As the country tries to find a “magic bullet” to cure the educational ills, no one is asking the question about how come our children are struggling? What I mean is that I think the forces that have torn education apart are not solely in the system of education, rather the problem is in our cultural system. The more policy makers get involved in educational decisions, the worse education becomes. The more government controls and mandates, the less I can teach. Money needs to be spent on the social ills. Has anyone asked why so many students are having attention problems to the point that classrooms are being held hostage by their behaviors? Have any policy makers talked to the school psychology personnel? What is truly behind the severe changes we are seeing in the classroom, changes in children which are impacting on everyone’s learning? That is another BIG question I have as I think back on my day at school. I keep thinking, something is wrong here but I can’t quite pin it. My teaching time is being spent on more and more data collecting, meetings, interruptions, discipline, and fulfilling edicts from above that I have very little time to teach. How do we get the policy makers see what is happening. I guess I need to collect the data to show how much time I spend doing other things when I am supposed to be teaching!