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The Misinformed Case for Voter ID

Ariviste Wrote: May 15, 2014 7:55 PM
Hello??? We are not a democracy. Evidence continues to pile up as to voter fraud in many states in 2012. It is not hard to get an ID. Just go to the local drivers license bureau in most states and take utility bills, expired drivers licenses, social security cards, or whatever you have and they will see that you get an ID. This writer is foolish if he thinks people in those unique situations he cites are a large percentage of the population.
A desecration to the White House.
I would certainly hope so.
You are telling the straight truth about most of what you said because I saw it in Georgia as well. I required my students to memorize the Preamble and you would have thought the world was going to end. The students enjoyed learning it because they had never been required to memorize anything before. Many had never learned the alphabet and I introduced phonics for the first time to them in the fourth grade. They had to learn their addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts and I was considered "too hard" by many parents. Many, however, appreciated it. We had to tutor students before school in the mornings and after school as well and this was on our on time with no pay. Summer school was a play time and they proceeded to the next grade as unprepared as they were at the end of the regular school year. Burnout is indeed high because a good teacher usually puts in 12 or 14 hours every day and works on weekends also grading papers, making things for the classroom, and doing lesson plans. Lesson plans have to be done for tutoring as well as regular classes. If a teachers has to be absent, he/she will be at school until nine or ten o'clock the night before doing substitute plans and tough luck if she gets sick in the morning. In many places she has to spend hours trying to find a sub. All that being said, I loved by job and would do it again, but not these days.
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.
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