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  •  Being snippy is OK (0+ / 0-)

    If your kids are learning.

    Being a teacher is an extremely tough job and takes a lot of strength.

    I just have had too many teachers that thought their job was to convert me to their political side instead of teaching me the course material.

    In fact, one of my all time favorite teachers did exactly that. I loved his class, I loved the passion of his politics, but didn't learn a thing.

    It wasn't until I was in college that I wished that he had spent a little less time on politics and a little more time on chemistry.

    •  a couple of points (2+ / 0-)
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      texasmom, FarWestGirl
      1.  I was being snippy with person 2 whom I was responding.  I am provoking and challenging, but not snippy, to my students
      1.  I want my students to participate as citizens.  I model that.  And I could not pretend I do not have positions.  For one thing, I am too highly visible.  For another, that would be being less than honest and trusting with my students.

      But I do not seek to convert my students to my point of view.  I tell them, and their parents, my job includes helping them hone their own thinking and learning to express it more cogently when speaking and writing.  In the process I may create my own worst nightmare, an articulate and persuasive advocate for a position I abhor.  In which case as a teacher I am happy - I have empowered my students.

      do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

      by teacherken on Wed Dec 23, 2009 at 08:29:09 PM PST

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