> Very nice. It has gotten worse since then, you > 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.
Actually, what we did was hand out voter registration forms. That's it. Better'n uzis.
> The article I posted tells a sade tale of > 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?
Corrupt people don't usually admit to anything. They slink off before getting caught, if at all possible.
> 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.
Again, our strategy @ Americans for Civic Participation was to encourage participation in the political process. Of course that's corrupt too. Of course that's why we encourage participation, vs. yielding to apathy. Which reminds me, weren't we supposed to be seeing new gov't specificiations re voting machines sometime this January. I could have sworn... I'll go back and check the media.
> 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 > 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. > > Haim > Je me souviens
That's a fair demand I suppose. But look at it this way: we all live with the consequences of poor education (call it what you will -- war on terror?).
We live in intellectual squalor, suffer living standards way way below what we might experience, were we to not malpractice the way we do. The wages of sin, ya know.
And another thing: it's *everyone's* responsibility to teach. Don't hesitate to call yourself one. As to whether you're a pro... it's up to each school to set standards.