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  •  I just want kids to (3+ / 0-)
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    get what they need to have a good life.  As I used to tell my students, "Fair is not equal.  Fair is everyone getting what they need."  

    It's a huge challenge to address the needs of each child but I know so many teachers who work long hours to make sure that they do their best, even under the kinds of systems that are evolving now.  I know people who spend 20 hours each weekend to mostly catch up on all the inane paperwork so that they can spend the week teaching and taking care of kids.  

    I was never blessed with children, but I took it as an almost sacred duty to do that for all the kids who came through the door.  They were and are MY kids.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 06:38:27 PM PDT

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    •  You sound like a really good teacher... (2+ / 0-)
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      that your students are blessed to have.  I would wish you always a classroom full of kids who had chosen you as their teacher instead of perhaps some there against their will.

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

      by leftyparent on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 08:48:22 PM PDT

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      •  Alas, I have retired. (3+ / 0-)
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        That is another long story, the essence of which is that I refused to play along with the powers that be.  I'm a rebel and I held out for as long as I could, but there was a point at which I had to leave.

        I do get to see former students often at church.  I'm rewarded with tales of what good things they've done and even get a hug now and then.  I have played for their weddings and tickled their kids.  Parents still call me Miss xxx even though I ask them to use my first name.  I wouldn't trade my years in the classroom for anything.  :-)

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 09:07:56 PM PDT

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        •  That is really an outstanding quote. (3+ / 0-)
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          "Fair is not equal.  Fair is everyone getting what they need."  

          If you starve the middle class, whose gonna pay for your crap?

          by rosabw on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 04:32:43 AM PDT

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          •  Got that from (0+ / 0-)

            a multi-age education conference several years ago.  I taught in mostly poor schools and some of the kids really did need a LOT of extra attention.  The ones who found things easier would sometimes get their noses out of joint and that quote was just right.  They immediately understood.  Kids are great!

            -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

            by luckylizard on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:58:30 AM PDT

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            •  I'm reading in Ed Week of entire schools... (2+ / 0-)
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              shifting their programs to learning at the student's rather than the state's pace.

              Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

              by leftyparent on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 09:01:01 AM PDT

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              •  I hope so. (1+ / 0-)
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                It can be a great challenge to do that when there are classrooms full of kids, but it is so rewarding when you see all those little light bulbs go off in their heads.  :-)  It takes a real investment of time and resources and a commitment to following through.  

                The problem with every educational "reform" movement I've seen is that they don't leave it in place long enough to let it work.  You can't change things every three, four, or five years and expect good results.  Sometimes, the results aren't seen until the kids move on to the next level.  It's hard/impossible for politicians to be that patient.  In the end, I don't think that many of them care much about education, except to use it to get attention during the election cycles.  Otherwise, they see it as some kind of giant sinkhole where the money goes in and there are, at best, only poor ways to measure its effect.

                -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

                by luckylizard on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 03:38:41 PM PDT

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                •  But I think it is unrealistic fantasy to... (0+ / 0-)

                  set up a system of regimented age-based learning that requires all the lightbulbs to go off at the same time or someone gets left behind.

                  IMO people learn best at their own pace on their own initiative.  Anything else smacks of programming and indoctrination.

                  Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

                  by leftyparent on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 09:00:38 AM PDT

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              •  I hope so. n/t (0+ / 0-)

                -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

                by luckylizard on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 03:40:02 PM PDT

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                •  Well, duh! That reply (0+ / 0-)

                  disappeared and I didn't want to type it again, so I just did the short version.  Now, you've got them both.  :-)

                  -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

                  by luckylizard on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 03:41:07 PM PDT

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