Skip to comments.13 Things Your Child's Teacher Won't Tell You(look at THIS BS)!
Posted on 09/08/2010 9:35:24 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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I read that earlier today.
Some of it is valid.
Could someone explain to me why ‘Dakota’ is a kids name now?
I swear I’m going to have another kid just so I can name him Wyoming.
I don’t think it’s baloney at all. In fact, it sounds right on to me. Teachers very often are everything to the kids. My best friend teaches in the inner city. I know.
Exactly what part of this is BS?
Some of these hit home just because so many parents depend on the public screwl system to handle everything.
Defund! End public education! Homeschooling or private education are better options and give parents much more say in what their children learn.
Yes, sports stars make a lot more money than teachers. But there are a lot more people who can teach primary school than there are people with exceptional, professional-level athletic ability.
This article makes teachers seem like ungrateful complainers. Teaching is hard, yes, but they also get a three-month vacation.
BAH. END the government monopoly on education NOW!
Public schools should exist to educate the 5% who are the problems, the destitute and the unteachable.
The other 95% should be privately educated or at home.
First, there are a LOT of law-school grads that don't even make that the first few years after passing the bar. Plenty of fresh engineers would LOVE to be making $51K, or working AT ALL.
Second, It's called the free-market, sweetheart. If you were 6'9", with long arms, mad hops and a killer J, there would be somebody willing to pay you that kind of scratch. But alas, you aren't.
Instead, you decided to go into a field that requires one of the least demanding degrees, is LOADED with free-time, to include summer's off, and has virtually ZERO risk for poor performance. It's that simple. Unlike the baller - who theoretically has to perform or get get cut (or benched), you get the same old same old, irrespective of how well you do, or don't do your job. This is probably why you also don't want standardized testing.
I’m not sure what part of this is considered to be BS? Personally, I think they are all valid points.
I just wanted to add—I guess I just found that line about “no more mugs or frames” really irritating. The article is so cynical.
I’ve never had a bad experience like that. In fact, I wrote a letter to the editor about an amazing thing my daughter’s teacher did last year—she made individual photo albums for all the kids in her class, with pictures from the entire year and a page with all her friends’ signatures. She really went above and beyond, and wrote us a nice thank-you for our gift to her, a bubble bath kit.
#9 is the only one I have real problems with. They should neither fulfill these roles nor be expected to do so.
I’m a Cubmaster.
Yesterday, a mom wrote me about a private conversation I had with the divorced dad, and his opinion of the new boyfriend.
The dad actually took one of my comments out of context to mess with her ex-wife’s head. Ex-wife, putting the opinion of the boy’s CUBMASTER in high regard, begged me to dish my opinion of the boyfriend, because she was about to take the next step with him.
I got another call at midnight once from the stoned dad of another kid, who lied about the father of another boy in the Pack, telling me he’s running whores out of his house, and dealing drugs. None of it was true, but why a CUBMASTER?
The integrity of the social fabric of this country is in tatters right now, at least in WA state.
Our state has the lowest church attendance rate in the US. I can tell you that its showing.
What is BS? I was a teacher and would agree with everything said here.
Earlier this year, a teacher told me that the last two months of school are a complete waste. They spend most of March teaching kids how to take the big state tests in April. April is Test Month and Spring Break,and by then, the school year is basically over! She said there’s no point in beginning major study units in May because of all the end-of-the-year activities. Three months all but lost due to the emphasis placed on standardized testing. Now THAT’s BS!
I’m a very big proponent of homeschooling, and I don’t believe the fedgov has any business in “education”, but...
there are kids who have parents who really don’t give a rip about them besides getting a welfare check to support them. All these kids have for a parent is school and their public school teacher.
What do we do with them? I don’t know.
I think the only real issue is #3 - sick of standardized testing.
If the teacher is not a member of the NEA, then its probably a valid point.
But if he/she is a member, then he/she is part of the problems that made standarized testing the first attempt at a solution. Take it up with your union - the one that does everything possible to prevent actual education from happening in the classroom while simultaneously being one of the largest political action groups in the country and then we can talk about standardized testing.
Could someone explain to me why Dakota is a kids name now?
If you’re expecting twins, can you call one South Dakota and the other North Dakota?
If schools were still small, neighborhood centers of learning there would be no need for teachers’ unions and all the other distractions that intrude upon this very special relationship: students, teachers & parents.
Are parochial schools still surviving in this chaos?
2. Im not a marriage counselor. At parent-teacher conferences, lets stick to Dakotas progress, not how your husband wont help you around the house.
