As most of my closer Mn Prager Group associates know, I used to teach various social studies mostly in senior high schools in Minneapolis. I enjoyed teaching these students, but when I left 37 years ago, high school education in Minneapolis was in free fall, a shameful collapse, primarily due to forced busing for racial “balance” by judicial fiat. Even then, when I had been elected president of a school’s faculty council, I remarked early and often: “Teachers are over paid for what they accomplish and underpaid for what they endure.” I have not changed my mind on the matter.
American education in general has significantly deteriorated since then. This following email was sent to me from four different sources, all conservatives, of course, but as far as I know, not at all interconnected. I am pleased to share it with you. It is entitled:
“Nominee for Email of the Year”———-
After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said:
‘Let me see if I’ve got this right.
‘You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning.
‘You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride.
‘You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job.
‘You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the final exams.
‘You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.
‘You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.
‘You want me to do all this and then you tell me. . . I CAN’T PRAY?