American students do poorly on standardized tests for math and science when you compare them to students in Europe and Asia.
Why is that?
American kids are not stupid. Far from it. American kids are some of the brightest in the world.
Could the problem be the teachers and the education system? An incident out of North Carolina points out what could be a problem.
A YouTube video uploaded on Monday afternoon apparently shows a schoolteacher from the Rowan-Salisbury school district in North Carolina informing a student that failing to be respectful of President Obama is a criminal offense. Breitbart News has uncovered that the student is a high school junior, and that the teacher is apparently one Tanya Dixon-Neely.
The video shows a classroom discussion about the Washington Post hit piece about Mitt Romney bullying a kid some five decades ago. One student says, “Didn’t Obama bully someone though?” The teacher says: “Not to my knowledge.” The student then cites the fact that Obama, in Dreams from My Father, admits to shoving a little girl. “Stop, no, because there is no comparison,” screams the teacher. Romney is “running for president. Obama is the president.”
The student responds that both are “just men.”
The teacher yells -- literally yells -- that Obama is “due the respect that every other president is due … Listen,” she continues, “let me tell you something, you will not disrespect the president of the United States in this classroom.” She yells over the student repeatedly, and yells at him that it's disrespect for him to even debate about Romney and Obama.
The student says that he can say what he wants.
“Not about him, you won’t,” says the teacher.
The teacher then tells the student – wrongly – that it is a criminal offense to say bad things about a president. “Do you realize that people were arrested for saying things bad about Bush? Do you realize you are not supposed to slander the president?”
The student says that it would violate First Amendment rights to jail someone for such sentiments. “You would have to say some pretty f’d up crap about him to be arrested,” says the student. “They cannot take away your right to have your opinion … They can’t take that away unless you threaten the president.”
Clearly this teacher would prefer to be back in her favorite county, the old Soviet Union.
This is the problem. We have so many teachers who are far left wing nuts who are more interested in political indoctrination than they are in teaching. America has been throwing money at the education system for seventy years.
All we have to show for it are teachers’ unions, massive educational bureaucracies and test scores that get worse every year. In many cities, while the unions enjoy lucrative contracts that protect even the worst teacher from being fired, the graduation rate plummets to 50%.
This teacher? Not only was she not fired, according to press reports; she is still on the job.
It is safe to say, anything those kids learn is in spite of her, not because of her.
This teacher should not be allowed in any class room.
I fought with the idot teachers in So Cal. They couldnt even explain fractions so the kids could understand it. They tried to teach them estimating before they knew how to add subtract multiply and divide. If it wasnt for me helping them at home they would be iliterate!!!! We should demand that this teacher be fired and never allowed in a classroom again.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The kids don't learn because the teachers don't teach. ( some do and some care but to many are just indocrinating.
The referenced video:
About 1minute and 15 seconds into the video is when the Useful Idiot teacher(?) starts tuning up her obama indoctrination credentials. Judson . . . . .with school teachers(?) like this, it understandable why we're somewhere around 30th in the world in education.
Thank goodness . . . . . we do have good schools, with good school teachers, but, unfortunately they are being replaced by fully indoctrinated body snatchers from losing (not leading) universities and colleges.
If, Tanya Dixon-Neely is a "social studies teacher" then I am a Jet Pilot !
I can't believe she was telling students that "You can be arrested for saying bad things about the "prez a dent" !
The students seemed to know more about their Constitutional Rights than Neely !
I am not a racist. I am from N.C. and you can certainly tell this teacher is Black. Don't get upset with me because I'm not afraid to tell the truth. I am so angry after listening to her. Why should I be surprised with what came out of her mouth!!!?? This woman DEFINITELY needs to be taken out of the classroom! If I were that parent my butt would be marching up to that school!
She sounds like the teachers I had to endure during my years from montissori preschool through college. I am 42 years old and was (un)educated by the liberal public education system. I was 36 years old when I finally heard about "conservatives." I had never heard any other viewpoint except the left's view all my life. I never agreed with my teachers, but I didn't know there was an alternative to liberalism. Over the past six years, I have purchased hundreds of conservative minded books and have been re-educating myself to the truth that was hidden from me for most of my life. This young student is much wiser than his teacher. Instead of allowing discussion on the topic she brought up, she uses intimidation to stifle his opinion that she is incapable of understanding or respecting. I hope it does not take another 40 years to undo the damage that the liberals have caused in several generations of students. I pray that it doesn't.
I don't wonder at all. This is what we got when old radicals like Bill Ayers grew up and became the college professors who teach teachers how to teach and what to think. And how to teach children what to think, not how to think.
"Education is the engine that drives the revolution." -Ayers to Hugo Chavez
They certainly are not meant for union members or Taliban. That leaves anyone who does not support fed funding of abortion or contraceptives. If fact, anyone who believes there is a God and that govt is not the savior is a prospect for re-education. Lot's of reeducated people in Laos, Cambodia, and Viet Nam after the US withdrew from the war police action. Even more political prisoners in Russia, Venezuela, and China are being re-educated according to the demands of the State. This is happening today!
Has anyone got the "political line" about what these trucks are for? Since, they look like "prisoner cages mounted on trucks"...inquriing minds want to know.