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 As a teacher (for 8 years) in a much maligned and dissed field (ESL/EFL), this really pisses me off. My kids get nothing but desks and a chalkboard and photocopied textbooks that we put together and they thrive for the most part.  I can't understand how you can have kids in front of you for X hours a day and not get anything vital through to them. Seriously. If this is true, then I'm going to homeschool my kids. 

ETA: Holy crap, just watched the 2nd half (had only watched the first half when I posted this) and would like to note that, wow, host-dude, ease up on the anti-union propaganda a little!  Whoever scripted this really really has a thing against public school teachers.  Not cool. Not cool at all. 

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] poisedmidway.livejournal.com
I have chosen to homeschool my kid, but she was in kindergarten in public school and her teacher and school was fantastic. It was in 'the country', but in a booming part of it. I'm also close friends with a handful of public school teachers, former teachers, and principals, who help me school my child. I don't think it's the teachers, or if it is, it's a rare thing for it to be the teachers. It's also that the parents aren't taking an interest in their kids schooling and expecting a total stranger to babysit not only them but also 29 other kids. There are not enough teachers, not enough time, not enough parents who are willing to help when it's their kid. Parents don't teach their kids to respect authority or listen to adults, which makes a classroom just a waste.

I homeschool because my child learned strangely, which we just found out was because she's almost 100% right brained, and public school and most private schools don't cater to that. But my support, my go to people, my sources, are all from the public school system.

I tell my sister in law every time she bitches about her kids' school system that if she thinks the teacher needs help she needs to help. She 'doesn't want to interfere'. To me, that seems like the biggest problem.

Forgive my rant. Schooling in America is so frustrating to me. Not for the normal schooling reasons, but because, to me, parents should be more involved, and they're not, so they're blaming the schools and the teachers, who are outnumbered and not allowed the freedom to do what they need to. Parent's want the teachers to babysit but not be an authority figure, and then they bitch when the teachers aren't authority figures.

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Date: 2010-02-28 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yaramaz.livejournal.com
The thing that fascinated me as I watched the whole show was how it developed this dual theme of Teachers/Unions Are Bad And Greedy and WOW Our Kids Are Out of Control! I was deeply, deeply offended by how teachers were branded as lazy, greedy, pointless people who wanted to work only 6.whatever hours a day--- not pointing out that a 6.whatever hour day did not include things like marking and planning and consulting until late at night and on weekends (at least, that is how it's been with me, even though I only work 3/6/0/6/3 hours a week.

I saw how completely nuts a lot of the kids were in that show and how the teachers were struggling and getting blamed. I've never taught North American kids but I can say that rich Turkish kids were pretty wild and I never could figure out how to keep them calm enough to do anything focused. However, I had the full support of my school and of the parents who knew the kids were often wired on sugar and quite a handful. At the same time, I saw the parents in the show saying how their kid was 16 and couldn't read and the schools had failed him and I thought, whoa, lady, how about helping him at home? How about trying Sylvan BEFORE he's 16? Sigh.

When I started watching the show, I decided to post it after watching the first 15 or so minutes of it because it made me so angry for one reason-- that education wasn't working in the US. When I continued watching it, I realized that, huh, whoa, nobody here is really working successfully toward education-- they showed gyms and pools and computer labs (where the spending went) and tired teachers and parents who asked a lot from the teachers but nowt from themselves. The charter school teachers held up as role models were indeed great teachers but wow, the threat of being fired at any time is a stressful one, as is having to be available by phone to the kids at ANY HOUR. No separation of life and work. These may be more motivated teachers but they'll be burnt out teachers soon, who will then be quickly fired and replaced by less burnt out teachers. I've been there.

End of rant.

But seriously, I'm thinking of home schooling.

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