Speaking Out about Education – Part 1/6

This series on education is a rant. I’m angry at something I watched on ABC news and I’ve included that news clip in Part 1. If you don’t want to hear what I have to say about education in America, avoid reading this series.

I taught in Southern California schools. The schools where I taught still have low rankings when compared to similar public schools in California.

Although I worked with students from the low end of the socio-economic strata, the district said that my students, on average, improved annually.

At the end of this ABC segment on YouTube, Marie Meyer, a parent, says, “If my child is getting an ‘F’, and I know that he is able to do ‘A’ quality work, then it has to reflect on the teacher.”

In fact, the responsibility for a child FAILING in school rightfully belongs to the parents and students, who are shirking his or her duties. 

If most Asian students can succeed in the same classroom, so can non Asians. It was my experience that Asian parents were the toughest and their children usually earned high grades.

Teachers cannot teach by themselves. It takes a community to teach a child. The most important element of the community is the parents, students and teachers and cooperation is the key.

– to be continued
See The Growing Education Gap between the US and China


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. 

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