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Realistic4U
12:32 PM on 09/02/2012
There are a certain percentage of young people who work extremely hard, they are a joy to teach. But there is also a widespread slacker culture in American schools. Teachers cannot fight this by themselves. I think many people are aware of this and like myself don't really know what to do. How can we renew our culture and society so that hard work and learning are more respected?
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mlaiuppa
Pres. Sarcasm Society. Like we need your approval.
03:18 PM on 09/02/2012
It's difficult to motivate a student or get them to respect the education they're offered when the home environment constantly criticizes the school and bad mouths the teachers. Home has a LOT more influence on students than school. So if you're constantly saying the teachers are incompetent, don't expect your child to do anything the teacher says. And if you're constantly criticizing school, don't expect your child to show up or do any work.
12:29 PM on 09/02/2012
This is my 20th year teaching and while there are many good times there are way too many difficult times. If a parent supports me and is realistic I can help their child but if they are always trying to undo what was done in school it is very difficult to get positive results. As for all the people that tell how we have summer off and all of that. First, I probably spent about 80 hours this sumer working on projects for the new school. Second, at least you can go to the restroom when you need to in most other jobs.
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mlaiuppa
Pres. Sarcasm Society. Like we need your approval.
03:29 PM on 09/02/2012
This is my 34th year. I'm as enthusiastic to start this year as I was my first year.

However it is getting more and more difficult to shelter my students from the educational environment their teachers are being inflicted with.

Our jobs are difficult enough without them being made even more difficult by the media and politicians. Not to mention more and more demands for less and less compensation.

Most of the critics don't have to spend their own money for "office" supplies to keep the business going (when was the last time the pizza delivery boy had to buy his own pizza boxes?) or, as you mention, you can only go to the bathroom before work, during your 30 min. lunch break, or after work. Oh, and teachers do NOT get those morning and afternoon breaks that the government requires of other workers. We are exempt from that law.

Don't expect your kid to follow the rules or do their homework if you spend your time at home denigrating the teacher or saying how bad the schools are. Students will not respect education if you're saying all of the teachers are incompetent and that the U.S. is so "bad" when compared to all of the other countries when it comes to public education. Your kids hear all that and they believe you. Nothing a teacher can say or do will change that.
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notjediyet
The Force is with you...
12:21 PM on 09/02/2012
Thank you Tony. Sadly, I feel your message will fall on deaf ears. Society is looking for scapegoats, and teachers are perfect in that role.
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Doris Hochman
SUSIEQUSIE
11:37 AM on 09/02/2012
BLESS YOU TONY
WITH 50+ YEARS BETWEEN US IN THE CLASSROOM - HUBBY AND I COULD WRITE A VERY BIG BOOK ABOUT THE "NOT SO GOOD' DAYS" AND A VERY VERY SMALL BOOK
ABOUT THE "HAPPY DAYS"...WE WERE MOTIVATED, CARING, AND GIVING AND QUITE INTELLIGENT. HOWEVER, WHEN THE WORLD AND IT'S POLITICS DROPS IT'S CHILDREN ( AND WAY TOO MANY PER ROOM) AT YOUR DOORSTEP TO SOLVE THEIR MULTIPLE PROBLEMS: INCLUDING LACK OF MATERIALS, AND NO ADMINISTRATIVE COOPERATION, YOU DO THE BEST YOU CAN, SOMETIMES GET PHYSICALLY SICK, AND MANAGE THE BEST WAY YOU CAN. HOWEVER, WHEN THE POLITICS OF THE WORLD BLAMES YOU FOR THE LACK OF IMPROVEMENT AND THEN SAYS YOUR SALARY WILL DEPEND ON THIS SOMETIMES IMPOSSIBLE IMPROVEMENT.> YOU RETIRE AS SOON AS YOU CAN AND FEEL SORRY FOR THOSE WHO ARE LEFT BEHIND...SOUNDS LIKE A WAR ZONE? IT OFTEN IS BUT 'THEY' DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT....NOT GOOD NEWS HERE AND A REFLECTION OF, POSSIBLY, WHAT IS AND WILL CONTINUE TO HAPPEN IN THIS COUNTRY!

