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Educational Rot

carole28 Wrote: Mar 13, 2013 1:15 PM
very effectively prepared them for college. I have huge bins filled with notes from former students, some from kids I taught when I began teaching and was working with kids in 7th and 8th grade. I'm proud of what I accomplished over those years. The majority of my career was spent with kids in junior and senior years. My summers were spent preparing new lessons and units and new ways of presenting material and testing it. I did get beach time in, but I did a lot of prep time. The majority of the teachers who retired when I did were similar in their approach to education, but we were an older generation. We talked about the changes that we saw, and we were glad to get out. Administrators were not supportive, and younger teachers were
TommyMaq Wrote: Mar 13, 2013 2:24 PM
Well done sticking to the correct principles of teaching, Carole. Too bad people like you, with the true heart of a teacher, have been sidelined by the perverse incentives operating now. I hope you enjoy your retirement and relish the memories of all you have touched.
American education is in a sorry state of affairs, and there's enough blame for all participants to have their fair share. They include students who are hostile and alien to the education process, uninterested parents, teachers and administrators who either are incompetent or have been beaten down by the system, and politicians who've become handmaidens for teachers unions. There's another education issue that's neither flattering nor comfortable to confront and talk about. That's the low academic preparation of many teachers. That's an issue that must be confronted and dealt with if we're to improve the quality of education. Let's look at...