Posted by Charity on September 29th, 2006

Here’s a rant the likes of which you rarely see on She’s Right. Sometimes my inner-bitch just takes over, I guess.

I was just reading this article about a group of teachers (and Progressive Party pols) criticizing NCLB (No Child Left Behind). They argue that the teachers don’t have time to teach because they are “teaching to the test.”

Here’s what I don’t understand. Why aren’t you people complaining that NCLB is unconstitutional? Forget this “teaching to the test” crap. Yeah, I have to teach to the “test” too. The damn VTDOE makes me prove that I am not educationally neglecting my children, so I have to periodically take time out of our real learning to work on our stupid portfolios.

Here’s a newsflash: read the effing constitution. The Federal Government has no right to control education. Tell them to take their money and stuff it. Oh, yeah, but you need the federal money. Yeah, well if you want to prostitute yourself, then stop complaining that your pimp is too harsh.

At least you get money for it. I have to waste my time reporting to the government that no longer considers people innocent until proven guilty when it comes to educational neglect and I don’t get a dime. In fact, I have to pay for everything, including my reports to the state. I must submit to an unlawful search and seizure of my private papers, or they will take my kids and force then back into those dreadful g-schools. (That’s government schools for all of you who are not part of the paranoid homeschoolers radical fringe.)

Oh, yeah. It’s not illegal because I consent. That makes it so much better.

10 Responses to “In Lieu of a Linkdump”

  1. They’re just pissed that it takes time away from the Bantu lessons.

  2. NCLB is an effort to destroy what is left of public education in this country because it threatens to reduce funding due to a school’s “failure” to reach impossible goals. As Charity pointed out- the federal government has no constitutional business dictating to local school districts. Clinton wanted a single national standards test the states could participate in voluntarily. I thought that was reasonable. NCLB, like so much else out of this ‘administration,’ is just in a whole different galaxy.

    Charity- you must see how it’s in society’s interest to make sure all children are somewhat educated. You know there are a ton of people who would otherwise let their children learn nothing but the streets. Not you, of course but a lot of people.

    I think it’s reasonable that if you homeschool, you should have to show a portfolio to prove you’re teaching your kids. Why is that stupid?

    Not everyone is qualified to teach. Do you believe there’s any value in the science of pedagogy public school teachers are trained in?

    I would love to be a teacher. I would love to teach to the test. Whatever. I think Poopsie and I are doing great so far. Yesterday Koko counted to ten in English and Russian. It will be tough to pass him to a mediocre public school, but that’s only six hours a day, and half of it is for socialization and socializing anyway. I will still be teaching him stuff all the rest of the time I’m with him.

  3. So, you are saying that it is okay to treat people like criminals with no constitutional rights as long as it’s for a good reason. You must have loved that terrorism bill then.

    The point is, treating me like a person guilty of educational neglect, unless I prove otherwise, is not going to stop loser parents from being loser parents.

    Society cannot guarantee that all children are being educated. There is no shortage of children graduating from public schools that can’t even read.

    And, sorry, but I took an education class at UVM when I was thinking about changing my major and it was a joke. I took two actually. One was such a joke, I withdrew. The other one had a cool Prof., so I stayed. I couldn’t believe the BS.

    The belief that only trained professionals can teach is a myth perpetuated by education professionals to make themselves feel more important. Many teachers are not much more than overpaid babysitters – especially these days. I was talking to a woman this morning who was saying that last year her daughter’s class of 22 had only 6 students who the teacher considered well-behaved. Just the other day, my son Escher was lamenting the fact that he didn’t get to do a lot of the fun stuff my older son did in 2nd grade because the teacher did not trust many of the kids who were poorly-behaved (they had the same teacher, but are a year apart in grade).

  4. If you read Madison’s notes from the Constitutional Convention of 1787, it is clear that the Founders intended there to be a publically funded educational system.

    They intentionally did not mandate an educational system or institution in the U.S. Constitution because they wanted to give Congress as much lattitude as possible in this area. And they did.

    Don’t take my word for it — GO BACK AND READ MADISON’S NOTES from 1787.

    It will change your opinion on the issue.

  5. I’ll take a look at it. If it was meant to be a federal power it would have been enumerated. It is not. Therefore, per the constitution, it is a matter left to the states.

    Besides, publicly funded education being available to those who want to use it is not what I am against. I am against the notion that the state has first rights to our children’s education and if we want to do something else – like educate them ourselves – then the state must grant us permission.

    The state thinks they own our kids. I had to prove that I had custody of my own children before I could homeschool them because I have a different last name. And they would not take my word for it. I had to provide records. There was a woman on a homeschool message board in VT who had to produce adoption records to prove her child was hers. This is a complete outrage.

    There is no way that our founders had this in mind. No way.

    Anyway, I will still take a look at the Madison thing.

  6. Just to be clear: I am in complete compliance with the state re: homeschooling. I am a law abiding citizen.

    At the same time, I am outraged at the amount of rights we have given away to our government. Most of us happily bumble along every day and don’t even think about it. It is not until you want to do something out of the ordinary – like homeschool or marry someone of the same sex – then you stop and say, What do you mean I can’t do that? Who the heck gave you the right to control my life?

    This is something I go into more detail about in a post I am working on.

    Stay tuned.

    Oh, and thanks for commenting guys.

  7. Either you ought to be a liberal, or I ought to be a conservative…

    I’m not saying we agree all the time, but as I scroll down your blog, I can get behind at least half of what you have to say…

    And I’m not some sort of wishy-washy middle of the roader who can be convinced to fall on the conservative side of the fence from time to time; I’m a full-bore, power-to-the-people, crush-the-bourgeoise-oppressors, lets-shoot-the-beaurocrats-first-and-see-if-they’re-edible, lefty radical who has only stayed out of trouble because I self-medicate with just enough alchohol to keep myself from throwing firebombs.

    All this is a long-winded way of saying that I agree with you about education in general. NCLB is an anti-democratic abomination, accepting federal $$$ has ruined every part of our schools right down to the lunch rooms, and yeah, homeschoolers get treated like sh*t…

    Would you like to make firebombs one of these days???

  8. Charity,
    I don’t say this to be rude. It’s just some solid advice:

    You need to read up on your history. Read up on the Constitutional Convention, the Federalist Papers …

    You are awful quick to use the word “unconstitutional” … but it just gets more and more clear that you don’t understand the document.


  9. Whoa there killer…

    You are awful quick to accuse someone of being ignorant of constitutional history without providing any support…

    The fact is that we don’t know whether NCLB is unconstitutional or not… In large part, it hasn’t been tested in court yet, and there are many well-respected, intellegent scholars of constitutional law who are of the opinion that NCLB relies on an extra-constitutional interpretation of the spending clause, that the “100% presumptions” violate the due process clause of the 14th amendment, that it contradicts the “coercion test” established in Stewart Machine Company v. Davis (a 5th amendment issue), and of course there is the usual gang of federalists who hold that NCLB violates article ten…

    None of this means that NCLB is or is not constitutional, but I think it establishes that it is certainly reasonable to believe that it is not…

    You should settle down a bit before you go throwing around accusations of ignorance…

  10. Lamoillistan,

    Thanks for coming to my defense. I hate when people cannot articulate their own argument, so they resort to charges of ignorance.

    I think the reason you and I agree on some things is because I lean libertarian, which is where I break from many other conservatives. I would guess that on the economic issues we would not agree, since you identify yourself as “lefty.”

    I’m not sure about making fire bombs, but shooting the bureaucrats to see if they are edible sounds interesting. Although, I try to avoid eating contaminated meat.