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Common Core is the chance to grab those school that slipped through No Child Left Behind. The school I teach at is a high performing public school in a nice suburb of San Diego. We consistently score in the top 10% of the state. We have been only slightly effected by NCLB. But, we reluctantly started implementing Common Core last year. It has not been well received!! Teachers hate it, parents hate it and, worse of all, the kids hate it. The thing I hate the most is seeing kids who used to love math being turned off to it because now they have to write about it. Just getting the right answer isn't good enough and that really frustrates my strong math students!! I have loved teaching for 26 years, but I am beginning to hate it. And, I know I'm not alone...
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Politics Versus Education

Debi34 Wrote: Jan 14, 2014 10:16 AM
Your very valid points are diminished by the use of derogatory names like "Dummy Whinerwoman" and "Nasty Piglosi." Take the high road like Mitt Romney and don't stoop to their level by using ugly names like that. It weakens your argument!
After 26 years fighting the system every day in a public school classroom, I recently had a revelation about why our school system is failing so miserably. It is because the people in power, the principals, the superintendents, the state and local policy writers, the union leaders, they all left the classroom at some point in their careers. They went from working with children to working with adults. Those of us who really care about the children? We're still in the classroom. We battle every day to do what's best for kids. I go to staff meetings, hear the latest new program we are supposed to implement, then go back to my classroom and close the door and TEACH! My students love school, they spend their days happily reading and writing and learning. I refuse to let those idiots who chose to leave the classroom to dictate what I do any longer. Common Core is just another bureaucrat's way of gaining power over those of us who are the true teachers, the ones who stayed in the classroom.
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Sweetening the Deal for Candymakers

Debi34 Wrote: Nov 02, 2013 12:44 PM
Lowering the price of sugar would also slow the demand for high fructose corn syrup as a cheap sweetener. Hfcs is much more likely to cause obesity and type 2 diabetes. And for people like me who are allergic to corn it is hidden in many products you would never think of - yogurt, ranch dressing, ketchup, and many more. If these things were sweetened with sugar rather than hfcs it would be much healthier for everyone.
Parents aren't the only ones being silenced about concerns with Common Core. Teachers are told to accept the new standards as gospel, no dissent allowed. When I brought up concerns about how the math standards will stifle those students who are naturally good at math by making them use language to explain their thinking I was shut down in a staff meeting. We've also tried to address the developmentally inappropriate writing standards for kindergarten and first grade and were told "that's the way it is. No questions!" Even some of my very liberal colleagues are concerned about this mandate from above by people who don't work with children on a day to day basis like we do. Pretty soon all classrooms will be teaching exactly the same thing in every room every day. Good bye innovation and creativity. Conform Now! I've been teaching for 25 years but I'm so glad I'm retiring soon...
What don't I get? Where do you get 3%? I never said what my pay was cut by (8.5%. Not a lot, I know, but coupled with my husband's cuts as well it was enough to hurt. Despite the cuts he has taken, he still makes waaaaay more than I ever will! But that's not my point). My point was, and has been throughout this thread, that I'm expected to teach with woefully inadequate technology. And people wonder why our students are unprepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century. I spend every day trying to make a difference in the lives of the children I teach. What are you doing?
I'm very aware of that. My husband makes 60% of what he made in 2006. That is not my point. You mentioned that in your district teachers got raises and I responded that in my district our salaries got cut. I am very aware that things in the private sector are worse. I'm also aware that in the article the author wants teachers to see state of the art facilities to see how things work in the "real" world and my response is how do you expect me to get kids prepared for the 21st century when my classroom is still stuck in the 1990s technology wise?
I never said "I" need more money. I am quite satisfied with the salary I make. I would like to see more money spent on my students. I get a grand total of $2 per student for an entire year's worth of supplies. We have old textbooks where Pluto is still a planet and technology is practically non-existent. I wold love to see less money spent on worthless testing and administrators' salaries and more money spent in the classroom where it belongs.
I find it interesting that you think my work day ends at 2:35 when my students go home! Have you ever spent any time with 5, 6, and 7 year olds? Have you ever tried to provide enriching activities for them to learn for 6 hours a day? I assure you my day does NOT end when the children go home. I spend many hours before and after school developing quality lessons to develop my students abilities. My students' abilities range from two boys who only know 5-6 letters to 3 students who can fluently read anything I put in front of them. I must find activities to keep such a diverse group of students happily engaged in learning. No, my work day does not end at 2:35! As far as summer vacation goes, yes, I do enjoy my summers off. I use that time to spend with my own children and do "stay at home Mom" things. I love it and that is part of why I chose teaching as a career. But, I DO NOT GET PAID FOR THE SUMMERS OFF!!! I get a paycheck at the end of June for half a month's work. I do not see another paycheck until the end of September. Oh, and I was in the top 10% of my high school graduating class, I scored 1380 on my SAT in 1982 (the scores have changed since then, so I don't know what the equivalent would be in today's scores). I was accepted to both UC Santa Barbara and USC but chose to go to San Diego State because they had the best Teacher's College. I graduated with a 4.0. So, no, I was not in the bottom third of my graduating class. Some of us are professional educators who really do care about their students. So, my offer still stands. Care to come spend a day in my classroom? I bet you would be surprised at what you would find!
Good for you. I wish all parents were as involved in their children's education as you are. I bet you are very proud of their accomplishments. My son is graduating from high school this year and plans to attend college and get a degree in nautical history. But he was also lucky enough to have parents who cared. So many of my students are not so lucky...
We have had salary reductions in our district since 2007. Certainly not raises!
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