Ocean View, HI
#41 Nov 27, 2009
Education is the biggest item in the state's budget, yet the governor is not allowed any say in how the money is spent. Way more than half of education employees have NO teaching duties. Hawai'i is getting ripped off by a pack of thieves who prey on the very resource that is our future. I firmly believe that 99% of teachers really want to help kids, and the administrators only want to kick back and cruze brah.
#42 Nov 27, 2009
If what you say is true, then just take a video of the teacher one year. Then for every other class til eternity, just play the video in front of the students. No distinction for class differences. In fact, don't even need schools and classrooms, just sell the video to the parents and they can play it at home. Hahahahaha!! Now, there is REAL SAVINGS. Actually the state can make money on each video.
#43 Nov 27, 2009
Wow! I didn't know supermodels went into teaching! A great improvement. Thank you. Your comments are also on the mark!
#44 Nov 27, 2009
You are way off base. It is not the teachers who have made the educational system a failure. It is all the parents who think that the schools are going to give the students all the education that they need. It is the parents who think that the schools are going to take care of their kids while they go to work, play, and do nothing. A child with a supportive and helpful parent will succeed in learning no matter what school they attend. A child with a parent who doesn't care will not learn even if they went to the best schools.
#45 Nov 27, 2009
Are you saying that 6-8 planning days a year make or break the profession?
Are the line separating private and public school teacher quality?
Are the difference between good and bad teaching?
Are actually the only problem facing the DOE?
You don't do your cause any good by publishing such tripe, and no one is really impressed by your PhD.
#46 Nov 27, 2009
Are you saying the teachers have no room for improvement? The system is a fine tuned machine? That the Pinto and Corvair were fine automobiles, and The American Driver made them into Death on Wheels?
Face it. Blaming parents for the failings of public education is a cop out, pure and simple. If you disagree, please get out of the classroom because you are part of the problem.
Sure it's frustrating to work with real people who imperfectly fulfill YOUR expectations. Sure teaching is a thankless job with precious successes few and far between. Sure the pay isn't commensurate with the societal expectations and workload.
Deal with it. You don't do the work for you. You do it for the kids.
Your bosses have taken away all your power. Take it back, or stop whining.
#47 Nov 28, 2009
I'm an elementary teacher. Most "prep" days are not used for planning. Day 1 is used for setting up classroom -- moving furniture, putting charts on walls, putting up bulletin boards, hooking up clothesline, setting up centers and classroom library, making name tags and name plates -- making classroom welcoming and print rich environment.
Day 2 is Admin day. Day-long, fricken boring meeting. Just email us! That day can go bye-bye.
Four Staff Development/collaboration days = sometimes mainland/local presenter, sometime anykine waste time stuff, sometime cross grade level articulation. Half of those days can go bye-bye.(Before having these designated Staff Dev days, schools would purchase subs for every single teacher and have a session on or off campus. It was a regular school day for kids.)
Between semester day - clerical, i.e, report cards. No need that day. Most teachers use it for getting mentally ready after being on Winter break.
My school has planning time built in to our weekly schedule. With creative scheduling, whole grade levels meet during the school day. We have more than enough "planning" time.
We also have our daily 45 minutes of "prep", which is not nearly enough time to read through students' daily work and get ready for the next day. That's why we take home papers to correct. But some of my colleagues use class time to correct work while kids do "busy work."
Just describing my situation.
#48 Nov 28, 2009
you, as a parent of a first grader, can't spend the time to check with your son on his homework, his assignments, etc... and expect a first grader to remember everything, all the time?
talk about in loco parentis - not only do the teachers have to babysit your kids in school, you want them to check on their homework assignments at your home, too?
granted, if what you say happened actually happened, the teacher was WAY out of line, and should have been disciplined accordingly. this is NOT the union's fault, as the union had nothing to do with it - don't blame the union, blame the lazy, incompetent principal for failing to do his job and investigate. teachers CAN get fired, it's just that most principals don't want to do the work to investigate and document (lazy).
finally - if nothing else comes out of this, bet your son won't forget his homework again anytime soon, eh?
#49 Nov 28, 2009
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