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  •  BTW What do you plan on teaching? n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were amazed at Him. Mark 12:17

    by bkamr on Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 02:30:54 AM PDT

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    •  High school English :) (0+ / 0-)

      "I used to have goals. They were *evil* goals, but they were *goals*."--Dr. Doofenschmirtz

      by ChurchofBruce on Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 05:36:10 AM PDT

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      •  I'm trying to be polite, but your comments (0+ / 0-)

        really have seemed to contain a bit of vitriol toward teachers, that got presented with a very broad brush.

        I have to ask.  Do you dislike teachers in general as much as your comments seem to indicate?  And if so, why do you want to join the profession?

        I was so curious about this that I did read your other diaries to try to develop a better understanding.  It seems you disliked a teacher who later turned out to have been right and was trying to help you succeed in ways that you could not have forseen early on in life.

        That might argue for a lesson learned about giving some teachers the benefit of a doubt.

        You seem stressed and angry about things going on in your life.  That can certainly happen juggling work, family and school.  But, why the anger seeping out against teachers?  It's a profession that you are aspiring to join, and as a teacher, I'm frankly a little concerned about that.  

        Teachers regularly experience the craziest set of heart breaking rocks and narrow places that are imaginable.  You have administrators who want ALL students to pass the state tests as you trying to hold tender psyches together as: - the child is missing class to be in court to testify against their incest abuser - you are trying to build up enough trust with a kid to take off the fur lined hoodie in MAY to see if they are cutting themselves since their mom got murdered at Christmas, BTW he's failing everything and he tests at an 11th grade reading level and used to be "gifted." How do you RESCUE this child? - 6 kids' families just fell apart and are in horrible divorces ... they are acting out or vanishing in response - YEAH! I think.  This child has FINALLY been taken away from the dad who has beating him.  That took us a year and two broken arms to make it happen.  Oh Lord, PLEASE, make the foster home a better place. - 2 kids lost their homes to foreclosure and are grieving falling out of the Middle Class - parents panicked etc. - 22 kids being raised by grandparents on fixed incomes w/ parents AWOL for whatever reasons

        I could go on. This is a partial list about just last year's children I did my best to teach and help. In a middle class, suburban district. THAT's a snapshot of what teachers see since the public school system is the ONLY place in all of America that EVERYTHING that is going on in America arrives, each day, in our doors in the hearts, minds and souls of America's children.

        Teaching is NOT an easy profession, to say the least, nowadays.  The myth that there are lots of folks in it for an easy paycheck is just that -- a myth.  Oh, and that administrators can't fire a bad teacher?  That is silly falsehood too.  LMAO  Your contract will provide a clear way for you to be fired.  

        I wish you well in your new professional venture.  I spent 20 years in corporate America and was at the executive level before I chose to become a teacher to give back to my community and country. I've found that the teachers I work with have a higher level of competence and comittment than most, if not all, the public teams I led in Fortune 100 companies.

        Just saying that the broad brush anger you seem to be so happily and righteously projecting at the folks in the profession that you are studying to join ... well, that seems a bit odd and frankly concerns me. Not in terms of you being critical of teaching in general, but rather in terms of your suitability and fit for the true rigors that OUR profession requires nowadays.

        If you have "trouble suffering idiots," do not become a teacher.  You will spend a goodly portion of your time doing that at multiple levels within the administration and among parents (LOL email me after the 10th parent who calls you drunk or high) as you try to do what your heart and soul wants to do -- teach!  

        In the meantime, there are those of us out there who are dealing with this and trying to teach your little Miss extra-culricular. Which frankly, YOUR way of addressing her told me that there are problems in YOUR house with how this little girl may be getting spoiled by one parent from the step-parent's perspective etc. who is being asked to do pick-ups since you aren't "really working full-time?"

        Yeah, right. College is NOT full time work. (snark)

        But look at this.  You're own real life scenario with YOU hoping to become a teacher.  Your anger is going where?

        Hello!  No. A teacher with 32 kids per class and a class load of 125-360 children should NOT have to be concerned about their class time being interrupted and getting the rest of other parents' children back on track due to one kid's after-school clubs.

        I wish you well with your family situation and future profession.  I really do. Just things to think about that they don't have in those teacher's classes to consider.  

        "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were amazed at Him. Mark 12:17

        by bkamr on Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 04:36:33 PM PDT

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