Sunday, March 02, 2008

Finally it's been said

Barack Obama stated something that most teachers have been waiting to her for years.

"It's not good enough for you to say to your child, 'Do good in school,' and then when that child comes home, you've got the TV set on," Obama lectured. "You've got the radio on. You don't check their homework. There's not a book in the house. You've got the video game playing.
So turn off the TV set. Put the video game away. Buy a little desk. Or put that child at the kitchen table. Watch them do their homework. If they don't know how to do it, give 'em help. If you don't know how to do it, call the teacher."
It takes a lot of balls to finally call out the one group of people that the buck stops with, the parents. Yeah, I'm all for teacher accountability, and yeah there are bad teachers, but the problems with academics is driven by a lazy, apathetic society that speaks out of both sides of their mouths and refuses to follow up with action. Remember our Program Improvement status? Sure you do. Remember the parents that signed their kids out of taking the test, thus helping us right into Program Improvement? No, you don't hear about that do you.

Of course, let's also remember that Obama has talked a nice game, but has no real set agenda. Hell, crowds are screaming at him when he blows his nose and says, "Excuse me". Read more at the L.A. Times, and thanks to Joanne Jacobs (check blogroll) for the story.
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