Monday, March 30, 2009

Cafferty on Education -- a good essay

However, I do not agree, even in jest, that Marines should run our schools--or that Marine-type fear-driven discipline is the answer to achieving cooperation and a love for learning in the students. That kind of harsh bullying is not the way to inspire children! Better teaching methods and better trained teachers, who are consistent in their discipline but kind in their hearts--as well as strong parental involvement, encouragement, and praise, can instill in kids a desire to learn and to succeed in life. The No Child Left Behind program is not doing that job. Kids don't respond well when the teachers are fearful and drill-driven and not allowed to teach creatively and inspirationally. The numbers are proving this to be true.