An educational reform that seems obvious

If I had the power, I’d give public school teachers who teach in high-crime and high-poverty areas the equivalent of combat pay, so that their wages would be equal to the wages of teachers in affluent, safe suburbs.

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8 Responses to “An educational reform that seems obvious”

  1. mark adams Says:

    Your message has good intention and I agree;but, the wording is insensitive to inner city students. A-day-in-their-shoes shows most students are not violent. A single student may disrupt the class. ” High crime high poverty …makes for combat pay” implies students are the enemy. They are doing the best with the cards they have been dealt in life. It is a half a deck of cards and they struggle to survive. These children are my patients. The question, “Who is at fault for the failing city schools” is one in which we all must look in the mirror.

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    • philebersole Says:

      I think that, as a society, we Americans spend too much time looking in the mirror, and too little time observing what is going on around us. Self-blame doesn’t change anything.

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  2. mark adams Says:

    Blame doesn’t change anything but understanding one is part of the problem is motivation for change. Anyone can sit and type out sophistry. That sort of complaining means nothing. Most of us are out there every day observing what is going on and noting what is no longer applicable. Those of us who are active are part of the change and part of the solution. Much of the rant I have been reading was outdated back in the 70’s. Change may be started by the disgruntled, the young, the unemployed and those who force improvement on a broken system. Old white men sitting in meetings or telling other people how to live their lives may no longer be the best solution. Looking in the mirror is the first step to recognizing the problem. Sometimes the truth hurts.

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    • philebersole Says:

      Well, Mark, if your remarks are directed specifically at me, I do not claim that my web log is a force for social change. It is a vehicle for me to share thoughts and information with whoever may be interested. I am pleased that there are individuals such as yourself who find my posts worthy of reading and commenting on.

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  3. Mark Adams Says:

    Phil, I am also pleased this site exists. I’m a little surprised at you P.E. The irony was not obvious? “I am the one in the mirror.” Although my icon in the upper right corner does not show it, I am the old white man typing sophistry. Specific to what I implied, as much as I dislike the term “melting pot”, we are a nation of broadly diverse people rather than that of our founding fathers. This single fact disturbs many ! We are male, female, young, old, all colors, all religions, rich, poor. You see where I am going with this. Being white male and employed does not make me right. It does not make me better and most importantly, it does not give me the right to judge others. We are no longer a nation of “that” majority making decisions. I am pleased to see that happening during my life.

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    • philebersole Says:

      Mark, take it from me as one who worked 40 years on newspapers, you can never count on irony being obvious. Experience taught me never to write parody or satire without a note pointing out that “this is parody” or “this is satire,” and even then some people would not get it.

      I don’t think that what you write is sophistry (though I don’t necessarily agree with all of it) and I don’t see why you should beat up on yourself for being an old white man. But maybe you mean this in an ironic way that I don’t quite get.

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  4. Mark Adams Says:

    Phil, I am not beating myself up. I am beating up a system which has been run almost exclusively by rich old Christian white men. That which no longer functions as it did in the good old days. This is obvious to me although not to you: “though I don’t necessarily agree with all of it.” My irony or satire is not appropriate to you or on this site without a disclaimer. How about the term “Absurd” ? I believe our system of government is badly flawed and is absurd. ONLY Twenty three years ago the first Black Governor was elected (Douglas Wilder,1990 Va) . Less than 100 years ago the first woman was elected to a Federal Government position as U.S. House of Representative(Jeannette Rankins, Mont.) How many of our elected officials in D.C. are multi-millionaires? If not while in office they become rich lobbyists who run this country by means of corporations. When women receive the same pay as men, when black men can walk down the street and not be legally murdered we can say we live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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    • philebersole Says:

      Mark, I’m in favor of equal rights for everyone. I don’t see how this is furthered by you or me kicking ourselves in the pants for what we are by accident of birth.

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