Blame Game.

We live in a society of zero personal responsibility.

Everyone blames every one else for their troubles.My Fault?  More Like Your Fault.

This has become the fabric of our society.

You even see this attitude in schools.

Elementary schools blame parents for not having their children ready for an education.

They can’t read.  They can’t write.  They eat crayons by the dozens.  They attack each other with pencils.

They should all be heavily medicated.

Middle schools blame the Elementary schools for not getting those same kids prepared for 5th – 8th grade.

They aren’t good at math.  Or science.  Or writing. 

They can’t sit still.  They can’t read.  They have no social skills.  Their hygiene is horrendous (this part may well be true).

They don’t care about anything (except sports and dating).

High schools blame everyone.

They have to fix everything the elementary, middle school, and parents messed up.

Colleges are just disgusted.

They get students who aren’t prepared for the rigors of higher education, so they have to re-teach the skills students should have learned during their K-12 years.

It never stops.

School districts blame state governments for not sending them enough money (by enough I mean… more, and more, and more).

States blame the Federal Government.

Congress blames the President.

The President blames Congress.

Democrats blame Republicans.

George W. Bush gets blamed for everything.

It goes on and on.

The only thing that doesn’t change is the fact that no one ever stands up and says

“My fault.  Blame me.  I could have done better.”

To err is human. To blame someone else is politics – Hubert H. Humphrey.

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Which Grade Should You Teach? I Can Help.

Hmmm.... Which Grade Should I Teach?As I travel this great country of ours (back and forth to work), the question I am asked most often is… “How do I know which grade level I should teach?”

Future educators seem to be confused by the differences in kids at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels.

This is understandable because each grade comes with its own set of strange and fascinating creatures. And when I insinuate students are strange and fascinating, I mean they are strange and fascinating.

The answer to the “Which grade should I teach?” question is, of course, quite simple.

If you are confused, check the nearest restroom (pick the right one, and if you don’t, please keep my name out of it).

You read correctly. The secret of choosing the teaching position is to walk into any school and head straight to the bathroom.

That is where you will find the answer to your career questions.

Other stuff is also kept in there, so ignore that if possible. If you can’t, call a janitor.

When you arrive, wash your hands then ask yourself “What kind of restroom troubles do I want for the next 30 years?”

If you want a restroom in your classroom, teach kindergarten or 1st grade.

If you want to yell at goofy boys for doing goofy things in the restroom, teach 2nd thru 5th grade.

If you like general weirdness, in the vicinity of a restroom, focus on teaching junior high or middle school students.

If you are interested in discovering why there is smoke coming out of the restroom, focus on high school.

So there you have it. Answers to career questions can be found in a stall near you.

Now that I have cleared up this mystery, I can focus on the other question that I am asked almost every day.

“Where’s the restroom?”

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