Absolutely, utterly, pathetically, insultingly worthless anecdote.
Anecdote?? We do empirical studies and active intervention analysed by professionals in data analysis, education, psychology and experts in content knowledge.
By comparison your assinine list includes things like
(reason 19) "Barack Hussein Obama, mm, mm, mm."
Is that supposed to be more valuable than the experience of educators like myself??
You are patheitc.
We have the numbers.
No Droopy, we
(scientists and educators) have numbers.
We have the test scores.
Yes, I/we analyse them.
We have the studies.
do the studies and analyse them in light of good understanding of statistics, psychology, and in light of what our experience in the field (where you are not) with students and having had experience with funding issues etc.
We have the surveys.
Again, that would be we
By state, by city, and according to international comparisons, thirty some years of them, and they all point in exactly the same direction.
Riiight. Everything for you and your hack buddies points in one direction: To rightist, quasi-racist political preconcieved conclusions. Every bit of data is interpreted by force to fit with the simple minded conservative worship of free market and profit.
The almost complete degeneration of American public schooling is long standing, common knowledge. There is no question, no argument, and no disagreement here among anyone with the slightest education or lingering remains of normal adult intelligence.
What you fail to understand are the significances, causes, the implications and the myriad subtle realities indiscernible to people like you who have no experience with teaching or with students. The free market is powerless to fix what is broken here and you can't say otherwise until you hold up a functioning example of a scaled up privatized system, a charter school system, that has overcomes the effects of poverty, prejudice and other social/cultural forces that challenge a melting pot society like our own.
You nuts on the far right would love for education to be about money so that typically impoverished ethnic groups can be separated out and left behind where they belong since you think they are inferior. Let them compete with the moneyed, the priveledged and affluent without help from government programs and just let them lose the competition like they were meant to--right?
BY the way, K12 teachers are underpayed, treated like dogs by parents, students and administrators and yet they work harder every day than you have in your life. The preparation and grading alone is a 14 hour a day job. Now add to that administative hoop jumping, the meeting with math couches, the reporting, paper work, self video taping etc. and you have madness in terms of work.