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The Education Blob

Donald518 Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 2:28 PM
Another MAJOR problem is administration. They pressure teachers to inflate grades and now have reached the point of justifying teaching to tests because of test scores. I judge myself on how well my students do in their next math class not how high their grade is in my class. Anyone can GIVE a grade (and many do). Parents (many) are in this too, they often request treacher that GIVe "A's". Until 3 years ago I used to teach high school honors math (Algebra II & Precalculus). I taught it for over 10 years. Now I am in Middle School. The "system" wanted more students in higher level classes so standards started to drop. My expectations did not, I continued to give the same level of difficulty on my tests. In the beginning most scores...
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The Education Blob

Donald518 Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 1:42 PM
Robyn, I couldn't agree with you more, and I am a teacher. I am a teacher of math with a degree in math (and not "math education"). As a young idealistic teacher I used to be opposed to homeschooling because I thought most parents would have the (math) knowledge of a teacher. It didn't take me long to get straight. Most Math teachers have a degree in math "education" which means they haven't had much college math beyond calculus if that. The "education" part has to do with "style" not substance. Years ago I found those courses largely a waste and their even worse now. Liberal "touchy, feely stuff" that indoctrinates many forms of grade inflation. How to develop games to make education "fun". Real hard work is a No-No.
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