New Mexico governor attacks claims by...

New Mexico governor attacks claims by GOP nominee

There are 6 comments on the El Paso Times story from Aug 20, 2010, titled New Mexico governor attacks claims by GOP nominee. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

Gov. Bill Richardson took his first steps into this fall's gubernatorial election on Friday, firing off a pointed criticism of Republican nominee Susana Martinez over her remarks from campaign advertising and a debate on education issues.

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Veganman

Brawley, CA

#1 Aug 22, 2010
I taught in APS for six years and with an M.A., was paid $31,000 a year. You can't expect much from a professional teacher who is paid so low. Higher pay results in higher expectations.

“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

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#2 Aug 22, 2010
Veganman wrote:
I taught in APS for six years and with an M.A., was paid $31,000 a year. You can't expect much from a professional teacher who is paid so low. Higher pay results in higher expectations.
In many cases you are correct. However there is more to teaching than a paycheck, although I agree that it does stimulate one to do more - usually. More money also attracts deadbeats, and the teachers unions are quite adept at fighting for and retaining those same deadbeats - all of whom make work much harder for competent teachers. Weeding them out is necessary, just as in any profession, but the difficulty of coming up with a fair and viable system to do it is not easy.

NM being as poor as it is, and being kept there by our legislature certainly does not bode well for attracting good teachers. Those who do are certainly dedicated and my hat is off to them for their hard work.

“Freedom is never free”

Since: Jan 09

El Paso, Texas

#3 Aug 22, 2010
CornDogz wrote:
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In many cases you are correct. However there is more to teaching than a paycheck, although I agree that it does stimulate one to do more - usually. More money also attracts deadbeats, and the teachers unions are quite adept at fighting for and retaining those same deadbeats - all of whom make work much harder for competent teachers. Weeding them out is necessary, just as in any profession, but the difficulty of coming up with a fair and viable system to do it is not easy.
NM being as poor as it is, and being kept there by our legislature certainly does not bode well for attracting good teachers. Those who do are certainly dedicated and my hat is off to them for their hard work.
I will agree because both my parents were teachers. I also want to add that there are a lot of people who get into teaching not just for the "easy" paycheck, but weekends off and summer vacations.

When I was at my last school I was offered a full-time sub position to take over a math teachers classes that had abruptly left the school. I was told that his 2nd period class was uncontrollable and obnoxious. I asked an assistant principal what should I do about catching them up to the level they should be at and was told "Don't worry about it they're not gonna pass anyway."

That ticked me off to no end. So I made it a goal to have each class perform at a way better level than what the previous guy had them at and good note of that was one day just two weeks into my short tenure a science teacher was walking passed my 2nd period class, he looked in, kept walking, but then took a step back and called me to the hall.

He asked, "This was his worst class. What did you do to get them to work?"

Each student was quietly working on that day's assignment, even when I stepped into the hall they continued to work and I told the teacher, "Just treating them like people."

You've got too many people who get into teaching and forget that these are kids, but in high school you don't have to treat them like their 8 years old. "Go to the corner" and things like that will quickly get them into disrespecting you. They're teenagers, treat them as such and you'll get better results. There's time for discipline, but no need to be the ogre and go over-the-top with it.

There was a very bright student in that class. She had the highest GPA not just with that class, but every other class I had. I just hope she graduated with honors and I'd hope she got an academic scholarship somewhere. She was truly smart only problem at that time she was pregnant. I told her to not give up on school. Do it for herself and definitely do it for her child.

There is no way to pay for compassion and there is no reward nor can you test for it, but we fail our students when our schools are filled with people with no compassion for their job nor any compassion for their students.

“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

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#4 Aug 23, 2010
And now old triple chin $Bill is kicking it in Cuba, partially at our expense with his slobbering entourage. He's educating us alright, educating us that he's a bottom feeding scumbag carpetbagger. A vacation for a lame duck using money that could possibly have gone into the classroom.
Free is free

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Aug 23, 2010
"If New Mexicans want a third term of the failed policies of Bill Richardson, they should vote for his loyal soldier, Diane Denish," Martinez said.
I couldn't agree more. That Fat Bill would defend his record of failure doesn't surprise me a bit. It also doesn't surprise me a bit that he thinks the answer to the issue is to spend more. That's the progressive way; throw more of someone else's money.

Since: Aug 08

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#6 Aug 23, 2010
"Richardson rejected the suggestion that schools are failing....."

Ha! What a ding bat. If our stats aren't showing our schools are failing, I'd hate to see what he thinks failing is!

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