Feb 16, 2011

"We Don't Need No, Education.. HEY! TEACHER! Leave Those Kids Alone..."

I just read an article on Yahoo! about a Pennsylvania teacher who blogged about her school and students; complaining that they were lazy,impatient and overall rude. Blaming parents for being more of friends then disciplinarians. Now, the fact of whether or not the blog was innapprioriate is questionable. Being as she never stated her full name, names of her students or her school, and the blog was intended for family and friends. When put like that I honestly, don't see anything wrong with it? Just because she is a teacher is she not allowed to comment on her life. Then again, I guess if you worked for the Pentagon or CIA you can't start a blog and talk about how rough you day at work was either, BUT she is a teacher not a government agent. My questions out there isn't so much was her blog right or wrong...but whether what she is saying is true or not?

I feel the lines of what she is saying are blurry, especially since I am not a black and white kind of person.. I see things in the grey..kind of like that quote from "The Last Kiss".
"Life is pretty much in the grays for the most part and if you insist always on black and white... you are going to be very unhappy."
Anyways, Do I think there are students who overall are just plain lazy, impatient and overall rude? YES.
Do I think that SOME parents try to be friends instead of disciplinarians? YES
But however, I think there are a lot of kids who get grouped into this bunch, when really there teacher isn't tapping into the students, needs; and this is where it gets blurry again. Some teachers JUST down right suck. I had a teacher who once said " more than half the class is failing, you guys need to work harder" This wasn't an overly active class, this wasn't a class full of rude, lazy, impatient students. She was just a bad teacher. She didn't listen when we said we didn't understand or she was going too fast. So, over half the class failed.. I have had teachers who are middle grade. They inspire some students and others not some much. Perhaps the teaching style just connects with some students and not others. Then there are teachers who really inspire there whole class. Point is, students learn differently, but we are clumped together and we are taught the same way. It is the teachers job to inspire and make there students want to learn, yes. But what can they all can't teach in a way to personalize it for each student they receive. At least not in the way, the class system is set up now. Which is why I think teachers, like the one that blogged are frustrated. THEN again she can be one of those HORRIBLE teachers who just blames her students and doesn't look at herself and er teaching skills.

I was one of those students that could of been categorized as lazy, impatient and rude. It's just for me, I am more of a hands on learner. I also, just like to go out and find out for myself. Learn the hard way I guess, but that works better for me. In class I usually just got easily bored.. if I couldn't catch on right away, I would tune out, if I already learned it, my attention was somewhere else, or if it was something that I deemed boring to learn. i.e. Math.  Some schools and some states are now doing programs that regularly test kids to see how they learn and then place them in classes, or groups based on that and those schools and states have proven to have higher success rates. So.. Why don't we have that has the new standard way to teach? Why don't we choose the way that helps ALL of our kids? I don't understand that.

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