In addition, no I can't tell you have to get little Johnny up, nor am I able to call him at 6:30 in the morning to remind you and him to get up.
3. Were sick of standardized testing and having to teach to the test.
You better believe it.
5. When I hear a loud belch, I remember that a students manners are a reflection of his parents'
This was illlustrated at my back to school night when the parent of a student walked in my door and let loose a 5 second belch. His wife giggled, the son high-fived him, and go figure, the son repeated the same act the next day during school.
8. Guys who dribble a ball for a couple of hours a game can make up to $20 million a year. We educate future leaders and make about $51,000 a year.
I've been teaching for almost 15 years and 51k is still well off in my future.
10. Kids dish on your secrets all the timemoney, religion, politics, even Dads vasectomy.
In the middle of class yesterday a student raised her hand and said out of the middle of no where "If I'm late tomorrow, I have to be at court to tell the judge which parent I want to live with."
11. Please, no more mugs, frames, or stuffed animals. A gift card to Starbucks or Staples would be more than enough. A thank-you note: even better.
The thank you notes I have recieved are worth more than any amount of money I've ever been given.
12. We love snow days and three-day weekends as much as your kid does.
Some truth to that, but I get antsy if we have too many snow days in a row.
13. The students we remember are happy, respectful, and good-hearted, not necessarily the ones with the highest grades.
I'm not sure which ones are BS in your opinion, but there is truth to all of them.
Yes, but if the kid gets in trouble, the parents are the 1st to blame the school system also. My SIL and BIL both teach in the public school system and I hear all sorts of horror stories.
Like one room schools?
You think teaching is easy? Are you insane?! It’s not just hard, it’s IMPOSSIBLE! I’d rather work in a factory for 70 hours a week.
You don’t just stick 30 kids in a room and explain the ABCs, you bear the entire weight of the community and it’s endless problems on your shoulders. Unless the teacher doesn’t care about the kids...then it’s a breeze.
The stories I could tell...
The service and sacrifice are worth it, but sometimes...you just gotta think what is WRONG...
with the PARENTS in this country sometimes?
That’s a serious problem, and I don’t know what to do either. I suspect that some level of “public school” is unavoidable, but anyone who possibly can would try to seek an alternative. One problem today is that the government actively works to make the alternatives difficult so that most people just default back on public schooling. I’d think to see that reversed.
Listen to what you're saying. The test isn't the problem, the problem lies with the teachers and the school administrators who allow the time to be spent the way it is.
The taxpayer has not only the right, but the obligation to inspect what they expect. And, what they expect is that the teachers are teaching. The ONLY way to do that is to test the fruits of the teacher's alleged labor. That is accomplished with testing - which shouldn't be called testing, but inspecting.
My wife has been an educator for 25-years. She's a professor of English. She rants, especially this time of year - the start of the school year - about how criminally unprepared her incoming students are - almost incapable of writing anything longer than a tweet. BUT, the students sure know it's ok for little Suzie to have two mommies.
If teachers spent more time teaching, and less time social engineering, the end of the year testing wouldn't be a problem, for anyone.
No kidding? And teacher's conferences in Atlantic City during the school year, and professional days, and instead of having Columbus Day off we take the week before Columbus day just to make it hard on you, and November might as well be a month off with all of the BS days off, and tons of half days at the end of the year, etc...
Amen to that. I have worked in public education for over 25 years and don’t make a lot of money. But, since my salary comes from tax payers, I should NOT make a lot of money. Come on educators, get your head out of the clouds and stick to educating children.
And the reason for standardized tests is to INSURE that students know and understand basic information. Why is that so hard to understand?
They didn't always hit upon the right resolution.
Also, when kids are being sexually abused, they are instructed to tell an authority figure, like a teacher.
Don't want to "fix it", find a job that does not carry authority and social work.
I'm sure managers didn't take the job to resolve disputes between coworkers either.
The parents who care will get their kids to good schools.
Schools would compete for the kids whose parents care, increasing quality and efficiency and service.
The kids whose parents don’t care would still be in the “public” school, but, I’m sorry to say, they were probably “doomed” to low academic performance anyway, due to their parents.
Because this would work, the left opposes vouchers whenever they are brought up.
That is $51,000 for 9 months of work. It doesn’t include the generous public retirement benefits that allow a lot of teachers to retire in their fifties, unlike most private sector people.
Hey - mine had two rooms;) LOL!!!!
