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  •  worth expanding to book/wikibook length (9+ / 0-)
    We entered teaching because we wanted to make a difference in the lives of the students who passed through our classrooms. Many of us are leaving sooner than we had planned because the policies already in effect and those now being implemented mean that we are increasingly restricted in how and what we teach.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 11:05:32 PM PDT

    •  Agreed. (8+ / 0-)

      The assault on teachers is now so normalized that it's taken on the status of fact. Underpaid, overworked, mistrusted by ill-informed parents, disrespected by administrators and politicians:  teachers are the brunt of a cruel national joke.  How will we ever change this, especially as the financial sector perceives profit in our demise?

    •  Yes! Please do this (5+ / 0-)

      I read khan's book, and while I agree with some points (like requiring mastery before you move on in math and science), the idea of a huge room of students all working individually is fantasy.

      Kids don't act like that. Especially kids who don't want to be there, can't see any reason for what they're learning, are hungry, hurting, etc.

      And that's most of the kids in school.

      Besides that, math is an easy subject to measure. You can either solve the problem or you can't. Most other things are not that easy, nor is progress that linear.

      The hardest thing is teaching kids to think, and apply what they know to something else. That's always been the hardest thing to teach, and the hardest to measure.

      On top of that, teaching is like parenting. Often you don't know if you've succeeded up until years later. If ever.

      •  Part of the cause of the difficulty (2+ / 0-)
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        in leading children to think, is that our socialization processes punish attention to certain kinds of details, like nature, the world around us and individual eccentricities. Additionally, when a child makes an accurate, but embarrassing observation, the are told in strong words, either that their observation is not true, or to shut up.  Small children have a lot of discontinuities in their knowledge base, and can be confused by being told they are wrong, when everything that they have sensed tells them that they are right.  This can lead to distrust of parents and other adults, and distrust of their own developing judgment.  Sometimes life for kids is multiple guess,l because the rational part of judgement has been compromised.

        Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but religion is assuredly the first.

        by StrayCat on Sat Aug 10, 2013 at 09:03:38 AM PDT

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    •  plus 1 more eom (0+ / 0-)

      "like a roofer or a dancer or a cheese cutter or a lumber jack" " rubyr Sat Aug 14, 2010 at 12:24:28 AM PDT

      by sometv on Sat Aug 10, 2013 at 11:19:03 AM PDT

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