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  •  "No longer a humble calling" (6+ / 0-)

    This was the headline for an opinion piece in the local paper.  The editor of the newspaper was referring to the new contract that we will soon (hopefully) sign.  The opinion piece includes statements as: (to paraphrase)

    If the rest of us are struggling to make ends meet, why shouldn't the teachers?

    Teachers aren't the heroes they think they are

    Teachers shouldn't be making more for putting out dumber kids

    As Ken pointed out, education is a reflection of our times.  I truly believe that; the outdated high school is being renovated for the third time, leaking roofs (rooves?) are going unfixed... the failing econony is making lots of people think twice about "extra" activites like art and music (sigh).
    NCLB has been an awful thing for education (and I've only been teaching two years!) - it is giving parents false expectations of what their kids should be learning; it is giving fine arts teachers the shaft, and it certainly doesn't promote higher-level thinking.  Heaven forbid people learn to think!
    A great diary, Ken.  You have inspired to me do something (don't know what, yet) today to be more of an advocate for public education.  :)

    "Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead." - Scottish proverb

    by I teach music on Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 04:40:28 AM PDT

    •  In our area... (1+ / 0-)
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      we had a teacher's strike because of the long-term lack of a contract and terrible wages...

      the local press painted the teachers in such a terrible light that the entire community was turned against them.

      a friend of mine who teaches in the district reported having things thrown at him while he stood on the picket line -- by parents of kids in his very class!

      this is not the way to help our country. There is nothing "extra" about art, music, languages, science...

      fortunately, we have bush to help us understand if our children is learning... sigh.

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