homework. I am actually not talking out of my ^$*@# as you said, but with the experience and knowledge of being a counselor in a school..so I actually deal with the parents who are doing meth instead of taking care of their kids. There are great parents who love and take care of their children and put them first. There are great parents who are poor and need help who take care of their kids and want a better life for their kids...but my experience is with a population who are scamming the system, who don't want to work, who don't want to take care of their children, and would not help with homework if their "check" depended on it. And these are the parents who are the first to complain when "their baby" has a problem..and it's the teachers fault?? Maybe you need to come and work with me for a day or two, and you might change your opinion. Thanks David for bringing a terrible subject to the front of the heap...
I love love love you Clay Bennett!! You better bring that Pulitzer back to Chattanooga. I loved the cartoon last week with the rainbow pencil on the tax form...brilliant!! Keep it up, only the idiots/bigots in Chattanooga get mad....love love love you again..
Bravo Bravo Bravo David Cook....the state and the powers that be need to frame your column today! Kevin Huffman is such a joke as is the rest of the "education" dept. in the state. They havent' a clue as to what teachers deal with on a daily basis. What they should be doing is making the parents accountable, and not putting it all on the backs of teachers. But some parents are too busy scamming the system, hanging out with their friends, and doing drugs to help their kid learn, and when the kid fails, it's the teachers fault??!! Right...great column...Love Love Love YOu
PS: A friend of mine was struggling to put up a tent post at a festival in Cleveland once..it was while he was sheriff and running for Congress. He came running into the tent to help her, until he realized she was a reporter for a local paper that usually had nothing good to say about him..Being the testy guy he is, he dropped the post and walked out, but not before he said a nasty comment to her about her reporting skills..and btw his usual tenure is about two years, so East Ridge be grateful..his time is almost up!!
TIm Gobble is an ego-maniac...from the Secret Service to Cleveland City Council, Cleveland EMA, Bradley County Sheriff, his run for Congress ( now that was a total joke! ) and now East Ridge! When will people learn, he is trouble with a capital T. I went to Cleveland High School with Tim, and there he was pretty much a nothing, a zero, scrawny, unpopular kid..you get the idea. So he grows up ( laughing )and gets all these jobs in the public sector on the taxpayers dime, and blows them all. He is incapable of getting along with people..obviously. Where you have Tim, you have trouble. His brother owns a business in Cleveland fixing cars, and he totally rips people off. They are two like minded people...oh and btw..they grew up in the Church of Christ..there every time the doors are open..it's always the "churchiest" people who are the "scummiest!!" Please Tim when you get booted from East Ridge next week, dont try for another job in Cleveland...just go away..you are a sad pathetic, dishonest person.
I LOVE YOU CLAY BENNETT!!!!