Virtually everyone has an opinion about our educational system and especially
what is wrong with it. Many of the opinions are based more on emotion and frustration
than on hard facts and proven research. These discussions crop up in almost every
imaginable situation. As we become involved in such discussions it is useful to know the
awareness level of other discussants. In some cases discretion is the better part of valor
and we should simply remove ourselves from the conversation, because the proponent
is not in a discussion. S/he has an axe to grind and is looking for a victim.
Identifying the Crackpots
The first step is to ignore the naysayers. Do not get involved in discussions with
them. It is not going to change anything and it has an opportunity cost for you in terms
of your valuable time. Many of these most vociferous critics have not been in or near a
school since their own graduation, if in fact they did. They certainly are not PTA
members or volunteers in their local schools. They have completely made up their
minds and no new information is going to cause them to reconsider. The worst of these
critics simply want to wind back the clock to the way it used to be when they were kids.
They have reduced the issues to their most simplistic terms. Some of the issues they
contend have led us to the current situation are;
If someone begins a discussion with you about the current state of our schools
and alludes to any of these oversimplified ”causes” of the problem, run don’t walk to
the furthest spot away from them.
If nothing else it will serve not to reinforce their views by being considerate enough
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