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  •  Ok, when I taught in the public school system, I (1+ / 0-)
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    only taught in title 1 schools because I wanted to.  I wasn't a "leftover" nor was I not a good teacher because I taught in the type of districts you just spoke about.  

    I have met and worked along side some of the best teachers ever in title 1 schools. The kind of teachers who wouldn't step foot in an upper-income districts because part of the allure of their job was to make a real difference in their students' lives and in the community that they served.  Teachers can do that much more in a title 1 school and low income districts, when you really think about it.   I also taught in Texas and I can honestly say, in a lot of respects,  it was a better experience for me than other states I have been in.  

    Great teachers are everywhere and we only know what we see in this video.  We have no idea if or why this teacher was assigning packets everyday....was it district mandate?  Was it require end of course reviews?  Or was it really not packets everyday but simply that day for whatever reason? Etc.  Perhaps the student is right in his assessment of this teacher or perhaps he was being kicked out for some infraction and that was his way of "steaming".  Until I hear from the teacher and her point of view, so I can see both sides....can I make a valid judgement of this one single moment in a classroom...and that's all we see here, one single moment.

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      I can't believe how many good liberals were slamming this teacher on Facebook. They're ready to base judgment on her entire performance based on a 2 minute YouTube video. As I pointed out, she may very well be a horrible teacher, but you can't make that determination based on a 2 minute video. If she's giving out packets it's PROBABLY because it's what the district/administration TOLD her to do. You don't follow the curriculum, you're out of a job!

      Others also said her response says she doesn't care. I responded that if she DID respond emotionally, she would be hauled in to the administrator's office. Parents who can't be bothered to put down the remote & attend parent/teacher night are usually the first to complain that a teacher had the NERVE to discipline their kid. They come down on the principal who then comes down on the teacher.

      The kid is obviously passionate, and he did the RIGHT thing in going back to school, but he's not automatically a hero nor is the teacher automatically a villain.

      FWIW, my girlfriend teaches special ed at a charter school. I taught HS English for two years & I currently teach college as an adjunct.

      A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

      by METAL TREK on Sun May 12, 2013 at 10:48:11 AM PDT

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