A teacher wrote an emotional letter to the site asking why I was saying bad things about teachers??? I wrote back saying, I hardly mention teachers at all!
Some critics do try to blame our educational problems on teachers. I am not one of those people. Teachers don't make policy; they don’t have much power. Why talk about teachers if we are trying to figure out what is wrong with the schools??
I blame the people I call the Education Establishment. These elite ideologues (since John Dewey) want to use public schools to change the country. That is a problem for our nation. It’s also a problem for individual teachers because best practice is often not what these ideologues end up promoting.
Unfortunately, many classroom teachers have been bamboozled into thinking they have the same interests as the Education Establishment. That's why the teacher thought she was being criticized when, in fact, the criticism was aimed at elite professors who live in another world.
Improve-Education.org is concerned with explaining how education policy is implemented, the theories behind the common practices, and why teachers should oppose the people at the top.
(Teachers, please see "31: Teacher Liberation Front" on Improve-Education.org.)