Graduate school professors pass the buck to college professors when their students fail to demonstrate analytical skills. College professors, on the hand, pass the buck to secondary school teachers for failing to teach basic skills. High school teachers pass the buck to elementary school teachers for not addressing learning apathy at a crucial time in the students’ lives. Guess what elementary school teachers do? They pass the buck to parents for raising children who are opposed to learning. Do you think the buck stops here? No. Parents counter by blaming the teachers.
A vicious circle, indeed. Nobody takes responsibility.
How about taking a different approach? Instead of focusing our energies on determining who is to blame, let’s figure out what can be done, given the challenges we face. Let’s replace the culture of blame with a culture of proactive action. We may not come with up optimal solutions, but whining about a problem results in worse outcomes. Whining is unproductive.
September 12, 2013