Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Blame Game

A recent AP Stanford University Poll on Education indicates that 68% surveyed believe parents deserve heavy blame for what's wrong in the U.S. education system.
Those who said parents are to blame were more likely to cite a lack of student discipline and low expectations for students as serious problems in schools. They were also more likely to see fighting and low test scores as big problems.
At the same time, a study sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation purports that teacher effectiveness is the best way to determine what's right or wrong in the education system. 

So who is to blame?

I guess it depends on who's conducting the survey.

There's plenty of blame to spread around - enough for all! There are also too many factors contributing to this problem that are not easily measured. How do I measure student motivation for example?

It would be nice if we could all stop pointing fingers and just get down to finding solutions. Lots of money is going into conducting studies and polls...hmmm.