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The Role of 'Educators'

Mary509 Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 6:33 PM
As an educator (without the quotes) I am sorry to say that I agree. I am greatly alarmed by the ignorance of my school's US History "teachers" and by the mediocrity that school system not only accepts but seems to insist upon. Further, we waste so much time and money trying to educate our "special students" that our best and brightest are being ignored. I do as much as I can, but I will be so relieved when my own children are out of the public school system!
Raven7 Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 6:38 PM
How do you rate your students' abilities at composition? I am finding that high school students today cannot put together three or four coherent sentences into a coherent parapgraph . . . and "topic sentence," duh, what's that.
Raven7 Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 6:42 PM
"paragraph" - dang computer!!
Mary509 Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 6:52 PM
I teach Algebra and PreAlgebra in middle school, so I'm not sure how valid my opinion is on composition. I know most students that I teach can not read directions, can not decipher a word problem, and don't understand what I mean when I tell them to provide an explanation for their answer using proper grammer and complete sentences. Based on that, I'd guess that their abilities at composition are poor.
Cambermeister Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 6:54 PM
Yes Mary, but do they litter?
FremontChris Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 12:24 AM
Ah, yes - that is the important question after all. Not "Can they think?" but "Are they "good world citizens"?
Many years ago, as a young man, I read a very interesting book about the rise of the Communists to power in China. In the last chapter, the author tried to explain why and how this had happened.

Among the factors he cited were the country's educators. That struck me as odd, and not very plausible, at the time. But the passing years have made that seem less and less odd, and more and more plausible. Today, I see our own educators playing a similar role in creating a mindset that undermines American society.

Schools were once thought of as places where a...