In the past few weeks, I’ve been hearing more and more complaints about education.  Specifically, who’s at fault and how we can hold them accountable.

It’s the teachers.  It’s always the teacher’s fault.

Children come home saying their teacher is “hot”?  It’s the teacher’s fault.  They should be wearing more modest clothing.  It couldn’t possibly be because they were allowed to watch a movie at home that demonstrated that language.

Children come home and aren’t in the gifted and talented class?  It’s the teacher’s fault.  They aren’t pushing my child hard enough.  It couldn’t possibly be because that child is actually at the accurate level for their own learning abilities.

Children come home not being able to read?  It’s the teacher’s fault.  They aren’t talented enough to do their jobs.  It couldn’t possibly be because the child doesn’t have enough prior knowledge to comprehend the books being read in class.

It’s certainly easy to blame the teachers, isn’t it?  After all, it IS their fault.

We should definitely hold these individuals accountable for their gross negligence and incompetence in educating our children.  Sure, they are in a profession that requires advanced degrees and continuous professional development.  Yes, they only see our kids for 7 hours a day.  Yeah, they have to come in early and stay late to get their work done.  No, they can’t do anything about a child’s home life or previous schooling.

But we should definitely push them until they break.

We should give them so much curriculum to cover that there is no time for creativity, technology or innovation in the classroom.  We should place unrealistic mandates over them so that they can burn themselves out trying to meet them all.  We should allow parents to decide the educational level of their children, rather than professionals with 4-8 years of training in education.  Because it’s the teacher’s fault.

That’s a shame.

Because it’s also a teacher’s fault that I strive to excel.

It’s a teacher’s fault that creativity and innovation can flourish in classrooms where those qualities are prized.

It’s a teacher’s fault that children I see every day who struggle can get excited about coming to school because of what is going on in their classrooms.

It’s a teacher’s fault that technology is being embraced, students are using robotics to learn about science and math, and that computer animation is assisting in writing development.

So sure….let’s go ahead and keep playing that same blame game.  In the end, it’s always the teacher’s fault anyway.