No Child Left Behind : A Problem With The American Education System

780 Words May 10th, 2015 4 Pages
Is there a problem with the American education system today? Many people would say without a doubt “Yes”, but with so many sections of the system, how can anyone pinpoint where to start. The “No child left behind” program failed to meet its target, schools are cheating due to high pressure to get good grades, bad neighborhoods creating bad schools and vice versa, and the common core system is too vague and broad for the teachers. One of the more troubling issues today is the teachers union and tenure causing teachers to become complacent and lazy. The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association are the two main figures for education politics. These unions are designed to protect all teachers from getting fired even if they are the worst teacher ever. According to the pro-education reform documentary ‘Waiting for ‘Superman,’ one out of every 57 doctors loses his or her license to practice medicine. One out of every 97 lawyers loses their license to practice law. In many major cities, only one out of 1000 teachers is fired for performance-related reasons. Union power has created overwhelming problems for effective schools, this is happening partly because teachers unions are the most powerful groups in American education. The teachers union and tenure was not intended to breed bad teachers, but that is exactly what happened. A bad teacher is one who goes to their school every day, sign in, go to the classroom, wait for the day to goes by…

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