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Originally posted by smyleegrl
Originally posted by boncho
9. Timmy brings a pack of matches to school, another kid tattles on him, you tell him you aren't gonna tell his parents but then you do.
Who is in the wrong here and why?
First of all, if Timmy brought a pack of matches to school, I would call his parents myself. Most likely Timmy meant nothing malicious; kids are curious creatures and like to show others theh things that fascinate them. I wouldn't assume Timmy was a raving pyromaniac intent on burning down the school unless there were other warning signs.
After the phone call, depending on the group of kids, we might have a talk about the dangers of playing with matches.
I would never tell a child something, then turn around and do the opposite. It would undermine the child's trust in me, and that trust is very important.
Originally posted by SLAYER69
Originally posted by XLR8R
I don't mean any disrespect but how come the truth about historical facts isn't taught in school? I was taught to revere the colonists. But upon further research on my part, I had found out about the Native American genocide which they had never talked about when I was in school. When I brought up the issue I was told there was no such thing and was reprimanded for holding fast to the facts. And this is just one example out of many. Why such secrecy and hypocrisy? Can't the teachers take it upon themselves to teach outside the curiculum, or adding side notes to what is being taught?
6. Handling bullies, including teachers or administrators who bully students
I was once [many moons ago] sent to the office for disrupting the class when I refused to sit there and be spoon fed old cold war propaganda about Russia, Soviet Union from an obviously over the top Pro US/West old fart teacher. [I wasn't then nor ever will be a fan of the Reds] but, his rhetoric was extreme and when I called him out on some of his BS [Not once but several times that year] finally after a few heated arguments and debates [That he lost] one day he sent me to the office and started procedures to get me expelled for disruptive behavior.
Thank God, The school's student counselor was a much more open minded level headed fellow. Make a long story short, two months later the Teacher was "Retired"
Originally posted by jerryznv
reply to post by smyleegrl
Thank you...I am currently a student (in college for the second time) and work with a department that offers services to students...this is a nice look into what instructors (teachers) actually do!
I have an AS in social science and am working on a BA...so you peaked my interest in educating our younger generation!
I also have four daughters in public school...6th though 12th grade...so I get some hands on every now and then!
One more (I know I said that last time) question...what are your views on taking religion out of the public school system...(the pledge of allegiance, history, etc...)?
Originally posted by HODOSKE
reply to post by smyleegrl
My sister home schools her kids ( which i do no agree with but that is another matter) her one son is nine and cannot read past 1st grade level. She thinks it may be dyslexia. She has taken him to a neurologist but they cannot find anything wrong with him. Is there any public resources she can use to help him even though she does not participate in the school system. She doesnt have much money. any suggestions would be appreciated
Originally posted by XLR8R
reply to post by SLAYER69
Being able to question teacher and bring facts to to the table and being able to have debates is what education should be about. Too many times I went through or have heard of teachers dismissing students due to the differences in the taught material and facts. It's a shame really. I feel the kids today, well in my time as well, are only being taught to pass tests.
Originally posted by TLomon
Here is one problem that may be a bit out of your area. At my kids' school, the parents are the thing I worry about most - specifically, the parking lot before and after school. Parents are speeding, illegally parking, making illegal turns, all while talking on their cell phones. One of my son's friends was hit by a car two years ago while in a crosswalk and was hurt pretty bad. The school administration admits it is a problem, but seems powerless to control the situation. With cut backs, the police does not have the manpower to put up cars and start ticketing people for reckless driving.
Any suggestions? Thank you for your time answering the items posted in this thread.
Originally posted by rickymouse
I don't agree with the "no child left behind" policy that was enacted a while back. It screwed a lot of kids and teachers up because the problems that were being created were illogically asked and the teachers couldn't even understand what they were trying to accomplish. I think there are some high paid officials overlooking this that don't have communication skills that translate to lower levels of teaching. When a teacher can't understand the question that's being asked, how can parents help their kids with the homework? I think they rushed production of the books and test papers and farmed the creation of these learning aids to people who never taught kids. To me the whole education field is going downhill and it's not necessarily the fault of the teachers. Do you have an opinion on this?
Originally posted by zayonara
What's your take on the recent push for nearly complete data control in the classroom? i.e. standardized testing, heavy performance evaluation that may be somewhat intrusive to the classroom setting, tightening of the reigns on teaching styles and methods, taking some flexibility away from the teachers...etc.