Hubbub. Noise.Din. Racket. Commotion.
This week teachers are rotten apples. (At least we aren’t at the Ebola scare level yet.)
In 2008 TIME was raving about Rhee.
In 1965 the cover had this quote, by the US Commissioner of Education at the time, Francis Keppel.
“Education is too important to be left solely to the educators.”
In 1961 TIME tells us that US schools were,
“Soft,” “flabby,” “lax,” “easy,” exclaimed Commissioner Sterling M. McMurrin, 47. “We have much less knowledge, much less creativity, much less moral fiber than we would have had if our educational process had been more rigorous.” McMurrin set his goal as “quality and rigor in teaching”—strong talk for the Office of Education, which for most of its 94 years has been a tame source of statistics rather than of standards. …”
In 1960 Time scares us with:
“When Sputnik flashed across California, it lit dark places in the nation’s biggest public school system. Heckled by parents, the state legislature named a blue-ribbon jury to examine the quality of California’s schooling. Called the Citizens Advisory Commission, it was sparked by former University of California President Robert Sproul. Without pussyfooting, the group soon made clear its stance. It attacked the theory of education for “life adjustment” as non-education: “The school has neither the chief responsibility nor the means for dealing with all aspects of personal development . . .
In 1959 we read:
“Otto and Mary Krai, who live on a farm near Hastings, Minn., have one main goal in life: they want to educate their son. So last year they took seven-year-old Tommy out of Lakeland-Afton public school after watching him vegetate on a soda-pop diet of “life-adjustment” courses. Mary Krai is a former high school teacher; her 35-year-old husband is a professional mathematician. The Krals decided to school their bright but not prodigious boy at home (TIME, March 2). Tommy’s six-or-seven-hours-a-day curriculum: arithmetic, grammar, German, geography, composition, spelling, mythology, music, poetry and chess.”
Let’s just rest with this last one which goes back to 1939:
“To the parents of some 26,000,000 U. S. public school children the all-important question as they send their youngsters to school each term is: Who will his teacher be? Parents well know that whether a school is Progressive or Traditional, palace or shack, a good teacher is still a good teacher and a poor one a menace to their children.”
So folks, TIME has been at this game for at least 75 years. That’s three quarters of a century of teacher and public education bashing.
TIME simply marches backward.