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Gifted Hands

Earle8 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 8:40 AM
"... would not stand a chance ...." please tell me why you feel that way Marion. Is it the quality of the teachers or the lack of direction at home?
Marion69 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 10:07 PM
I started in 1942, I counted the kids in my class photo and there are 32 of us and we learned! Now a teacher with 20 kids has no chance of teaching the kids anything according to those who want more money and less students.
It is true parents played a huge part in insisting I do my homework.
Roy323 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 5:03 PM
RR-I don't consider Felipe's "answer a "simple one"! There are MANY good teachers all over the School systems. In point of Fact, I see far too few that I would consider truly MOTIVATED. Local Boards are far more concerned with PC, Feel Good, etc than with Education in the long term! Of Course that's a "simple Answer"
Roy323 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 4:57 PM
Earle8-I'm not "Marion" but I started to school in 1940 in WV at 6Years Old. One-room-grades 1-4, and a NO BS woman teacher! I had had access - from my Paternal G'Ma to "the Primer and something like "McGuffey's reader" and could stumble thru. Both Parents had 8th Grade credentials Looking back I would equate their 8th Grade certificates to my High School Diploma. Neither of them had much time to 'Help' me with homework nor did I want them to! (Plus I rode the School Bus 42 miles Round-trip every day!) Much of my reading assignments were done during those trips. Wonder I wasn't BLIND by my Military Physical time. eh?
RepubRob2 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 9:09 AM
You really do like simple answers.
Felipe8 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 8:58 AM
That is a simple question and here is the simple answer. It is both. The majority of teachers are more interested in pay raises and a large per cent of home view the schools as baby sitting places until parents come home.
Felipe8 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 8:57 AM
That is a simple question and here is the simple answer. It is both. The majority of teachers are more interested in pay raises and a large per cent of home view the schools as baby sitting places until parents come home.
Felipe8 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 8:56 AM
That is a simple question and here is the simple answer. It is both. The majority of teachers are more interested in pay raises and a large per cent of home view the schools as baby sitting places until parents come home.
Felipe8 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 8:56 AM
That is a simple question and here is the simple answer. It is both. The majority of teachers are more interested in pay raises and a large per cent of home view the schools as baby sitting places until parents come home.
Felipe8 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 8:55 AM
That is a simple question and here is the simple answer. It is both. The majority of teachers are more interested in pay raises and a large per cent of home view the schools as baby sitting places until parents come home.

A remarkable book titled Gifted Hands tells the personal story of Benjamin Carson, a black kid from the Detroit ghetto who went on to become a renowned neurosurgeon.

At one time young Ben Carson had the lowest grades in his middle school class, and was the butt of teasing by his white classmates. Worse yet, he himself believed that he was just not smart enough to do the work.

Fortunately for him, his mother, whose own education went no further than the third grade, insisted that he was smart. She cut off the television set and made him and his brother...