THE DIRTY DOZEN OF EDUCATIONby Lyn Olsen on Jan. 08, 2013, under Education
In my last blog, I wrote about how the worlds of educators and students are continuously growing further apart with educators seemingly more and more unable, or unwilling, to comprehend their students’ world, which has resulted in an educational system that is continuously worsening and ever-increasingly unable to serve their students.
Educators pride themselves greatly on how caring they are about their students and communities, but that leaves me greatly puzzled because if they are, then why do they believe it is okay for them to:
(1) Raise tuition at many colleges and universities at a pace far outpacing anything else, especially the paychecks of those they are supposed to serve?
(2) Raising tuition so high that students end up with debt ranging up into $100,000 to even a quarter of a million?
(3) Provide college programs in which students will graduate and only get an $8/hr job (and still have huge student debt)?
(4) Require students to purchase paperback textbooks, and oftentimes not that big, for $200 to $300 each?
(5) Require students to purchase NEW textbooks because a few exercises were changed or the student needs the computer access codes so they can’t buy used?
(6) Hire and promote people who have none to little experience in teaching or education at all, over highly qualified people who have many years experience and advanced degrees?
(7) Hire and promote people whose work history and performance have been poor including destruction of many programs and mistreatment of students?
(8) Being proud of themselves when they fail their students, rather than being proud when they have helped even the most disadvantaged of students to succeed even when it was thought to be impossible?
(9) Give themselves raises so many of them make six-figure salaries, even up to half a million or more while many of their working students earn around $15,000 to $20,000/yr?
(10) Call it teaching when they have little to no contact with students including online as well as regular classes, such as when teachers show up for 15 minutes for a 3-hour course and then leave or online courses where teachers have no contact with students?
(11) Bully their students and talk poorly about their students?
(12) Mistreating students under the auspice that students have no rights or recourse, but instead blaming students for everything that is wrong, even things that the educators are responsible for and then expecting students to fix what educators broke?
Come on educators, have a heart…for your students….or else leave and make room for those who do have a heart for their students because teaching is a too important life-changing opportunity that should be taken seriously and should be deeply respected which is being greatly jeopardized by those “educators” who don’t care.