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That is just the attitude that I saw many times and I taught on the outskirts of Atlanta also. I did grade homework, but did not count it as much as classwork, because the parents often did the work. That's alright if the student is there learning, but the student should not be given as much credit when he has not done the work. The real test is if the student can do the work in class with little help. Only when parents and teachers are working together for the benefit of the student is there real progress.
There are always about half the parents who insist their children do their work in school and their homework. They help them at home and make sure they study for tests. About a fourth work with their kids some of the time, but are not consistent. About a fourth of them make excuses for their kids, never check to see that their child is learning or is doing the work, and are the first to blame the teacher if their child gets a bad grade. Some of these parents admit that their kids have a temper tantrum or lie to them about whether they have done their work and they have no idea about what to do about it. Some of these go all year and never come for a conference, and refuse to meet with the teacher about their child's problems.
Amen! Unless parents start insisting their children do the work to the best of their ability and expect their children really learn we won't see any improvement. Many parents expect the school to do everything for the child while they have no involvement in their child's education. Teachers should also stand their ground when administrators insist on the lowering of standards. If they provide documentation that the work is not being done, the good grade belongs to the principal. I asked a principal what grade she would like the student in question to have and I told her that I would make a notation that this was her grade and she never asked me to change another grade. I guess you might have to be ready to change schools or find another job, but maybe teachers need to stand their ground and defend their beliefs.
A lot of this comes from the colleges and universities where teachers are being trained.
The only answer I ever found was to document in detail, every thing you do.
In the school where I taught they had a similar plan. Students should not make below a C. If they do, the teacher has failed. Then they load behavior problems, students with learning difficulties, and students who refuse to do any work into certain classes and put the higher functioning and academically gifted students in one or two classes. Then they proceed to blame the teacher with the inferior class if the kids make below a C.
Teachers who fail in the classroom are promoted to principal. Principals who fail are promoted to the county or state level. Every teacher knows this.
What about if he get a car, a knife, a hammer, a stick or log. Are there laws in California against those too, or do you have to hope he doesn't think to use one of those. Everyone knows we are totally protected if there are no guns allowed. Like in Washington DC Naval Station or the person with the car last week.
Wow! All the traitors on one site. Now I can boycott them all without having to look them up before see them or buy their music.
Well, I guess SJL just did away with the excuse that this woman was suffering from postpartum depression. I guess she was perfectly sane and out to kill because she couldn't get her way. :)
Had I know this about Bill Nye a few years ago, I would never shown one of his science videos to my kids. He is a total fraud.
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