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  •  Maybe, but at least it corresponds (4+ / 0-)
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    to a kind of fairness principle that obviously doesn't prevail now.

    Slight aside: I've always argued that K-12 teacher salaries are too low, primarily because they act as a disincentive for talented people to enter a profession little respected by the public.  Starting teacher salaries in the Central European countries where I've worked are hor-ri-ble, but no parent there would think o rake a teacher over the coals because (s)he wasn't being considerate enough of their little darlings; instead, it's a deferential doff of the hat and a "Grüß Gott, Frau Professor!" or "Jó napot, kedves professzorúr!" whenever they're seen on the streets.

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 10:47:20 AM PDT

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    •  i had the same experience in east asia n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      •  Oh, I can imagine. (0+ / 0-)

        My experiences teaching in East Asia are limited, but I know that students tend to be deferential to the point of not wanting to speak.  If the teacher says it, it must be true, so inspiring critical evaluation of a statement is difficult.  At least viva voce; I've had better experiences once they're writing.

        Of course, I haven't been everywhere in East Asia (hardly, in fact!) . . .

        Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

        by corvo on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 12:08:51 PM PDT

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        •  well, i was teaching primary school language then (0+ / 0-)

          so there was more rote instruction and less critical thinking involved. i was speaking more to one's social position, not just with students, or their parents, but everyday people in the community. even if we were paid very little by local standards, being a teacher was a position of status, something very, very different in american society (and even moreso among the administrative and legislative types that plague american education).

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