The Des Moines Register published an important and wise editorial. It shows that someone in the mainstream press is still thoughtful and wise.
It seems that Governor Terry Branstad wants to see a much healthier Iowa. So he is urging people to lead healthier lifestyles.
Funny, he didn’t blame the medical profession of Iowa. He didn’t set standards for their daily practice. He didn’t pledge to fire the bottom 5-10% of doctors.
The editorial begins:
Gov. Terry Branstad has talked repeatedly about making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. To accomplish this, he wants residents to eat better, exercise and “take responsibility” for their lifestyles. He has not suggested Iowa doctors do a better job. There have been no proposals to pay physicians in a different way or require a minimum grade-point average for incoming medical students.
Why not? Because such proposals are obviously ridiculous. No one would lay the responsibility for the complicated task of improving the health of an entire state on the professionals working in health care.
So why is the governor fixated on teachers when it comes to the complicated task of improving education in Iowa?
The governor blames teachers for student achievement or lack thereof and has a raft of proposals on what teachers should do to shape up.
He doesn’t say that poor health is the doctors’ fault. But low test scores are the teachers’ fault.
Let’s hope that Governor Branstad sees the illogic of his views and begins to treat teachers as professionals, for all the reason laid out in Iowa’s leading newspaper.