NOT SHOUTING ALL YOU INSULTING FOLKS OUT THERE - I HAVE POOR EYESIGHT -
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Sidolfas
42 is the answer, take the red pill.
11:37 AM on 09/02/2012
I think every person with the capability and the proper mindset to be a teacher needs to, at least for a few years of their life. My plan is to go in to teaching around my mid 40s, after I have had a chance to sock some away for retirement.

I know exactly how difficult I was on teachers, especially in my middle school years. Being fairly gifted, I used to shred teachers the second I detected I may know something they happen not to. Children as a whole lack restraint and mercy at times, which is what makes the teaching field as difficult as it is, or one of many reasons it's as difficult as it is, I should say.

The closest I've come to teaching thus far in life is running a sustainable farm and having interested folks stay out here and learn from me. That alone, with adults is difficult enough let me assure you!

I say bravo to Tony Danza, and each and every teacher in the WORLD, not just America. The future of humanity rides more on your shoulders than any politician, researcher or general could ever imagine.
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bhenry1033
What's this? A ranger caught off his guard?
11:24 AM on 09/02/2012
Do you think he could get some time in front of a congressional committee or two? Nothing like stardom to get a point across. Send him and Matt Damon in there. They would both explain the truth quite nicely.
11:15 AM on 09/02/2012
Thank you, Mr. Danza. In two days, I will begin my 10th year of teaching, leaving a business career to do it. It is still one of the best decisions that I ever made. It is everything that you say it is, but those kids make my day exciting, challenging, and different everyday, and it is because of them that I return each year. To those who feel it necessary to constantly criticize and condemn teachers, I welcome you into my classroom anytime. Spend a day or two, and see what it is really like, and then make those comments. Thank you, again.
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barb582
01:36 PM on 09/02/2012
My story too! Left business and am about to start my 17th year. Best decision I ever made. I love what I do and I do my absolute best for my kids. Good luck teachers! Make it a fabulous year!
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kel2580
Race means nothing to me, we are all one.
11:10 AM on 09/02/2012
No, thank you Mr. Tony Danza. It takes the experience to understand what teaching students is all about. You can sit in any office or cubical or anywhere, make a lot of money, then blame teachers for the failure of students, but believe me, you know NOTHING of education young people until you become one. Your story will change from one of no support for teachers, and a willingness to cut their pay and kill the union to teachers not making enough money, and the union not being strong enough, and wanting the government to stay out of the classroom and putting the blame on whom it belongs, the parents and the school boards of America.
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rosaleee
11:16 AM on 09/02/2012
Did you actually read the story? If so, it must have been in some Bizzaro world, where everything is the opposite of what was actually said.

Danza is SUPPORTING teachers, for heaven's sake!
11:24 AM on 09/02/2012
Um, that's what he said. Did you read his post?
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CoachNelly2
01:37 PM on 09/02/2012
I initially thought the same thing as you....but I *think* kel2580 is using the "you" to address a very broad group of people (ie: legislators and such) instead of "you" to Mr. Danza. A little confusing. Maybe Mr. Danza the English teacher could help him/her out?!
11:06 AM on 09/02/2012
I am a high school teacher. One of the most frustrating and demoralizing things about the job is the lack of motivation of some of the students. You can be a great teacher and many of the kids just don't care, don't value getting good grades and learning. I think in large part, it's our popular culture. It's "cool" to get stuff without having to work hard for it. Many kids think the best teachers are ones that don't require much work from them. Their favorite class is the easiest one. Go ahead, ask your kid.
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Realistic4U
11:05 AM on 09/02/2012
Sorry about the typos in my previous post, got the reading glasses on now. I don't know where people get these fantasies about highly paid union bosses etc. My union's employees work hard for moderate pay.
Some people say teachers are lazy cause they have tenure. Perhaps that is because they themselves would be lazy if they had tenure. I simply don't know of any teachers who don't put in a very long day.
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bobnsue6063
11:42 AM on 09/02/2012
I am a teacher. Sitting every night correcting papers. Going over curriculum, putting together fun projects, buying materials needed, designing tests, entering information into the computer, putting together bulletin boards, Writing newsletters for parents, making charts for children with behavior problems, taking classes to improve my teaching skills such as integrating computers into my curriculum. Contacting parents who can not be reached during the day. I give up my lunch period to help students. Because I have a class that has an ability range of usually about six years I must challenge and design all my curriculum to meet all their needs. The list goes on. I am not alone. I have worked in 4 districts and all the teachers I have worked with do the same thing. All hoping they can make a difference to ensure children are cared for, educated and believe in themselves.
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EHRose
in diversity there is beauty and there is strength
10:57 AM on 09/02/2012
I saw a couple early episodes of Tony's reality show, and the kids had poor Tony crying quite often. I temporarily toyed with the idea of going into secondary education, but decided I couldn't handle it. When I was in 8th grade, poor Ms White was eaten alive by her math students while doing her student teaching and pictured the same happening to me. I didn't have the grit for the job.

