Oh yea, no one else has to deal with stuff like that. Boo hoo hoo. Boo hoo hoo for you… Grow up. Teaching is a job. I’m sorry that the NEA and their politicians have told you otherwise. If they had been honest from the start perhaps you would have chosen a different career. Maybe not. But at least you could have made an honest decision.
I have no doubt that schools need more money. But I hardly think basic knowledge of “reading, writing, and 'rithmatic” are miracles. You have hostile students only because you (or the school district) have shown weakness and a willingness to give in. Children are immeasurablly resiliant and adaptive and will repsond to any challenge given to them. To think that they won’t is to degrade them to simple cattle.
Standardized testing, that’s who.
** Sincerely, I’m sure everybody here has raised great kids who value education and are the bright shining faces who remind me how teaching is supposed to work. Your sweeties are in classrooms with an entire system that manages by crises-- not because they want to, but because our society as a whole has very clearly stated it doesn’t want to accept any responsibility and wants the easiest, fastest ‘solution,’ not the best.[\b][\quote]
Its everyone else’s fauly isn’t it? Society won’t accept any resposibilty? Well, step on up. How much are you, or the NEA, willing to accept?
Yes it should be and yes it can be. Of course, schools should not be factories on the line of those found in “The Wall”, but to send our children to an institution whose sole purpose is to educate them and we get out folks who can “read, write, or 'rithmatic” the system and everyone party to it has failed.