Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 7 years ago

Are government teachers the problem?

"The problem":

-12/7/07 Washington Post: “The scores from the 2006 Program for International Student Assessment showed that U.S. 15-year-olds trailed their peers from many industrialized countries. The average science score of U.S. students lagged behind those in 16 of 30 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a Paris-based group that represents the world's richest countries. The U.S. students were further behind in math, trailing counterparts in 23 countries.”

-3/9/11 AP: An estimated 82 percent of U.S. schools could be labeled as "failing" under the nation's No Child Left Behind Act this year, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday. "We should get out of the business of labeling schools as failures and create a new law that is fair and flexible, and focused on the schools and students most at risk," Duncan said. [Translation: we'll lower standards…again]

-9/24/12 "SAT Reading Scores Are the Lowest in 40 Years"

It's certainly not the money:

- In constant (inflation adjusted) 2008 dollars the amount spent per pupil in 1960 was $3,394; in 2007 it was $12,463 -- that's FOUR TIMES MORE within two generations.

- National Center for Education Statistics: Average salaries for full-time teachers in public and private elementary and secondary schools: 2007-08

-Government school teachers: $53,230

-Private school teachers: $39,690

6 Answers

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Yes. But, those are the teachers that the government knew that they could buy. So, they knew they would have, at least, these robots programmed for obedience.

  • onio
    Lv 4
    7 years ago

    I do not believe that public school teachers are the problem. nor that private teachers are better. In Florida the Republican led assault on public school teachers proved to be an embarrassment when the charter schools they promoted as being able to improve the test scores failed to do so they attempted to change the rules to adjust the scores. It was all exposed in the press by their own email correspondent. The republican are attempting to weaken the public schools because their union and other public sector unions tend to lean towards the democrats. They seek to replace them with private schools ( with public money) because they tend to donate and promote republicanism.

    There are many other factors such as poverty, single parent raising children and being overworked and not enough time is being used or available to guide the child in his education. Some parents are not doing a good job at helping their children. As for the pay difference between the public and private school teachers it seems they are both grossly underpaid and the private school is worse.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    7 years ago


    The problem is a society...a single parent society...that has nothing but contempt for education. American society...consisting of parents...who do not value education. Until we fix society we can throw as much money behind education as we want to.

    You can blame teachers all you want, but they are not the problem. The problem is the parents and the dependent entitlement society that we have created. They don't want to earn or work for the education. Like everything else, they want it given to them. When it is not, they fail.

    And government can't fix that.

  • 7 years ago

    That's too much to read. You're part of the problem. Teachers only need to teach the Bible and public school teachers never use it in class. Public school teachers are all Socialist, Communist Muslims and they probably come from Kenya.

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  • Patch
    Lv 5
    7 years ago

    The problem is POVERTY. On average poor kids do worse in school than rich kids. Nutrition and respect for education are the sorts of triggers that cause this.

    This has been proven and there is plenty of data to back it up.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    how many times are you going to basically ask the same question over and over?

    at what point does it become spam?

    I barely answered one of them and you have two more?

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