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Ignorant Teachers Who See Obama as a King

Jeannette1900 Wrote: May 23, 2012 1:02 PM
My own English teachers would turn over in their graves if they could hear what is being taught in elementary school today. High school, too, for that matter. What is not being taught are the elements of speech; the diagramming of sentences, and, generally, English usage and English composition. My understanding is that these days it's not unusual for a high school graduate to be incapable of completing an employment application. We were taught to think for ourselves; we were not taught to be automatons. Still, we knew it was in poor form to butcher the King's English.
jmg11 Wrote: May 23, 2012 3:01 PM
Ditto, I am so grateful for the real teachers who taught us English usage and composition. It has made all the difference in my life.
Jeannette1900 Wrote: May 26, 2012 4:20 PM
Thank you, jmg11. Without the capability of reading and comprehending the written word, how is it possible to learn anything else in the world? How to appreciate history? Geometry? Or anything else? Would there have been a moon-landing without the ability to read? I don't think so.

It was while I was driving from Florida, where I gave a presentation on education to citizens, that I heard from talk show hosts about the abuse by North Carolina High School social studies teacher Tanya Dixon-Neely towards a student who dared to challenge her diatribe about Mitt Romney’s alleged “bullying” incident from 1965. In response to the student’s reference to Barack Obama’s own admission in his book of having shoved a girl, the teacher yelled that students can be arrested for disrespecting President Obama. “President” (King?) Obama was beyond criticism to Dixon-Neely, unlike “candidate” Mitt Romney.

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