Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Women Ruined Schools?
A few years ago some dimwitted Harvard (Graduate School of Education) broad told me - out at a bar in Brooklyn - that the schools weren't doing well because of *rich people*.
She said that if only those wealthy bastards would keep their kids in government schools then magically Big Education would be a success.
It is amazing how to the neo-Commi's everything can conveniently be blamed on the rich. Certainly if the setting was 1930s Germany this young lady and her ilk would've been scapegoating the Jews.
But to shift topics...
Most people agree that the school system fell apart (whatever that means) gradually beginning around 1950.
So why did it stop working?
Is it because the textbooks became *revisionist*? Because the welfare state was growing? Because of teachers' unions? Because of moral decay and rising divorce rates? Or, like dimwit said, because of private schools stealing the best students?
How about this theory which I'm sure many people have never heard:
Schools worked back in the day because the smartest, most competent women in America became teachers.
Understand that 60+ years ago females didn't go to law school, med school, or slave away for corporate America. But today they do.
Consider my wife. She majored in Elementary Education and Economics at Boston College. She student-taught 5th grade during college but opted to become a stock broker upon graduation. There was no way she, "...was going to deal with all that bull$hit in schools."
Only a Moron would think that one day in the future our best women (and men) will return to teach at government schools.
They just could never raise salaries high enough to entice highly competent people - not in the numbers they would need to make a difference anyway.
Essentially, when it did *work* the school system was subsidized by male chauvinism.
So in that sense it was never really a natural success - a point all these tinkering *reformers* (charter school and voucher advocates, et al) would do well to consider.