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Philadelphia Teacher Turned Citizen Mission into a Joke

ardenlester00 Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 12:42 PM
I am a former teacher and professor who taught teachers. Teachers are like everyone else - some very smart - and some just smart - and some very UN-smart. Add to that formula the horrible mixing of classes full of all the above - in one room. You have our public school system. (further add into the equation more than a few chemically "dumbed-out" - and there is little to no learning actually taking place. Many teachers have retreated into that "safe place" inside the canyons of their minds. They would rather many students were already in prisons or, at least, not in the classroom. http://dennishooker.com (ask for any of my pdfs at no cost)
LtScrounge Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 4:25 PM
If you were a professor who taught teachers, WHY DID YOU ALLOW MORONS LIKE THIS TO PASS? This woman's actions are despicable and she should be removed from the classroom. Luckily for her, (not so much for her students) she's not only a black female, (next to impossible to fire without a lawsuit) she's a member of the teachers' union and probably has tenure. She reminds me of the Hispanic English teachers that they found in Phoenix High Schools that couldn't speak English but were not only college grads, but also certified as teachers.
pascagoulapappy Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 4:14 PM
Them what can, does. The, what can't, teaches. Them what can't teach, teaches teachers.
pascagoulapappy Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 4:15 PM
Them what can't. Mea culpa.
Tired in Texas Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 4:55 PM
I can, and I do. However, I teach what I can do, too. Am I a public school teacher? No. But there are many opportunities for those who love to impart their skills and knowledge to others who want to learn.

I found out while I was student teaching as part of my education courses in college (in the early '70s) that I would never be able to conform to the rules and regulations that have contributed to the dumbing down of America. Even if I had gotten my teaching degree, I would not have been allowed to continue teaching in public schools because I would have refused to join a union.
The mission statement of Philadelphia's Charles Carroll High School, displayed prominently on its website, offers a hopeful vision of an educational institution:

“Providing all students with the academic, technological & social skills needed to be productive & contributing citizens in our society.”

This week, the specific mention of “social skills” and citizenship likely sounds like mockery to Charles Carroll sophomore Samantha Pawlucy and her family.

In an episode that has prompted national attention, Samantha was the victim of intimidation by her geometry teacher, Lynette Gaymon, who claims...