This just in: George Bush thinks that school violence is a problem. Though the No Child Left Behind Act has certainly contributed to the problem because students are bored with practicing for standardized tests that they never pass in classrooms that are incredibly overcrowded. They deal with bullies that the schools can’t get rid of and teachers that are sometimes underqualified, especially when the No Child Left Behind reading program is largely scripted even though many of the classrooms that need them most don’t have enough books to enable students to follow along. And with all of this, Bush feels that it is the job of the teachers to instill character and moral values (and wedgies) in their students as well.
Not once did he mention the PARENTS, who are not only responsible for their children’s lack of moral values and educational drive in the first place, but who do not notice when their children take weapons to school (or when they are taught to ATTACK intruders rather than run from them). Why would they? Most parents don’t even check their kid’s homework anymore. This is obviously a ploy to win votes for Republicans in the next election, but I really hope it doesn’t work. Teachers don’t need side arms and body armor. They need books, supplies, and students who come to school prepared and ready to learn. But no politician is going to say to the public, “Control your own kids, and education will improve.” Instead they blame school violence, bullying, and underqualified teachers.