P&R says that the wrong question to ask about the current South Dakota education bill is what it would take for the teachers to approve of it. He’s right. After looking at some of the numbers for teachers and salaries, he makes this observation:
Every teacher I’ve ever heard about is described as dedicated by friends and family. Maybe the teacher even is dedicated. That doesn’t mean he’s any good at it. I’ve come across more than one very dedicated, very nice, very lousy teacher in the course of overseeing the education of my children. Somehow my child’s future is to be sacrificed on the altar of this teacher’s self esteem, because he or she is so dedicated?
This is a parallel argument to the one which I find myself using regularly. Just because someone is sincere does not make them right, nor does it make what they are doing/attempting to do honorable.
Truth is unaffected by dedication, sincerity–or any other words that say “Hey, I’m doing stuff.”
Perhaps a better question would be “Who is ultimately responsible for a child’s education, anyway?”