“#3 - I'm not sure why you used quotations for the word "professionals." I have a Masters Degree in my field, and I'm looking into continuing my education even further so that I can better serve my students. I don't judge your job. I don't think your job is easy. Unless you do my job you should extend me the same courtesy. I am a professional, and I work very hard. My seat is in the classroom, but collaboration, observations, and professional development is the best way to spread excellent teaching ideas.
#2 - Quantifiable for the kids that are ready and able to take this test. I've already addressed this.
#1 - It isn't a curriculum. It's a second set of national standards. I don't have a particular problem with it, but there needs to be a lot of adaptation and training on how to implement this in the classroom effectively. Essentially things get dropped in our laps without a lot of explanation, and we're left to 'figure it out.' This leads to spending A LOT of our personal time and planning time trying to figure something out that wasn't explained clearly. Essentially, a good set of workshops on the subject would solve a lot of our problems.”
carleronn on Jul 17, 2013 at 00:01:30
“Your letter is a list of excuses. I'm not saying you're a bad teacher but you have bought into a bad system. Just teach. Demand everyone's best effort. Don't make an excuses for failure. Hold them back. No social advancement, etc”
“#5 - My job isn't just to teach content, it is to be a role model. My job is to coach, mentor, and inspire my students. It's wonderful if the kids can multiply double-digit x double-digit numbers when they leave my classroom, but I think it's even better if they have grown as a person and look back 15 years later and can say that I believed them and encouraged them. That's worth more than the score on a standardized test. Plus, some students will never reach the benchmark by the time the standardized test rolls around. They just won't, and that's okay. We learn at different rates. But placing my job on the line because not every student learns the same way, and punishing me because I can't cram enough content down their throat before a specific period of time is a shame.
#4 - The system is flawed at it's very base. Until we correct issues at home the issues at school will continue. There is nothing that these individuals are suggesting that will "fix" education. All you're creating are nervous students, nervous teachers, and nervous school districts scrambling for the "mystical formula" to student success that doesn't exist.”
“I'm sorry that you clearly have a black and white view of education. Let's address these individually:
#7 - I'm THRILLED that you take on the responsibility to teach your children right from wrong, that bullying is unacceptable, sharing is necessary, and working together is a beneficial skill. Unfortunately, a lot of parents don't. That puts the pressure on me, the classroom teacher, to fill in those gaps so all the children in my classroom learn the LIFE SKILLS necessary, regardless of their home background.
Also, your child's teacher shouldn't be a stranger. They probably spend as much time each day with your child as you do - get to know them.
#6 - Yes, one size fit all when kids with special needs were shipped off to another school or confined to a classroom in the back of the school without being challenged. One size fit all when kids with behavior issues were simply thrown in juvie or expelled from school. One size fit all when the slower learners were written off and the high achievers were bored. There was no differentiation.”
“He is only legally married to his first wife. The rest are married to him by a ceremony, but no official documents...so technically to the state he only has one wife. In this case all of the wives were consenting adults free to make their own choice - most of them are from polygamist households.
Personally, after you're legally an adult I say do whatever makes you and your family happy. They raise their children with a stricter set of morals than most families, and the children seem to be happy and loved. If this is their religion and their set of beliefs I don't feel it's right to cry illegal and stomp on it just because it differs from our 'usual' set of ideals.”
“"PE is one of the first things to go when the budget gets cut. PE? How many schools even have recess anymore either from lack of space or the fear than sombody will sued if little Janie falls down and skins her knee."
So, SO true. And then you have kids that say they can't participate because of this...or that, and the parents back that. So what are you supposed to do as a teacher? What are you supposed to do when parents pack a kindergartener a cookie the size of their head for lunch? It's their kid, but we are being told its our responsibility to "fix" all the issues as a school.”
“Exactly...healthy eating habits start at home and it starts by watching what your parents put on their plate.
But the government can't regulate parents...and they can regulate schools. So guess who becomes the target...”