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Editor's Note: Today's guest blog is by Holden Clemens. Mr. Clemens is an educator. This makes him slightly more qualified than most politicians to comment on education.


I would like to take this moment to in honor of today -- Scott Walker Day -- to share my thoughts on the current state of the educational system in our beloved country.

I'm proud of everything teachers have accomplished these past couple of decades. It's nothing short of a miracle, really. As a profession, teachers have gone from some of the most poorly paid professionals to professionals that are bursting at the seams with money. Rolling in it! We are so lucky to have all of those extra thousands of dollars to spend on our fancy erasable pens and lined paper.

We've all done so well financially that it's about time that we teachers start to give back. You know, trickle some of it down.

The first thing we need to give in on is this class size thing. We have to stop pretending that a class of 36 is any different than a class of 26. It's only 10 more students! You can bet these students are well-behaved and without any special needs. Just sit them in class and pass out the bubble test. It only moves the teacher to student time from 1.7 minutes to 1.3 minutes. It's only .4 minutes, people. It's a sacrifice we can make at this tough time in education.

We also need to work on our listening skills. There are many non-educators and failed educators that have very valid points. Also, there are tons of politicians that have attended various levels of school. If you can't trust a politician who has been to school, who can you trust?

I have had my oil changed every 3 months for the past 25 years. I was really upset that my suggestions on fixing the auto industry were ignored, but I guess I just didn't know the right people.

Anyway, we also need trust our leaders. It's not like they would put someone who has never been a teacher in a spot of authority in education. Wait, what? Seriously? He has never been a teacher?


Well, shoot.

Happy April Fools (Scott Walker) Day!

Holden Clemens has dedicated his life to providing hope to students in his classroom. He hopes to bring smiles to the faces of hard working educators around the globe. He believes that no child can be reduced to a number or a bubble. To date, he has left no child behind. He also likes rainbows and Triceratopses. In that order.

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Debbie McFalone's picture
Debbie McFalone
Educational consultant, McFalone Consulting

Sergiovanni calls thoughtful people to practice "leadership by outrage" at times.....As a consultant in Michigan and Wisconsin, I believe the time for that mind-set is now. District leaders and policy makers need to show courage and integrity at this time----refusing to be bullied into making massive cuts that harm our children. We must be the voice on behalf of our students....and we must be strong and articulate in our beliefs.

Joe Mitchell's picture
Joe Mitchell
Urban Counselor -Chicago

Betty Ray,

Brilliant. I am saddened by the fact that I did not pen the piece myself. A touch of Johnathan Swift & add a few dashes of good old Wisconsin diatribe. Scott Walker is my hero, who needs the Union, we all know that corporate interests provide priceless outcomes. Just look at the wonderful outcomes AIG, Lehman & Bear Sterns have provided with our pension money. Who cannot sign off on having a few more of these folks determine our collective bargaining rights, as well as perhaps writing curriculum.

I propose Arnie Dunkin Day.. where we all dress up in U of C Lab School Coats and "race to the bottom." I think this would only work in winter toboggan weather though. Maybe we can do it when we are assured of slush. Hmmm...

Denise B's picture

Isn't it sad that there are actually educated people out there would completely agree with this post? The role of educator, once respected, seems to have become the 'go to' scape goat. Any suggestions on how we can get the truth out there to the general public?

Brian's picture

I agree with the comments posted. Being an educator has become an increasingly challenging position. Teachers are often the first to be blamed when students do not succeed, and often are expected to teach students without even having all of the necessary resources. It is understood by educators that they go into education not because of the money, but because they love to help students succeed and share their wealth of knowledge. For every person who argues about how teachers have it "easy," I ask them one important question. In what other profession to people spend their hard earned money to get extra supplies not provided to them, work extra hours without getting paid more, and are expected to have 100% success with every person they are working with? Unfortunately there are instances where students have not put in the effort, yet the teacher is blamed for the student's failure. It is time for people to look at the people who are creating the curriculums and state exams every student is expected to pass and see where changes can be made to promote student success. Yes, there is no easy answer to this problem, but I think it's important to get back to the focus of teaching learning long term, rather than for the moment.'s picture

I agree with you Scott, classrooms are to crowded and therefore cant be much learning taken place. Law makers need to consider the budget cuts to education as teachers are overworked and under paid. They are being forced to work in environments that are not conducive to learn.

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