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Three years of experience. Just about enough time to start calling on about equal numbers

of boys and girls automatically, instead of having to remember not to reward boys for their scene-stealing behavior.

Just about enough time to start automatically allowing wait time for student responses - 15 seconds at the minimum.

Just about enough time to figure out different cohorts of students require different classroom layouts.

Just about enough time to realize that real lesson plans are important, rather than just "winging it" or reading a script.

Just about enough time to realize that some kids have no one at all in their corner, ever, and just the tiniest support will make that rock bloom.

Enough time to open and run a school? Nope.

Totally developmentally inappropriate to imagine that elementary kids have enough agency to work for an hour unsupervised on a computer.

No art or music? Heck, cut out lunch, too - everyone knows that digestion makes you sleepy, and sleepy kids can't learn; also by no means allow them any time out in the open to run and play and learn social interaction.

Majority of teachers have 2 years or less on the job? Wow. Let's completely reinvent the wheel - after all, those oldtimers never learned anything worth knowing after 30 years, right?

Yes, four years of college should be included in free and appropriate education

for every student. And I'm including trade schools and so under that broad umbrella.

I was the first person in my family to graduate high school. I was offered a full ride scholarship to Texas A&M, which I took. I married during my sophomore year, but my spouse did not have a scholarship, so we both worked.

At the end of 4 years, I was 12 hours short of a degree, and I needed $525 for another semester of school, an impossible sum. My parents couldn't help - they were 8th grade dropouts, scraping by.

I did not know that student loans existed. I could have borrowed it from the school loan fund, but I had no schema for that. I dropped out. 20 years later, my local university did an outreach to those with incomplete degrees from anywhere. These specialists arranged my schedule, did the transfer of credit, arranged a student loan, and I finished my degree that spring and began teaching.

Since then, I have earned a Master's in education, and I teach in a large high school where 50% of the population has parents who never finished high school and where 85% qualify for free and reduced lunch. I still work with the community outreach for UT-Permian Basin, the folks who helped me, to help my own students.

Great program, and for those with no background, like me, an absolute godsend. My experience is that it's never the coursework that keeps students from finishing college, it's the lack of funding, time management, prioritizing, and just not taking one step at a time that kills.

Hmmm, all they paid was a fine of puny proportions? They weren't forced to fight to the death

for their cars? Or to get out of jail? I don't know why not. I'd WAYYYYY rather pay to see a bunch of animal killers and blood sports enthusiasts injure and kill each other than get innocent animals involved.

And to the stupid guy who thought that those who were "only" watching should not be punished? Well, that sort of language is inappropriate in this forum. But it involves a short length of 1" gas pipe, a towel, bucket of water, a battery with cables and someone like me to preside.

Blood sports brings out the populist in me rather than the progressive.

Thank you. Correct. The fuckers on the payroll keep anything from happening.

Toxic country.

Mom buys multiple guns, including a semiautomatic, and takes her son target shooting frequently.
Kids spend endless hours playing video games, of which a huge percent are first person shooter games.
Movies and TV shows endlessly glorify violence.
We celebrate when we kill foreigners overseas.

So immersing people in a culture of killing is good, fun, and a game

and combining with real practice with real death-dealing weapons not remotely suited for anything but killing people.

Why would we think we'd get anything else? Two this week. I'll be amazed if it's not one a day in the very near future.

We've baked a cake, and it's ready to serve.

Thank you. Very well said. My dad and granddad were both veterans as well,

and neither owned any guns nor thought that they needed to.

People are what they do. If they buy guns and bullet resistant clothing and thousands of rounds of ammunition and spend hours and hours shooting, that is what they become - people who shoot.

Why some of that energy can't be put into volunteering for Christmas in April, repairing houses for the elderly who own but cannot afford major repairs to their houses, which is what my dad and granddad did, or some other useful activity, I don't know.

That's why I don't understand why so many video games are shooter games, either. I never allowed them in the house, and I don't believe my kids missed a thing by it.
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