They now come out of school (my kids are all grown by the way) nowadays, not knowing how to write a check or balance their checkbook. Some of the kids are now passed through the grades without knowing what the need to know for that grade he was passed from. I really believe we need to increase school hours by two and cut out the summer vacation. Our children are so behind everyone else's, it's sad. And what will the future bring? My kids went to a small country school. Most of the teachers were good, but a few of them acted like they didn't really want to take time out to help the children who needed it and asked for it. I did a lot of re-teaching at home plus hours and hours of homework. I had always thought school was for that, teaching a curriculum properly, I mean.
I have noticed though, some of my friends children who are still in school, are not learning like they should be. I hear a lot of things like the kids were watching TV in school instead of assigned work. Or I see kids graduating that can't read or add. That's a huge problem in my eyes.
And...it IS the teachers job to teach our children academics...come on...if they aren't there to teach, then what are they getting paid for. And hey, I would like to make their pay and have summers off. I am a nurse...that's a darn hard job too, probably harder than a teachers, and we don't get paid enough for our job either, but we care to much to just quit working or not do our job just because we don't get paid enough. They knew the pay scale before they went to school to teach, so it wasn't like a big surprise.
We really need to revamp our education system for the sake of our children! That may mean getting rid of the "bad" teachers, increasing school hours and increasing school days...that's what our children really need to be able to learn properly and retain at least the important stuff!