We tend to state things now in absolute black and white. This is happening within our schools because our government seems to love data instead of results. Mathematically (simplistic but valid) we could state the basic educational equation thusly:
t ● s = l
t = teaching
s = Students
l = learning
At the present time we seem to be considering s (students) to be a constant and t (teachers) to be the only variable. As l (learning) declines we know mathematically if s (students) is a constant, a direct relationship between t (teachers) and l (learning) seems to be established and hence all of the problems with education must be attributable to the teachers/teaching. When in fact the truth is that “because all of our children are now perfect” our bias causes us to confuse the variable and the constant. When viewing this equation without bias it is just as possible and actually more reasonable and probable although uncomfortable for parents that the t (teachers) variable has remained constant or increased and the s (students) variable has declined in value leading to a decline in l (learning). This is possible and more probable because when we consider all the time and money that has been spent on improving and correcting teachers and teaching while very little or none of the attention has been directed at students It seems more likely that the t (teachers) variable has not declined but in fact should have increased leaving the only other explanation for a decline in l (learning) to be a direct relationship between s (students) and l (learning).
Simplistic? certainly ! worth thinking about…..I believe so!