Over The Edge To Come To Teachers' Defense?
Okay, he rails into many parents as basically another group to blame: in-denial, clueless and passing down yet another dumb-gene or parent-in-absentia generation. While myopic in agenda as the Newsweek issue appeared, why not, bring it on?
Parents are responsible and too often leave everything up to the schools and teachers. Even private school parents, as Maher suggests (oh my!). . . a bigger price tag doesn't mean any better or guarantee of anything. Maher concludes too many parents view school as babysitting and/or the ONLY means of education . . . when actually, he was talking as much about parents' role in preventing their kids from being exposed/spending endless time being influenced by popular culture and media, of the mindless variety.
Maher featured the Newsweek cover here prominently in his intro and seemed to be a catalyst for his vitriol about teacher bashing. The title says, "The Key To Saving American Education" with a blackboard image written with the same phrase over and over, "We Must Fire Bad Teachers". While the gist of the articles were about the power of the teacher unions as reported by The Daily Riff here, think of the what the cover shouts to the world. What does someone take-away at first glance? Teachers are bad . . . bad teachers are the whole problem . . .or just the whole association of bad and teachers together?
No, wrong message. Some teachers are bad. Yes, it is hard to fire them (which is crazy) but that is not the "answer key."
Even The Central Falls firing (now being negotiated) of all teachers was a story that had more to do with union negotiations as reported by The Daily Riff here, here and here.
In any event, Maher is always provocative - whether you agree or disagree. . .
Video below from HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher" show: