Sheriff Clarke on Education: Don’t poke the Big Dog I BITE BACK

Sheriff Clarke on Education: Don’t poke the Big Dog I BITE BACK

Sheriff David Clarke tweeted regarding the issue of failed Leftist education policies.

He is painfully aware of how the Left uses people as pawns in a political game for voting numbers, agenda and financial gain.

Like clockwork, Leftist attack animals emerged from their rat holes to attack. They reported Sheriff Clark to Twitter.

Even Leftist social media platform Twitter agreed with Sheriff Clarke.

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Moreover, several teachers across the nation agree with Sheriff Clarke and are appalled by the behavior at Ballou High School. Citing a recent article that addressed this query, several teachers anonymously voice their opinion in the NPR ED article.

We’ve also gotten word from teachers around the nation who read, listened to or found the story on Facebook. They told us of similar stories where they are: chronic absenteeism, a reliance on methods like credit recovery and makeup work to graduate students, as well as pressure teachers say they feel to pass unprepared kids.

“This happens everywhere. I hate the days grades are due. So much nonsense, accepting garbage work, ‘adjusting’ grades, pressure to ‘work with students’, etc.” Jen Stephens, Facebook.

“The same thing is happening in Chicago Public Schools! Our attendance rate is 96%, but most of it is altered. We are also not allowed to fail anyone … but IF you dare fail anyone there better be mounds of paper work and they better not be a senior. Five teachers left last year and for 4 of them it was all because they couldn’t ethically continue to work here.” A teacher in Illinois.

“Just retired after 35 years of teaching the sciences in Public Schools. This is not news. It has been going on for years. We, as teachers, have been sounding the alarm … but no one listened. Students are not taught how to think for themselves but to pass standardized tests compiled by textbook/testing companies who are in bed with state legislatures.” On Facebook, Kathleen O’Nale.

So it’s clear that Ballou High School is not an outlier, but instead the norm.

Clearly the education system in America has failed. However, because of the teachers’ unions little has been done to improve things. And let’s face it, Democrat policies haven’t made things easy outside of school. 

Families no longer stress education, and see a good education as a way out.

Below are more comments from people who recognized that Sheriff Clarke is right.

“I know you have received a lot of responses like this but I just HAD to add mine because while I was reading your most recent story. I was FLOORED because I thought for sure you must be talking about the school I work at! … Almost every single detail from the make-up work packets to the students who only show up for half a day every 15 days to avoid truancy matched with my experiences exactly.” A teacher in Richmond Public Schools, Va.

“Reading this article and the quotes from teachers, I felt like there were lines that have been taken out of the conversations I have with my coworkers … At the conclusion of my first year in this district, 2008-2009, I said beside two senior teachers … who asked about a few students walking across the stage, “How in the world is he graduating? He didn’t pass my class.” We want them to pass, but not at the expense of an actual education. I much rather have kids hate me now than to resent me later.” A high school teacher in Baltimore City Schools.

“I am a special education teacher and I see this phenomenon happening way too often in charter schools in South Central Los Angeles, always aiming for 100% college acceptance. High expectations are good, but not if you don’t back it up with social services, therapy for families, and rigorous work for students. Sometimes I hear kids say, ‘Oh just test low and they put you in one of those (special ed) classes with easy work.’ That’s not what special education is for, but many struggling low income families have kids identified as special needs when it’s a combination of poverty, lack of parental support, English as a second language, and other reasons.” On Facebook, Crystal Kopp.

“I am contacting you in hopes that you will continue to investigate the blatant fraud perpetrated by these schools and, if other teachers are to be believed, by virtually every school … We’re the adults, we know better, we’re doing this to our children, our future, and it’s wrong. This isn’t what I got into education for, and trying to swim against the tide is exhausting and disheartening. Eventually I will probably follow many other teachers and leave the profession that I love knowing that it’s the coward’s way out and having to live the rest of my life with the shame of having given up the good fight.” A teacher in South Carolina.

As you read these teachers’ stories, you get a sense of their frustration. Comments like “swimming against the tide”, and so on.

Others described the situation Ballou High School as the situation at their schools. 

“I am writing simply to say that you described my former teaching experience almost exactly. There are some areas that were not quite so bad, but the majority of what you described matches my own experiences very closely. You have expressed every argument I have been making for the past several years, and aside from having other teachers agree with me, I see very little progress or hope for it. After seeing no brightness on the future of my profession, I resigned over the summer to work as a substitute until I can find another position that is not so morally compromising.” Teacher in Sarasota, Fla.

“I wanted to reach out to you to just let you know that many of my colleagues have been discussing the practices exposed in your article, and to us, sadly they are all too familiar … I fully believe that these types of practices are normal in the current state of education. If not normal, at least widespread. When legislators try to rank schools on graduation rates, there is an incentive to manipulate the numbers. Schools are no longer holding kids accountable, and credit recovery is a total joke … We have also endured pressure to pass kids that didn’t earn it, and have excessive absences, give 50% instead of zeros, and take make up work up until the last minute. It makes me very afraid if the future.” Teacher in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Let’s hope that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos continues to make ripples in the government “miseducation” monopoly. She would certainly have the backing of the best problem-solving president in modern times.




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