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The Blob That Ate Children

WJStewart Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 9:58 AM
I Agree with the thoughts reported in this article. I went to a Private school after starting third grade in Public school until the beginning of Junior High School when I returned to the Public school system. The Public School Third Grade teacher told my Mother that I was Retarded and would never learn to read and that she should resign herself to raising a defective child, even tough the teacher seated us in Alphabetical order and took my glasses away at the beginning pf the day and returned them at the end of the day. Being seated with the "S" and nearsighted, I could not see the writing on the blackboard at the front of the class. My Mother and Father found me a place in a Private School, who tested me and placed me in their . . . .
WJStewart Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 10:04 AM
. . . Second Grade class and let me wear my Glasses, three weeks later I was reading happily and haven't stopped since. I transferred back to Public schools with a 3.45 grade average and kept it through High school Graduation, Navy Duty, and Junior College, then when I transferred to CSUN I ran into anti-war and anti-Veteran resistance to allowing me to continue in College, Having Service Connected Hearing Loss in both ears, I requested help identifying Professors who would teach facing the class instead of facing the blackboard but was refused such guidance, and told the only way i could find such professors was to enroll in courses and if I did not feel the Professor was teaching me adequately tho withdraw from the class, after. . . . .
WJStewart Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 10:08 AM
. . . . several such attempts I received a letter from CSUN declaring that my Grade Point Average had dropped below 2.0 and I would not be allowed to continue as a student until I raised it back above 2.0 and reapplied. That seem to be a "Catch 22" kind of requirement as the only way to improve my GPA was to attend and pass Classes at CSUN or another College but would not be allowed to enroll because my GPA was below the minimum level allowed.

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renny4 Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 10:43 AM
Sorry about that, but the teaching profession has so lowered itself that I feel sorry for the entire pop. that is forced to attend under mandatory attendance laws passed c. 100 years ago by the ind. states.
Colonialgirl Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 3:00 PM
You should try having to take a THIRD year CALCULUS class taught with an overhead projector and an endless roll of clear plastic to write on. "OOPS" I made a mistake in sign three feet back and if in 10 seconds, it's all corrected EXCEPT on your notes which are now trash. Dam near Flunked; Retook it in summer school on a blackboard and made an "A".
Shortly after I did my first TV special on education, "Stupid in America," hundreds of union teachers showed up outside my office to yell at me. They were angry because I said union rules were a big reason American kids don't learn.

The union is a big reason kids don't like school and learn less. Union contracts limit flexibility, limit promotion of good teachers, waste money and make it hard for principals to fire even terrible teachers.

But I was wrong to imply that the union is the biggest problem. In states with weak unions, K-12 schools stagnate, too.

Education reformers have...