reply to post by OutKast Searcher
Look, I don't like the public school system...not because the concepts they attempt to teach, but because the teachers for the most part aren't
intelligent enough to understand the concepts. They are probably the lowest paid college grad...we have morons teaching kids. I wasn't a "good"
student. I got in trouble all the time for questioning teachers...but I questioned them on THEIR UNDERSTANDING of the subject matter...because I think
I understood it better than they did.
Got to take exception with you here, Outkast....
Most teachers I work with have a master's degree or higher. Some of us even have doctorates.
With the new mandates from No Child Left Behind, teachers were required to be "highly qualified" in their subject area. Which means if you teach
grade 7 or up, you must have a degree in that subject area. So someone teaching high school history has a degree in history.
Now, I can't watch the video at the moment, so I can't really address the video. But I will tell you the problem with public education as I see
I've got 23 kids in my classroom. Of these 23 kids, 17 come from a "broken" home....meaning they live with either mother, father, or other
relative. Many of those 17 students travel back and forth to see parents.
Of my 23 students, 12 have family members in jail. Not necessarily mothers or fathers, but cousins, uncles, aunts, etc. And my students laud that
Of my 23 fifth graders, four are active gang members.
Six have diagnosed learning disabilities. One was a victim of shaken baby syndrome, which of course has impaired his ability to learn.
Of my 23 students, 21 are on free/reduced lunch. Which means the school provides the meals for them because their parents can't afford to.
Of my 23 students, I have reported 5 possible abuse situations to DHS. Mainly for neglect, but I've also seen marks I found highly suspicious.
Of my 23 students, my school sends food home with four on the weekend, because we think they don't get enough to eat. You should see how some of
those four remind me every ten minutes to not forget their bag of food.
Of my 23 students, 14 have parents who dropped out of school for whatever reason. Only 3 have gone on to college.
Out of those 23 students, how many do you honestly think are mentally prepared for school? Some are worried about going home and facing whatever
horror they face there; some are wondering about where their next meal comes from, some are concerned because their parent who promised to visit the
past weekend never showed up.
Now.....do you honestly expect those kids to pay attention to a lesson on fractions????