posted on Dec, 11 2010 @ 04:43 PM
reply to post by Xiamara
You're going to have bad and good in any profession. The way the system is set-up, it doesn't allow for teachers to do what they're hired to do.
When you have a handful of students that think the only reason their in school is to socialize, play video games and surf the internet, you end up
having a large failure rate. Teachers who are doing the job they were hired to do, are the ones who don't award passing grades that are not earned.
When a student only hands in half the assignments, there is no way I'm going to give him or her a passing grade. Why should that student get away
with a passing grade when I have other students who have completed 80-100 percent of the assignments. Yet good teachers will be called to the carpet
and told we're failing too many students. Other teachers just don't want to be hassled by the administration and end up passing kids that
shouldn't. It's really ridiculous when school districts claim they're 100% behind a student's education, when all they're concerned about are
numbers and how the district looks in the public eye. It's extremely frustrating when you hear federal law makers pointing the problem at teachers
when none of these politicians have really investigated the real problem. Teachers are always taught new ways to teach and motivate children to
learn, some are great, some are the same methods with new names. If you have a student that isn't committed and motivated to learn, no matter how
you teach the material, the student will not learn, period.
Our high school and college curriculum's are being watered down to meet the poor performance of today's students. By doing so, the United States
sinks lower and lower on the list of countries who are out performing us in education. No child left behind has caused testing stats to be the main
bench mark on assessing students. Our school have dropped valuable life skill classes to devote more time to classes designed to pass these state
tests. Technical education classes, Home Economics, Art, Music have all been removed to focus attention on these tests. The classes they removed
provide students with hands on skills using math skills and broadening their interests in other areas like art and music.
The teaching profession can be very rewarding, but it's getting harder and harder to teach when you have a generation of kids who just don't care
and discipline takes up half your day. Just keep in mind when you take your classes, they'll leave out the part about half your day being devoted to
disciplining, breaking up fights, and being a part time counselor. Good luck and hope the best for you. You will make a difference in some kids
lives, but if your heart is really trying to get all your students to succeed it can be very frustrating.