The ideal solution would be much like the original church-affiliated schools. Everyone pitched in - usually with at least one professional teacher. Home-schoolers could accomplish the same thing if there were enough children and funding in a limited area to support a facility. Sadly, there would be too many Federal, STate & local regulations.
I can agree with you that #’S 3,4,5,9, and 13 are B.S.
So they don’t want to be evaluated, and they blame parents for everything wrong with the kids.
Here are some other “Things Your Child’s Teacher Won’t Tell You”
14. Being conservative, Christian, or patriotic means you’re not educated and I’ll make sure to have all my students be liberal atheistic people of the world no matter what you teach them at home.
15. I worship at the altar of education and believe that being educated makes you good
17. Sex education and encouraging teen sex is a good way to break your children’s ties from you, so I’ll make sure to ridicule any sense of chastity or sexual virtue in sex ed.
I don’t have an issue with any test. I have an issue with 2-3 months of the school year being wasted teaching to the test.
The whole system is a mess from the top down.
So why is this my problem?
Learn to dribble a basketball if you want to make the big bucks.
When I see 7 reports of teachers molesting their students, it's a reflection on corrupt public schools and the teachers' unions.
A little pespective: I am a teacher and I am in the process of moving. I have so many little gifts, candles, etc. that are special but require lots of boxes. :) My most cherished possession is the big, think purple folder in which I keep every letter written to me by a student or parent. On those cold, dreary winter days, I get a hot cup of coffee and read each one of those letters and reflect on the writer.
You better believe it.
I have long wondered why teachers complain about this aspect of their jobs. I mean, if a kid is being tested on grammar, doesn't teaching to the test mean a child will be taught subject verb agreement, correct usage of pronouns, etc.?
I'm not trying to be snarky. I'd like a real explanation for why teaching to the test bothers teachers so much. I hear the complaint all the time.
Actually more, "you're" getting paid for doing nothing.
#10 is SO TRUE! (kids dish on your secrets)
My aunt taught Kindergarten for 27 yrs. and had more juicy gossip available to her than anyone else in town!
So is #2. Not just for teachers. Years ago I had a job selling retail electronics, and I was amazed how many couples would wait until they were 3 feet away from me across a counter before having their marriage-ending argument about whether they really needed to buy this thing or not.
What’s on the standardized tests that you’re not teaching the information that’s going to be covered on them all year? Why do you have to specifically concentrate on covering that information the month before the test?
3. Were sick of standardized testing and having to teach to the test.
Tough - that is the requirement. We as parents are required by law to supervise our children and to provide an education. To do that, we need to know not only how our childern perform but how the teachers and schools perform as well. Quit complaining and do the job you have been paid to do.
9. We take on the role of mother, father, psychologist, friend, and adviser every day.
Then you are not doing your job. You are there to teach and NOT be a mother or father or psychologist to my child.
I wonder if there’s another list:
“13 Things That Teen At The Fast Foot Register Won’t Tell You”
Unlike some homeschoolers, I don’t mind standardized tests as it gives me a snapshot of what my kids have retained.
However, I never prep them for it or teach towards it. I teach, they learn. If they learned it well, it shows on the test.
In GA, we only have to test every 3 years, and in my experience that has been enough. There have been several studies showing most of these children who are “behind” in K-2 usually catch up by 4th grade anyway.
Might be fun to come up with ‘13 Things a Student’s Parents Won’t Tell You’
Standardized testing is different than assessment testing. Standardized testing has been around for decades. Assessment testing is the new kid on the block and what (most) teachers detest.
Which is fine with me. The reason politicians started down the road of assessment tests is because the teaching establishment abdicated their main responsibility of actually teaching kids in favor of making sure no kid had self-esteem issues. Curriculum was dumbed down, down, down, to the point where huge numbers of kids were graduating high school without knowing even the most basic things.
Assessment tests were mandated in an attempt to get teachers back on track.
Wasn't there a South Park episode about that?
Parent-teacher conferences are an UTTER, TOTAL, COMPLETE, and IRREDEEMABLE **WASTE** OF TIME!
(Principles and teachers in government schools will do what **they** want irregardless of parent opinion.)
(Yes, I am shouting and being redundant!)
The other challenge is that all the kids take the same test, including those that are mild to moderately disabled, learning disabled, autistic, emotionally disturbed, and/or disadvantaged in a variety of ways. Schools are now up to needing close to 100% passing now (I think the goal is 88% this year) so even have 87% passing in one or more subgroups labels the entire school as failing. It's nerve-wracking.
Luckily for me, I teach reading, so that cramming session doesn't happen for me. But I do see others go through it.
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