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  •  where's the PR campaign on behalf of public ed? (9+ / 0-)

    you know, something proactive rather than re-active and defensive?

    it seems we're always playing catch up after the anti-intellectual, anti-government, pro-privatization conservatives [sic] start their culture wars.

    •  some of us have been trying (11+ / 0-)

      and our numbers are expanding.

      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 Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 03:57:16 AM PST

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      •  Good luck! (3+ / 0-)

        I'm especially dismayed by teachers being blamed for everything. That is going to destroy many successive generations of teachers. I know very few people going into teaching anymore, not because they wouldn't like to do it, but because they feel like they have no control whatsoever over what they do and will be held accountable for factors beyond their control. Why take a difficult, low-paying job and be treated like dirt, no matter how hard you work and how much you accomplish? That's how a lot of younger people I know are thinking.

        Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman. Jennifer Brunner for Senate http://www.jenniferbrunner.com/

        by anastasia p on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 07:44:43 AM PST

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        •  my experience is somewhat different (2+ / 0-)
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          formernadervoter, joycemocha

          I have several former students who are now in classrooms as teachers, one who is completing her internship to be a school-based social worker, several more in teacher training programs

          they are all aware of the problems

          they all want to make a difference

          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 Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 07:47:38 AM PST

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          •  I have a student (6th grade) (0+ / 0-)

            who told me she wants to be a teacher....even after having a behavioral intervention blow up in her face (her peers are especially challenging this year).  I think there are strong kids out there who want to teach.  Even amongst the bad boys.  

        •  I recently saw a report (0+ / 0-)

          that said that 80% of education program graduates in Texas have elemetary certification.

          I look around me, in my high school, and see many many new teachers with alternate certification. (The economy invited them to teach.)

          Where are the dedicated, the new teachers who want to make a difference, at the high school level?

          ...they feel like they have no control whatsoever over what they do and will be held accountable for factors beyond their control. Why take a difficult, low-paying job and be treated like dirt, no matter how hard you work and how much you accomplish?

          I know many experienced teachers who feel this way.

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