Kirby Posted: Feb 2, 2007 10:51 PM >I went there with Project VOTE!** in 1984 to encourage >the disenfranchised to enfranchise. Of course cynicism >was high, given all the corruption.
Very nice. It has gotten worse since then, you know. Much worse. Not that I am blaming you. What you did amounted to giving suffering people hugs and kisses. Hugs and kisses are great, especially if that is all you have to offer but, sadly, they do not cure aids, or violent crime, or public corruption.
The article I posted tells a sade tale of corruption and incompetence. Having seen, up close, the consequences of corruption and incompetence, how do you feel about giving corrupt and incompetent people yet more of your money? Would you not like at least an admission, from the responsible people, that they screwed up big time? How about some structural changes? I know structural change would make me feel better. And putting some people in jail for educational malpractice would be just peachy.
Speaking of educational malpractice, I hear teachers fancy themselves a profession. Real professions, like medicine and the law, have the concept of malpractice. Some might argue that the rules are not invoked often enough and they may well be right, but doctors and lawyers lose their licences all the time. And some even go to jail. Even accountants go jail, betimes, as in the Enron case.
Teachers do go to jail from time to time, but not for educational malpractice. They go to jail only for the same reasons anyone might go to jail: some kind of criminal activity like statutory rape or selling drugs.
I think if teachers really want to be counted among the professions, they need to show us the goods: a detailed definition of educational malpractice, with real consequences.