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originally posted by: frostie
a reply to: Aazadan
Agreed with what youve said. Sure sure people are perfectly content with making less than 100K a year and thats fine. You do you and ill do me.
Which Is why I major in Business, not musical studies.
Everyone preaches do what you want to do and study what you want too, but thats unfortunately not practical.
a reply to: alsace
I was so close to disagreeing with privatisation, but your voucher concept is a fantastic idea! Definitely let the market decide which schools are good enough, remove the losers
originally posted by: stdscf12
The Societal Epidemic – Classroom’s are filled with teenagers pumped full of ultra-violent video games, access to anything on the internet, and reality show superstars. Some of the biggest celebrities to my students are the Kardashians, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, etc…Today’s teen’s music is full of sexual, violent, and vulgar ideas and language. I’m not saying movies, TV, and music haven’t always had these things in them, however, the volume, the availability, and the casualness of it, has never been greater.
We’ve allowed Hollywood to virtually skate-by scot-free. The more disturbing something is, the more popular it is. Check out which videos have the most views on YouTube. If someone is continually watching disturbing things, listening to disturbing things, and playing disturbing things, then what do you think the end product is going to be?
We wonder why are kids are becoming more violent and sexual, let’s look at the world we live in.
And what do those bottom 50% do? They get jobs, live somewhere, have a family, some of them even retire. The bottom 50% as you put it is everyone who isn't earning an income over 50k or 100k for a couple.
Also, I should add that going to school and graduating doesn't make you not a failure. That piece of paper helps you get a job you would like to do, but degrees alone are worthless, I'm speaking from experience here as I've got a couple of them. I use one as a mousepad and another as a coaster. Being a failure isn't measured in what you know, it's measured in what you do with what you have to work with.
originally posted by: stdscf12
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that these issues are important and we don’t want conformist robots walking around our school, however, our main priority is a safe and optimal learning environment.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: Flux8
A child with a learning disability, especially one that is known will almost certainly have an IEP. In today’s classroom, you cannot escape them as many have been mainstreamed and you are expected to strategize around them and for them.
Do you really think there are actually very many teachers who aren’t unionized these days?
Part of the problem is the extreme demand for more and more administration. Those specialized professionals you are talking about suck up all the extra money that gets funneled into education and then there is not much left for the regular classroom.
OK, explain to me the point of mainstreaming children who either will not or cannot keep up.
It may make us feel better, but does it make them feel better? The child that struggles to achieve isn’t going to feel good when he or she constantly is aware that his or her peers are always ahead, and the child who is smarter isn’t going to feel good because he or she is always bored and feels that school is pointless. It’s frustrating for everyone. No one feels good about it and everyone winds up resenting everyone else. But the adults can feel good because they don’t feel like anyone is discriminated against.
And again, see the point about bureaucracy and administration sucking up funding. How often does this approach produce measurable results for families where parental involvement is already low to nonexistent? Parents can show up at meetings, but that does not guarantee follow through.
If my child goes to school someday and I get called and find out my son is being rushed to the emergency room with head trauma and broken jaw because a bully beat his head into the table at lunch because another parent didn’t do their job … Is it enough for me to be involved in my child’s psychological life at that point? My son’s life is in real danger because another parent dropped the ball, and the odds are this kid has been throwing off danger signs all along, but because we can’t judge kids and can’t track them appropriately anymore … now my kid pays the price.
Self-esteem is something you earn, not something that can be given to you. We live in the time of empty self-esteem where children are taught to feel great just because they breathe. The result is a self-absorbed, selfish generation who think they deserve it all just because … they are.
A parent’s responsibility is to raise their child, in all ways. If I ignored my teacher’s emails or calls, I wouldn’t be a very good parent. In fact, if something is up with my child, I freely email my teacher.
Busy or not, either my husband or myself always make time to deal with a teacher’s concerns. This is one of the things we agreed on before we had a child in the first place. We both knew when we did this, our child would come first, in every way, every day. We aren’t just bill payers, we’re also his guardians, and part of that is to make time when it needs to be made.
This is spot on.
originally posted by: sunqueen30
Parents are afraid of their children because the letters CPS are shoved down our kid's throats from the moment they start kindergarten. American kids have turned into entitled brats who know they can have their parents punished if they felt pushed too far. I don't believe in abusing children, but how many rotten kids do we see that would benefit from a firm hand rather than a limp wrist?
originally posted by: Flux8
What? In order for a child to get an IEP, the disability has to be known, and a learning disability is only one of many disabilities.
originally posted by: NightSkyeB4Dawn
For years you had the skilled workers without formal educations, that wanted more for their children. So they sacrificed for their children, so they could be awarded that wonderful document that proved they were more than just a drone. It was celebrated when one of their own was able to show off that “High School Diploma”.
When it became commonplace and expected for every child to have a high school diploma, and no job paying a decent salary could be found without it; the next tool for weeding out job applicants became the College/University Degree. Now that everybody and his uncle have a college degree they have developed other means for the weeding out process.
I know the schools don't go this route these days but if you have a disability (atleast a non learning one) it shouldn't be about coming to terms with things you can do, but rather in learning how to do those things anyways in a way that works for you.
They need to learn how to stay focused on tasks, maybe that involves multitasking rather than doing things sequentially, they need to learn how to avoid distractions, and so on. I don't have ADHD and I'm not a psychologist so I can't give all the answers but my main point is that you can only expect so much out of society and out of medication, the individual still needs to find techniques that work for them.