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  •  A young woman of my aquaintence, whom I adore, (4+ / 0-)

    did not last even one full semester as a "Teach for America" recruit in the Bronx, NYC.

    She is bright, funny, well-educated, was full of hope and optimism and was also utterly unprepared to educate the kids or handle the school she was tossed to. I'm sure it was a dispiriting experience for her, and for the kids she had to abandon.

    Okay, the Government says you MUST abort your child. NOW do you get it?

    by Catskill Julie on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 06:46:39 PM PDT

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    •  Did she abandon them or did they discard her? (0+ / 0-)

      Progressives will win when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

      by auapplemac on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 09:25:00 PM PDT

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      •  She abandoned them. n/t (0+ / 0-)

        Okay, the Government says you MUST abort your child. NOW do you get it?

        by Catskill Julie on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 09:40:18 PM PDT

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        •  When I used the word "discard," I did not mean (0+ / 0-)

          to imply that she was fired. "Abandoned" has a harsh connotation. I just was wondering if she was so overwhelmed by the nature of her students that she became dispirited, frightened, etc by her young charges.

          Progressives will win when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

          by auapplemac on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 12:47:49 AM PDT

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          •  My point in writing that (4+ / 0-)
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            anecdote was to underscore the cynicism behind firing experienced classroom teachers, already skilled and working in the schools in question, in order to replace them with INexperienced, maybe hopeful, maybe desperate, but entirely unprepared youngsters, like my young friend -- primarily to save some $$, and btw bust the teachers union.
            Now I have some issues with teachers' unions, having been a NYC public school parent and education activist for a few years. My opinion in the broadest stroke is by their own actions they turned a highly valued profession into a clock-punching blue collar job category.

            But this is a thoroughly LOONEY idea!

            Okay, the Government says you MUST abort your child. NOW do you get it?

            by Catskill Julie on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 07:38:06 AM PDT

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