FOR TWO YEARS IN A ROW.
Hey, I have an idea. Let’s have a bunch of people who aren’t teachers tell all the teachers how to teach.
Wait—no—better yet: have another group of people in state capitals tell the administrators who don’t teach tell the teachers how to teach.
Or—a fortiori better still—how about an even bigger group of people who aren’t teachers in Washington tell people in state capitals who aren’t teachers tell administrators in schools, who aren’t teachers, tell teachers how to teach. Because if there’s one thing you don’t need practical experience for, as anyone who’s ever tried to sell anything knows (especially something which the buyer knows he’s being forced to buy), it’s interacting with people.
Government-run education. What a great idea. The only thing that matters is enrollment and attendance, because when you’re in it for your piece of the fat sow, it’s not about the next generation’s chances at being fed, but only about how much bacon you get to fry for yourself on Saturday morning.
How’s that workin’ out for us so far?
Thanks, dear reader, should you ever find me, for being the gadfly of my discipline.
*We don’t actually know how many diplomas are affected, of course, since, as the article observes, if Jostens, makers of the diplomas (remind me again why we need a giant corporation to make diplomas), and school officials, guardians and validators of diplomas, both can’t be interested enough to look at what they say, why would we expect students, who “earn” them merely by attending school sometimes (I skipped school on average 1.2 days per week throughout four years of public high school), to look at them?