We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What we have is not working well. Vocational training has all but disappeared from schools and it would be useful to have OJT for others. Besides getting rid of tenure it would be most useful to get rid of civil service. Why are government jobs holders protected?
Because of the funding methods, schools do not provide an education but sell a degree. The student is the customer and schools have to please them. Only 15% of the population should even be in a liberal arts college, but we have screwed ourselves badly by pushing every in. to suggest that a person should not go to college, especially a minority, is to "sell them short," and open oneself to charges of racism. This comes directly from the arrogance of educators who believe that what they are equals elite status.
Controlling a classroom is a challenging and difficult task, but intellect is not the primary skill for it. Educators, even at the college level with advanced degrees, are not necessarily that smart. They know how to act in the educational system.
Assistant Village Idiot