Teachers have to put up with so much from the students, parents and school administration...yet they're blamed for trying to actually make a living wage.

I admire anyone willing to teach our young people, and they need to be treated with greater respect. Yes, there are some lousy teachers out there and the means to remove them need to be made easier so that the schools don't decide that it's just easier to put up with them, but that doesn't mean we should blame them as a whole for the world's problems.
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bobnsue6063
11:53 AM on 09/02/2012
Teachers are evaluated and observed every year by the principal and fellow staff members. All reviews finding anything that needs improvement on are checked again to see if it is being corrected. Most teachers look at this as a way to be a better teacher. Do not tell me you do not find a bad bunch in every profession, you will. As a whole, most teachers go over the call of duty to ensure all the students are cared for, educated and have a good self-esteem.
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EHRose
in diversity there is beauty and there is strength
01:31 PM on 09/02/2012
Did my post sound like I disagree with what you wrote?? I wrote the part about bad teachers because they exist, just like in any other profession, but a few bad teachers doesn't justify the bashing that teachers are getting.

You imply that there is always a way of dealing with them. A coworker of mine, after repeated complaints about her son’s math teacher, finally got the administration to admit that he was given honors math to teach because he, "would do the least amount of harm there."

What does this say about the school? They do not think they can get rid of this teacher? They do not want to spend the time trying? They do not have enough documentation yet to do so? I have heard that this is a problem in my state, and from teachers too. There are too many hoops to jump through so they frequently don’t try. It may be different in yours.

Changes need to be made to make it easier for the administration to get the teacher to improve or be able to fire them if they won’t. Unions did was make it harder for employees to be fired without cause which was a good thing, but in some cases it’s gone too far the other way.

I am part of the same union, but in higher education. As I already said, I didn’t think I could handle teenagers!
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Realistic4U
10:57 AM on 09/02/2012
I teach at am inner city high school. Last year about 40% of my students were unwilling to do any classwork. The most common problem was that they felt they were going to fail anyway, so why bother. They were convinced they could not learn in school, and even if they did they could never succeed in college which they are told they must do, or they were convinced they could never succeed at a job. Yes, I did convince some to make that effort, but it had to be done on a one to one basss, and that's difficult with 40 students to a class. It was also difficult cause they were often not at school.
There were also some into a marijuana culture, some into a gang culture. Many felt school was boring and wanted it to be entertained, but seemed unwilling to meet it halfway by trying to be interested in the world and learning about it.
Fortunately, the majority were wonderful young people, striving and doing their best. Often frustrated at the slow pace of class due to the others who never seemed to get it, who just wanted to talk etc. I really did help them to learn and I am proud of them. However, they came to school about two or three years behind in skills compared to the suburban children, so my best successes advanced and really only became average.
09:31 AM on 09/03/2012
Very interesting that you have 40 students to a class,but yet I hear no bellyaching.There are alway a few good ones like you. In my school district the teacher's union are crying the blues that they have 21-23 students to a class. This is what upsets the taxpayer that pay their wages. Some of these prima donnas should work a day in the inner city and really earn their pay. I forgot to mention the AVE. wage is 60k......Wachusett Regional High School, Holden,Ma.
10:21 AM on 09/03/2012
Smaller classrooms are proven to promote a better education. Maybe that's the reason why teachers complain about large classrooms. I personally transferred from a huge college where I had a mediocre ed. to a smaller college with teachers who actually could work one on one with me. Smaller classrooms are better.
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MrMusicFlood
Republicans are ruining the world
10:54 AM on 09/02/2012
Teaching is most definitely one of the most difficult jobs in America.
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merhoba
10:53 AM on 09/02/2012
I accept your apology, if you will continue to advocate for education!!!!
10:48 AM on 09/02/2012
Absolutely. And this guy is a Republican.