“The Disorder Is In The System, Not The Children” Teacher Quits With Epic Rant

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John Vibes | True Activist

Teacher Wendy Bradshaw pointed out that how the structure of modern schooling is abusive to children, and that children who are labeled as “bad” are many times just having trouble fitting into the rigid structure that is being forced on them.

Her resignation letter can be read  below:



“To: The School Board of Polk County, Florida

I love teaching. I love seeing my students’ eyes light up when they grasp a new concept and their bodies straighten with pride and satisfaction when they persevere and accomplish a personal goal. I love watching them practice being good citizens by working with their peers to puzzle out problems, negotiate roles, and share their experiences and understandings of the world. I wanted nothing more than to serve the students of this county, my home, by teaching students and preparing new teachers to teach students well… I not only love teaching, I am excellent at it, even by the flawed metrics used up until this point. Every evaluation I received rated me as highly effective.

Like many other teachers across the nation, I have become more and more disturbed by the misguided reforms taking place which are robbing my students of a developmentally appropriate education. Developmentally appropriate practice is the bedrock upon which early childhood education best practices are based, and has decades of empirical support behind it.

However, the new reforms not only disregard this research, they are actively forcing teachers to engage in practices which are not only ineffective but actively harmful to child development and the learning process. I am absolutely willing to back up these statements with literature from the research base, but I doubt it will be asked for.

However, I must be honest… I just cannot justify making students cry anymore. They cry with frustration as they are asked to attempt tasks well out of their zone of proximal development. They cry as their hands shake trying to use an antiquated computer mouse on a ten year old desktop computer which they have little experience with, as the computer lab is always closed for testing. Their shoulders slump with defeat as they are put in front of poorly written tests that they cannot read, but must attempt. Their eyes fill with tears as they hunt for letters they have only recently learned so that they can type in responses with little hands which are too small to span the keyboard.

The children don’t only cry. Some misbehave so that they will be the ‘bad kid’ not the ‘stupid kid’, or because their little bodies just can’t sit quietly anymore, or because they don’t know the social rules of school and there is no time to teach them. My master’s degree work focused on behavior disorders, so I can say with confidence that it is not the children who are disordered.

The disorder is in the system which requires them to attempt curriculum and demonstrate behaviors far beyond what is appropriate for their age. The disorder is in the system which bars teachers from differentiating instruction meaningfully, which threatens disciplinary action if they decide their students need a five minute break from a difficult concept, or to extend a lesson which is exceptionally engaging.

The disorder is in a system which has decided that students and teachers must be regimented to the minute and punished if they deviate. The disorder is in the system which values the scores on wildly inappropriate assessments more than teaching students in a meaningful and research based manner.

On June 8, 2015, my life changed when I gave birth to my daughter. I remember cradling her in the hospital bed on our first night together and thinking, “In five years you will be in kindergarten and will go to school with me.” That thought should have brought me joy, but instead it brought dread. I will not subject my child to this disordered system, and I can no longer in good conscience be a part of it myself. Please accept my resignation from Polk County Public Schools.

Best,

Wendy Bradshaw, Ph.D.”

This letter is reminiscent of one wrote world famous educator John Taylor Gatto.

But even he found the top-down structure of the school system and the curriculum provided is very damaging to the minds of children.

He left public schools by writing his resignation letter in the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal, starting the letter off by saying that he “refuses to continue hurting children.”

He then went on to start an incredible career in writing, researching and speaking out about the dangers of compulsory schooling.

This element is important because the public school system combined with other forms of child abuse has worked to create the kind of violent and angry culture that we see today.

When you treat people like prisoners and second class citizens for the most vital developmental years of their lives, you are going to create confused, bitter and deranged people.




There is still value in group learning settings, and there is still value in teachers, but what we have today is indoctrination, not education.


John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter-culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work, he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.

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    I put my five year old into public Kindergarten. He was bullied so badly one boy almost broke his nose. It bled from both nostrils. The boy wasn’t even suspended. My son began to lash out and hit me at home. He started to wet himself in class and was forced to sit in wet clothes at the nurses office for more than hour before I was even CALLED. (He hadn’t had a single accident since he was 3 and we put him in normal underwear.) They were trying to force him to learn common core phonetics that I didn’t learn until High School and even then students had a hard time grasping it. The current school system is damning our children not helping them. It’s no wonder every generation seems to be getting even less intelligent than the last.

  • ainthurtinnobody

    It’s wonderful to hear from such a teacher. I was once a student who did the same thing. I resigned from school and for many years I felt bad about my decision and all the supposed opportunity it denied me. But now many years after my decision I am so grateful. Resisting all that indoctrination gave me a unique view and concept of life. I was able to venture into knowledge and understanding that had I remained in school like most of my friends would have never happened. So I for one am a very pleased, happy and thankful dropout. No, I have not materially succeeded as I might have with the system but looking around I am so much happier than my peers and my understanding is very different in what I believe has been extremely beneficial to my over all mental and physical health. I truly enjoy life. Was it easy? Certainly not and for many years I did not have this understanding but now I am so glad I dropped out mentally and physically from school and pursued my own path in learning. Thank you so much system for driving me away from your overly controlled, inflexible and fascist environment.

  • James Michael

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    Good that other Americans see the truth of the rotten system…

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