School's Out...But How Far?
Congratulations to the current graduates from Loudoun County schools. I hope you continue in your pursuit for knowledge and obtaining a quality life. I am very concerned, though, for what is being taught to our children and whether we are creating a better environment for them to build upon. Let me explain to you why I am worried about this countrys' future.
I dated a school teacher from the Fairfax County school system for many years and she had many complaints about how the system was being run. She also was afraid to speak out on issues for fear of losing her job which, as I found out from other sources, was quite an easy feat and without needed explaination as to why. I guess you have to be "invited" back for the following year and your grade levels and studies are dictated to you by others. I guess you don't want to make enemies.
She also informed me that a "select" group of teachers (I can't recall who chose the group) were resposible for picking the textbooks for the up-coming school year (done every 2 years, I believe) and that the teachers teaching the subject had to become familiar with the text. Herein lies the problem. There are numerous companies that publish school textbooks and they are not held culpable for their content. What that means is that you can omit, stay heavy on one single aspect for a majority of the book, or even editorialize certain aspects. A select group picks for everyone. Based on their beliefs. This to me is dangerous.
My daughters did go to the Loudoun County school system and I have seen and had issue with some of the textbooks. Civil War was a slave issue, no 2nd Amendment right (and sometimes the Bill of Rights was never spelled out at all, only mentioned!), learning about the world politics over the United States, etc. Books that don't mention the founding Fathers' belief in God and Gods' laws and how they are incorperated into our own laws. My second daughter was pulled out of the public system and sent to a church school after the 3rd grade. Enough was enough.
I have been to the school (in the public school system) on many occasions from the bullies to the indignities of the teachers. As of 2 years ago, I know that many teaching positions were held by individuals without 4 year college degrees or even teaching credentials. My daughters' teachers all have 4 year and half have masters degrees. The public system makes you get thru required segments of text to complete a study but only have time for slow learners after school as there are so many students in a classroom and there is no time to dwell. My daughters class is half the size, longer in length of time and everyone is brought to the same understanding before continuation of a study. No child left behind. And they still finish the required curiculum. There is no dress code in school anymore and students have to vie for a spot of acceptance. My daughters school-everyone dresses the same so we act as a group. There is no peer pressure. My daughter also has Bible studies and has to say the Pledge of Allegiance. I used to do that in school. Public school. The county system to educate one student is over $12,000 dollars. My daughters school is one-third that amount. And teachers get raises on 3 criteria-individual student scores in relation to national average (have to remain above), parents report card on teacher and school committee. That is what you call working for a living. Yet the do it for love and the reward of future leaders with values.
What I am trying to point out here is this; we as county residences cry out for a better school system and better schools and feel that if we throw enough money at it that it will come to past. My conclusion is that a good school system will cost LESS money and give more reward. Teachers' raises are almost always in the yearly school bill (which the state also gives as part of their school offering) but we don't get as many teachers that teach for the love of the job and the tremendous good feeling that comes with molding and nurturing our future gatekeepers. Gatekeepers. Those that take control and guard the gates of the kingdom. The United States of America. Can we afford to remove God from our lives and laws and expect to find decency in any generation? We need to instill morals at home and school at the earliest of ages. Reward it and promote it. This is the beginning. We need textbooks that tell nothing but the TRUTH and focuses on the success of our country. Doing this helps to show what we are and what others can become or bring about in their countries. That means being role models. We have lost so many over the course of time. And Bill Clinton or Paris Hilton are not role models. Although they are both scumbags, my daughter and I pray that they may change their hearts someday.
It is summer break. I suggest that we start getting honest textbooks, make sure our teachers are qualified and get those that love the art of teaching. I have to thank my parents as teachers and the teachers in school that cared enough about me and my future to take that extra effort so that I could succeed. I didn't do bad. I may not be financially well-off but I have so many more riches than others and I am happy with who I am and where I am. I have morals, values, insight and I care way too much to sit idly by while the ruination of our culture and country marches before my very eyes. It starts at home but the schools have been empowered with the trust of knowledge. Don't let our children down. Act now.
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