Most of our bloated defense budget isn't even being put to use defending our borders, it's being spent fruitlessly trying to extinguish roaches in a distant land, but only managing to create new roaches in the process. Not really the best use of "defense" money.
I watch quality teachers leave my profession every year due to frustration. We get paid **** wages compared to others of our education level (I DID know that going in, but it's insulting when people that don't know what they're talking about start spewing bs) ... We are required to return to school in the summers at our own expense to take "refresher courses" in whatever ruling political party's ideological flavor of the month is ... We donate our extra time constantly for the betterment of our students ... We spend money out of our own pockets to provide for our students on a daily basis ... We help the kids whenever they need it ... Hell, every year I'm a better parent to some of my students than their biological ones. (feel free to shudder at that one)
In short, you have no clue about what you speak of.
The difference lies in the effort of the student. When kids don't care and won't try, it's usually (in my experience) because the parents don't care. At least until they want to find something to bitch about.
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I teach 8th graders. They all know that even if they fail - they still get promoted to high school next year (Unless the parent asks to have the kid held back ... has happened only once in my career - it worked. Kid was so embarrassed that he finally started buckling down. He graduated high school with honors.) Here, it's not until high school where they can flunk and be left back a grade. Many just say, "F it" and drop out at 16.
They aren't held accountable for their lack of effort. They tend to just skate by without really caring at all. Then, when (if) they enter the work force, they're surprised by the "unrealistic" demands of employers.
This is where we are headed.
Public School, at least in South Florida, sucks. I wouldn't send my kid to one if I had the means.