Did Sexist Men Make Education Better?

I’m gonna be upfront here. Don’t read this if you are faint of heart or can’t handle true things. There are gonna be things called facts strewn about and they may hurt.

I’m just sayin’.

I remember awhile back tellin’ my wife that I thought she was one of the reasons that our education system isn’t doing as well as we would like.

She looked at me and asked “Why?”

I said, “Because you are a woman.”

I had to walk home, but I have my reasons.

You see, in the “old days” women really were discriminated against in the workplace. Many occupations and jobs simply weren’t available to women.

But one was. Teaching.

And so it was that our best young women who wanted to enter the job market, as it were, entered it as a teacher. And they were great.

But then a funny thing happened on the way to work…women achieved more and more gender equality until…whammo! The whole of the working world was open to them. And guess what happened?

Until a few decades ago, employment discrimination perversely strengthened our teaching force. Brilliant women became elementary school teachers, because better jobs weren’t open to them. It was profoundly unfair, but the discrimination did benefit America’s children.

These days, brilliant women become surgeons and investment bankers – …

And the world was right! Women were able to compete for, and win, some of the best jobs in America. We had achieved our goal, equality at last! Except for one small detail:

… 47 percent of America’s kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers come from the bottom one-third of their college classes (as measured by SAT scores).

Blink. Blink.

47% come from the bottom 1/3. Jeepers!

As women were more and more able to compete in the market place for excellent jobs, they left teaching. And with men, and now women, working to land that “dream job”, the role of filling the job of teacher fell to the …. well, it fell to the lowest performers.

Now, to be sure, this is a general statement. Certainly top students enter the teaching profession. I, personally, have many friends and family that are fantastically smart and have become teachers.

God bless ‘em.

But the fact is that we’re losing our best and brightest to other professions. And no matter what happens in Wisconsin or Ohio or Illinois or wherever, we need our best. And our brightest. To want to become teachers.

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9 replies

  1. My grandmother taught in a one room schoolhouse in Northern NE at the ripe old age of seventeen. She taught at the Harris school which was named after my maternal grandfather’s family which she obviously ended up marrying into. I even have an old and faded picture of it. Amazing how things have changed in just a couple generations.

    • My grandmother taught in a one room schoolhouse in Northern NE at the ripe old age of seventeen.

      Yowza!

      Amazing how things have changed in just a couple generations.

      My wife is gifted; and she is working in corporate America. I shudder to think of the difference she would have made if she had taught. I’d like to think that I would have positively contributed to the lives of my kids had I stayed in the classroom….but her….? Stupid talent!

      I guess the point is that we’re not working on attracting and retaining talent.

  2. Perhaps the modern day American concept of “public” schools needs to be re-evaluated, in order to achieve that common goal of teaching our young.

    • Perhaps the modern day American concept of “public” schools needs to be re-evaluated

      It clearly needs to be re-evaluated. A combination of better teachers, removing the worst teachers and upgrading our teaching methods.

  3. The past can teach but it can’t help now. Post 8th grade education was for the smart folks back then; now we’ve decreed it for everybody so the quality level had to drop to the lower average.
    Attorney General Holder’s recent act forcing lower law school entry test grades for blacks is the picture. The NAACP wisely complained that blacks shouldn’t be pushed into being symols of degraded performance quality but Holder is in power so we get lower performers.

    • Attorney General Holder’s recent act forcing lower law school entry test grades for blacks is the picture. The NAACP wisely complained that blacks shouldn’t be pushed into being symols of degraded performance quality but Holder is in power so we get lower performers.

      Check out THIS chart. While it is speaking to Med School and not Law School, the concept is clearly the same:

      Acceptance Rate

      And for more mandatory fun, as we continue to allow in an ever growing number of less qualified minority candidates, we feel the need to address the issue of minorities performing poorer in our colleges than non-minority students.

      How refreshing if we looked at the quality of the student rather than the color of his skin.

      • Simply put, we need to encourage a minority culture that values education and excellence. If they are unwilling to pursue that as a sub-culture, then how are the rest of us to blame for that? Wallowing in entitlement and perceived victimhood gets one nowhere, and is yet another stain on the progressive ideology which preaches that errant doctrine with utter abandon.

      • Wallowing in entitlement and perceived victimhood gets one nowhere, and is yet another stain on the progressive ideology which preaches that errant doctrine with utter abandon.

        Such is the way of entitlements:

        “The welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery couldn’t do, what Jim Crow couldn’t do, what the harshest racism couldn’t do,” Mr. Williams says. “And that is to destroy the black family.”

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