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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 07:05 AM

 

On teachers.

Today, like many other days on the net, there is another negative story about teachers is circulating throughout DU, the internet, and the country at large. Somewhere, somehow a teacher is doing some outrageous act that gets people all in a tizzy, foaming at the mouth for that teacher's head on a platter, and outraged at teachers in general.

Nowhere do we hear the simple miracles that teachers perform everyday. Like reaching the yearly goals for a developmentally disabled student months early, and pressing on for that child to learn more. Like feeding, clothing, and teaching millions of low income students and being the surrogate parent for those kids because their own parents are too fucked up in one form or fashion to be the parent themselves. Or how teachers continue to impart learning to millions of kids, despite the machinations of corporations and government that are designed to eliminate public schools and teachers' careers.

Are there bad teachers, certainly, just like there are bad people in government, in business, in medicine and virtually every other profession. But the number of bad teachers pales compared to the number of good teachers, those who work late into the night in order to prepare for the next day, those who mentor students who have nobody else to turn to, those who persevere despite ongoing attacks by so called "experts" at the local, state and national level.

There has been an ongoing attack on teachers for the past thirty years, and as part of the ongoing attack there is an ongoing effort to denigrate teachers in general. Steady as a drumbeat, you can count on the media to stir up some outrage about teachers. From heinous acts committed by individual teachers to how much those snotty teachers are getting paid(they're rich, they get pensions and insurance!), the media pumps out a steady diet of bad teacher stories, hardly ever chiming in with stories about the simple miracles thousands of teachers perform everyday.

So please, remember this the next time you hear some story of a teacher doing some outrageous act halfway across the country. Just a few blocks away in your local school, underpaid, overstressed, underappreciated teachers are performing miracles large and small on a daily basis. They just don't get the same kind of press as bad teachers do.

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MadHound Apr 2012 OP
senseandsensibility Apr 2012 #1
Phentex Apr 2012 #2
Namvet67 Apr 2012 #3
urgk Apr 2012 #4
obamanut2012 Apr 2012 #5
Mc Mike Apr 2012 #6
callous taoboy Apr 2012 #7
Starry Messenger Apr 2012 #8
chervilant Apr 2012 #9
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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 07:23 AM

1. Thanks!

K and R.

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 07:23 AM

2. We all know that crap is king. Give us dirty laundry! ...

This is true of many stories. People don't want to hear (or post) the good stories. it's much easier to post the ones that will bring outrage front and center.

My best friend is a teacher at an elementary school. She works at a school that is overcrowded so she teaches in a storage closet and sometimes she shares it with another teacher and about 6 kids at a time. It's not a regular class as she pulls out kids who need more help. When it's too loud for the kids to focus, she takes them into a hallway with a small dry erase board and they sit on the floor.

Meanwhile she's undergoing chemo for breast cancer and is exhausted but she does not miss school.

You won't see a news story about her but her dedication is every bit as newsworthy IMO.

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 08:04 AM

3. We drop our kids off.....and presto....they're doctors,engineers,etc. Mystery of Mysteries.....

how the hell did that happen?.....oh , right, teachers!!!!!!!!....how else could it happen????????......they are the most underappreciated group ever. I am an M.D. I thank the teachers first.....then everybody else. (except the sadistic fucking nuns that did everything they could to make us robots....they are not even to be considered teachers, but hitler youth camp counselors).

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 08:30 AM

4. In Indiana, a teacher is running for State Supt. of Public Instruction.

His name is Justin Oakley, and he's a dad and middle school History teacher who thinks it's wrong to teach to standardized tests, cram classrooms full of as many kids as possible, restrict collective bargaining rights, judge at-risk school district teachers against wealthy school district teachers, and to paint teachers, rather than the myriad problems teachers face, as the biggest problem in the US school system.

And, of course, Justin's up against a Mitch Daniels supported GOP privatization advocate named Tony Bennett who's pretending to fix schools by holding them to an unreachable set of goals. Bennett has been shifting all the blame to teachers while the GOP runs legislation through the Indiana state that will let the state take over any schools that Bennett's ever-changing standards manage to label as "failing."

Anyhow, I'm sure Justin could use a little DU support. http://www.oakley2012.org/

Oh, and Justin's team has a small set of "thank you" videos up on youtube to try to boost the teacher morale that's been plummeting over the past few years. The idea is for people to make short videos thanking the teachers who changed their lives for the better.

http://www.youtube.com/user/ThisIsForMyTeacher

http://www.facebook.com/ThisIsForMyTeacher

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 08:37 AM

5. K & R!

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 08:40 AM

6. Interesting anti-teacher media move in Pittsburgh, yesterday.

Last edited Thu May 17, 2012, 09:10 AM - Edit history (1)

The Pgh. Post - Gazette ran with a story that the school board is asking AFT Local 400 to agree to furloughs not based on seniority, a 'kill the union' resolution.

The story ran the morning that the Pgh. Federation of Teachers had their ballots delivered by mail to all rank-and-file members, for the upcoming election of all union officials. The anti-incumbent candidate (son of 'Studio Wrestling' champ Bruno Sammartino) has been a gadfly to all three union presidents and their officers, but he can't get it together enough to fill a 30 member slate of reps. to the PA state AFT. A yutz. (I'm I. B. of Electrical Workers Local 5, but my wife's a Local 400 rank-and-filer, so I've watched their union politics for decades.)

The 2nd biggest school district in PA is of course being hammered by (repug) Gov 'Close your Eyes' Corbett's 1 billion in state ed budget cuts, and the incumbent leadership is fighting a desperate rear-guard action against the non-elected Superintendent, to save jobs. They are doing this while also fighting a union election battle.

The timing of this newspaper article's publication is clearly designed to promote an anti-incumbency 'heat of the moment' vote by the rank-and-file, in protest of the direction in which EVERYTHING - schools, the teaching profession, union representation - is going.

Watch the wun percent at work.

Tactically speaking, I advocate that the AFT, NEA, and AFSCME throw a nationwide wildcat one day strike, in solidarity with the May Day General strike. Teachers and staff can see the kids at school May 1st, just not IN school. It would definitely be a positive educational experience for 99% of public school kids, and their families. (Just my opinion, but maybe I'm a bigger yutz than Sammartino.)

Edit to add: Sammartino is Bruno's nephew, I heard yesterday. He lost on May 16, but the full incumbent slate didn't win.

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:12 AM

7. Just ran into a former student:

He is headed off to med school soon, and he thanked me for inspiring him in math and science.
He comes from a low-income home, but his mom's boss sees potential in him and will be paying for his med school.

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:13 AM

8. k&r

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 02:44 PM

9. Thank you for this post.

I miss madfloridian...

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 02:45 PM

10. Just like the Catholic Church?

Oh wait a minute, they are ALL child rapists who do no good for society. Nevermind?

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