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  •  Hang in there and thanks (2+ / 0-)
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    peregrine kate, Domestic Elf

    My partner of many years is a second grade teacher.  This year she has 30 kids in her class, and is being hammered every day by the completely unqualified cheerleaders, jocks, and politicians who control American education.

    She has 26 years of experience, a master's degree, and spent a good bit of yesterday consoling one of her 7 year-old students whose mother lay dying of brain cancer.  Mom actually passed away yesterday and the overwhelmed father, having little resources or social support decided the best place for his two stricken children was with the teachers they love.

    The answer to the problems of our schools lies not with testing, the latest curricular fad, computers in every class, etc., etc., but with the guild of dedicated professionals who actually teach, and with the rest of us honestly addressing the social deprivation that kids bring to school every day.  The teachers know what it takes.   The rest of us are at best amateurs with opinions, at worse we are foolish wreckers.

    Labor was the first price paid for all things. It was not by money, but by labour, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased. - Adam Smith

    by boatwright on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 06:01:08 AM PDT

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