posted on Feb, 23 2011 @ 06:23 AM
I posted some of this here previously, but it applies just as much now as it did when I posted it before.
My daughter is in public school and I got a particularly disturbing note home from her (then) kindergarten teacher. It was hand written and
photocopied in the teacher's handwriting (so I knew it was written specifically by the teacher and not a student). This is EXACTLY what the note said
(yes, I saved it):
"Hi we're doing a Fundraiser for the victims of hurricane Katrina. If ever one here gave at least $2.00 and we can raise over $400.00.
And if we raise more then $300.00 we get a pj Party!"
This is not exaggerated at all. I understand that we are all human and make mistakes, but this is just one example of many. I had a handful of notes
home the first week of school that year that caused my husband to literally confiscate my red pens. The teacher's weekly newsletter wasn't much
better, either. Though I did eventually get my red pens back, it was under a promise that I would not ever correct a teacher's note and send it
back. The notes have varied in quality over the years since this happened, some from wonderful teachers with the odd typo which everyone makes from
time to time, to newsletters that reminded me much of that early kindergarten teacher's note and (due to a move) from different schools, as well.
Notably from her teacher last year. She was retiring at the end of the year and didn't even pretend that she was doing anything other than just
At a different public school, my nephew's kindergarten teacher called my sister on an almost weekly basis to ask the definition of various words that
my nephew was using. One word that I remember off hand was "vociferous". There were quite a few others that I just can't remember right now. But,
come on! Really? When did it become a parent's responsibility to educate the teacher because the student was too smart? If my kindergarten nephew is
too smart for his teacher, I have SERIOUS misgivings about the state of the public education system!
I generally don't go all spelling/grammar police because I get caught up and typing fast or not paying attention and make plenty of my own mistakes,
but these examples were the rule, not the exception and I really do have a problem with that. These are the same people who can't be tested to find
out if they should even qualify to be teachers. Thank the unions for that. A large number would immediately be disqualified if they could be tested.
Coming from a family that has produced quite a few educators myself, this isn't a secret or anything, but a constant complaint from the teachers who
are left to clean up the messes of the teachers who should never have been allowed to teach in the first place.
These poor quality teachers are the people to whom I have a problem with paying salaries with gold plated benefits packages. A good teacher, however,
is worth their weight in gold and I think that they earn every penny that they get. Unfortunately, it seems that more and more, the bad far outnumber