Originally posted by operation mindcrime
reply to post by ShotGunRum
Glad I'm not a teacher!!
Keywords like disrespect, manners and decorum are what came to mind while watching the video....
Funny, because your post brings to mind key terms like "lack of understanding, lack of compassion, opinions-of-the-privileged" and many more.
Perhaps you've been browsing ATS too long. In the real world, people use "manners and decorum" in a self-regulated way, which is appropriate for the
situation. Now, I will agree that manners are becoming sadly more scarce in our society, and should be used more, not less.
However, what ATS' policy of censorship fails to take into account, is that in some situations, manners and civility are actually inappropriate
to making one's point in a manner that is impactful. I will elaborate here and say that I feel these situations are far
more rare than the ones which require civility and self moderation. Might she have gotten through to that teacher better if she spoke in a calm and
civil fashion? Maybe. But maybe she attempted that, and it failed? Then what? Sit and be defeated by a man refusing to do his job?
In this day and age I find it refreshing
to see a young person become that impassioned about learning. And absolutely disgusting to think that
someone paid to teach... no, better, someone who went on strike
to get paid to teach, would be unwilling.
To play devils' advocate to my own opinion, I'm sure it must be very hard for that teacher, and/or others in that system. I'm sure they have to deal
with a lot of crap, and a lot of kids who don't want to learn. But highschool is not a democracy. They don't get to sit and not learn because most, or
even all but one
students don't give a flying fart about learning. If even one kid in a classroom wants to learn, it is that teacher's job to
provide education. Otherwise, they should be fired for not doing their job, just as anyone would.
That teacher already has a chance at life. Already has a career (although obviously a pretty bad one. lol) and it is unfair for him to not provide
this girl with her own chance to make something of herself. IMO that is perfecly worthy of flying into a minor rage. Seems almost as callous and
uncaring as the teens who were mad they were going to miss Justin Beiber on Ellen because of the school shooting coverage. Maybe even more so, as
these dumb kids wanting to watch a show will not prevent someone from stepping confidently into a future more bright than welfare in the ghetto.
And on that note, I truly hope you're not a welfare opponent, with that attitude, as it would show an inconsistency of character, IMO.
PS-- Parroting "manners and decorum" really does not display or suggest self-directed thought. I understand we're used to parroting catch-phrases in
this culture, but really that is one of the many, many things wrong with it, and IMO counterproductive to original thought.
edit on 15-12-2012
by iwilliam because: (no reason given)