Writing instructors everywhere (I include parents in this category):* save this Comment to show your students.
Here’s an African-American president, speaking to the NAACP, and arguing for reform in our schools and responsibility in our homes and community.
Notice the lack of any responsibility for schools. If school staff, the paid professionals, aren’t responsible for learning, why pay them?
And if parents are going to be responsible, then they should have the money, which they can then use to hire teachers if they think it’s worthwhile.
This is one of the most succinct rebuttals of an argument I have ever read.
It is a fantastically difficult feat to pull off.
As to Tracy's point, I would love to see a system where parents did the hiring, which is what is taking place in the world of homeschooling now.
I imagine that if parents did the hiring some teachers would establish 'private practices' while others might be employed by schools with an organizational structure similar to a community college, perhaps, or to a law firm. The school would employ teachers and provide health insurance, but would not assign students to classrooms. Parents would choose.
I can also imagine that these schools would have school-wide "positive behavior" systems in place, offering parents a happy and safe environment for their kids. For most parents, "happy and safe" is priceless, and such schools would be swamped with customers.
As in a law firm, teachers might have tenure; presumably they would also have a great deal more authority over what they teach and how they teach it.
* Mary Hake says that she helped all of her kids with their school writing assignments, and she advises parents to do the same. I'll get my interview with Mary assembled shortly.