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The Teacher Is Right About The Teacher

The Teacher Is Right About The Teacher

California Students Have Dismally Low Math and Reading Test Scores

For students in America

By David Futrelle

June 1, 2015

A few weeks ago, I read an op-ed written by a high school math teacher. It was called “Our Nation’s Math and Reading Test Scores” and, as far as I could tell, it was an attempt to rally teachers to fight a trend toward low math and reading scores.

This teacher was outraged that, according to the U.S. Department of Education, only 29 percent of students are proficient in math and reading. What’s more, he believed that the problem was largely the teacher.

“Why do teachers do so poorly in math?” he wondered. “They say they do well, but the test scores of the students they work with reveal that teachers do just the opposite.”

In my opinion, that teacher is right about the teacher. It’s because teachers aren’t doing their jobs.

If the numbers aren’t changing, then either you’re not doing the job of a teacher you’re supposed to do, or someone has been doing it for us who aren’t here anymore.

That was indeed the case last December, when the nation was devastated as a result of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino. In the aftermath of that attack, President Obama made national news with a speech in which he said that, “As a country, we did not evolve into an America that believes that diversity and equality are the same thing.”

The “we didn’t evolve” part of his argument is probably accurate, although it’s hard to believe that the U.S. hasn’t been marching toward that very same place for decades — but, like Obama, the rest of us have not.

The truth is that most of us have been marching toward the very same place for the last 15 years or more, and the problem has been the teachers.

Let’s look back at how things have been before that attack, when U.S. students

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