Great Lakes Regional Conference: "Lessons for Life"

In this speech, Al Shanker addresses various polls of parents concerned with the state of education. The polls cite students who disrupt class and the failure to teach basic skills like reading and arithmetic before passing students to the next grade as primary concerns. Shanker says that teacher polls yield the same results. He points to education boards and superintendents as the only people in the chain who do not see these problems. Shanker calls on the audience to lobby that alternative schools be established for disruptive students. If this legislation is passed, Shanker believes, things will improve greatly and a major concern of parents and teachers both will have been addressed.

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