Stop Blaming Teachers for Failing Education: Place the Blame Where it is Deserved

Johnny is failing in science while Jessica graduated high school unable to read proficiently and Stacy has no clue how to add and subtract. Many kids in school today can’t spell correctly and several of them are unable to complete basic math skills. Test scores are declining and everyone is upset. Teachers are the first people everyone blames for failing education. It is time to stop blaming the teachers for failing test scores and students not learning and put the blame where it is deserved-on the government and school administrators.

One thing that many people don’t realize is that teachers do not plan their own curriculum for the most part anymore. Most teachers have to follow strict guidelines that are put into place by the government. They are also given “programs” they are required to use in teaching.  Teachers are the ones who went to college to study educations students, they are the ones in the classroom and who know what students need but they do not have a say in what programs they use to teach their students.

Even if students are not proficient in a grade teachers can’t hold them back. They can suggest that the student is not ready to move forward but it is up to the parents to hold their child back a grade. Most teachers know whether or not holding a student back will benefit him. Many parents don’t listen though and move their child forward where he remains below average and struggles.

Administration puts so much pressure on teachers holding their jobs on the line for every aspect of education that teachers allow open ended due dates which in the end are detrimental to students. Students are just like everyone else, they will take advantage of extended due dates thinking they can catch up later. However the snowball effect kicks in when later comes and they don’t have enough time to catch up. If they had been given definite due dates most students would have adhered to them and completed their work on time.

So much importance is placed on standardized test scores that administrations are selecting inadequate programs that teachers are expected to use when teaching students. Then the teachers are blamed when the kids fail the tests. Many teachers have to focus so hard on test scores that they are unable to educate their students.

Teachers do more than just educate students, they nurture them too. There are a lot of expectations placed on teachers and they have no control over what they teach most of the neither time nor do they have control of how they teach it. The blame needs to be placed on the government and administrators.  Education needs to be put back into the hands of the educators and removed from the hands of those who sit in an office having no clue what it takes to properly teach a child.

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Kim Miller

About Kim Miller

I am a single mom of two sons, 15 and 18 years old. I also have an 8 month old grandson. I recently earned my BA in Elementary Education and am working toward an MA in Elementary Education. I love working with children and watching them learn.

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