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.
#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 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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.