Yes, like everything else, there are good ones and not so good ones. Unions have done what Unions always do, screwed up the whole process, IMHODuring my UG years I worked with a Master’s student that was thinking of teaching. During her student internship the other teachers ridiculed her for dressing nicely. You see teachers must look poor so that they can cry for more money. FYI I believe teaching is one of the most important jobs in America and they are underpaid. However they need to ditch the unions and have annual reviws before I give them another dime. Many aren’t worth what they get paid now.
It's not the kids as stated in the title to this post. There are still many who learn no matter what. Support these kids as best you can as they ARE the ones who can bring a good future.I hear this criticism of youth and this country and of our education system often on the forum and it kinda makes me a little sick. There are more smart youth, well run schools and parts of this country that are just outstanding. Maybe some people just like to feel superior over others and to blame certain others for all the problems. Go ahead, get it off your chest but don't believe the youth, this country or our institutions are going to heck. We are strong in all the right places.
Much of what you say is true! Especially the lack of Parental support for the school, teachers & rules. Many parents live in denial of their children's poor behavior and failures, and support it by refusing to listen to the teacher, school etc. that Johnny & Suzy are not perfect!It's not the kids as stated in the title to this post. There are still many who learn no matter what. Support these kids as best you can as they ARE the ones who can bring a good future.
The problem is a lot of the education system itself. Federal government intrusion is now mandating a lot of the distractions from learning the basics. I'm not blaming teachers either, except the ones who are eagerly promoting the distractions. Talk to a teacher who has been teaching for a while to get a sense of what used to be and how far we've strayed from the basics.
The education system has been infiltrated by leftist indoctrination for decades. Teacher training and increased government control have ensured this.
Teacher friend of mine spent more time in principal's office to explain his high student failure rate than did kids disrupting his classes. Kids have to spend more and more time learning political correctness than the basic skills needed to compete with the real world (China for one).
Any kid who really wants to learn is handicapped by built-in disruptions of classes. Example: Mandated in-class presence of kids requiring individual person being with them (used to call this 'mainstreaming'). At best these kids would just sit there quietly. More times than not, they would begin talking. Sometimes, they got violent and be back in a few days. It would be the exceptional kid who could screen out the disruptions and learn in that kind of environment.
There is a reason there is a teacher shortage now. Teachers who love to teach their chosen subjects can't do it effectively any more and are quitting. They don't get support of their administration: disruptive kids get sent to the office. Unless the kid gets arrested, they are back in the classroom in a few minutes. Teachers will get in trouble for attempts to control individuals in class. Parents complaining about their kid's poor grades or teacher picking on their kid get believed and the teacher gets in trouble.
Only the exceptionally strong ones even bother fighting the system for the kids anymore. It's just become a job to be survived by the path of least resistance.
Lack of support by parents for growing numbers of reasons gets the blame. As do all the distractions available to kids outside schools.
Here's some good kids instinctively helping out:
Several Georgia high school football players saved a woman trapped in her car after a crash. They used their strength to pry the door open so she could get to safety.www.foxnews.com
Actually they only carried three models, all were Garmin. Turns out the mount was in the box. You should know that much about something you sell. I’d also think you would know what a GPS is if you are going to work in electronics. Or am I expecting too much???Being the 'devils advocate' for a minute. Considering how many different GPS are on the market and how many different mounts are available I doubt that many can remember which fits what, BUT I bet the 'buyer', if he/she was smart enough, could read the package and make a determination.
In the USAF (1969-73) I operated seismic equipment (to detect Russian/Chinese/French nuclear tests). We pulled 12-hour shifts (2 days, one off, two nights, one off, back to days). Night shifts in northern Thailand (along the Thai/Burma/Laotian borders) were long and boring. So every evening I wrote down 15 new Thai words and memorized them. And refreshed my Thai words from the prior shifts. Pretty soon I was learning additional words solely from conversation with Thais. Was that helpful? Absolutely. Our Thai military allies worked with us (to provide physical security) when we'd go into the jungle to replace defective data cable (in 1/4 mile sections). Conversational Thai was essential to getting this done. Same scenario on Mindanao in the PI. Fast forward to my career in accounting. I was a partner and CFO for a Big 8 accounting firm's worldwide operation, and frequently conversed with partners in all parts of the world (Kuwait, Japan, Brazil, Indonesia, France, Germany, Italy, the Philippines, Thailand, etc.). Using a bit of "conversational" foreign language was a great way to turn business-only relationships into personal friendships, which in turn made business issues all the easier to resolve. Now retired, my Spanish is better than it was decades ago, and that helps given the large, ever-increasing influx of Mexicans and Central Americans who work here in Texas.So personally not much, my bachelors degree was business administration with a minor in economics and later got an associates degree in mechanical engineering. If I needed to know something I could look it up vs. wasting a few semesters on a very low possibility of future usefulness.
My second language skills are lacking but have not limited me in any fashion, enough basic Spanish to get along in south Florida and some vacations
where it was spoken. I did become fluent enough in Quebecoise French to start plenty of "stuff" while playing junior hockey in Canada, very important
to be able to curse at and personally insult your opponent in a language they understand.
While I understand your point I still think the time vs. value of studies like Latin are wasted on the masses. Maybe better off teaching a useful life skill of say personal financial management, or maybe life effecting decision making, or something more applicable to the so called real world.
Latin is the basis for many of the words from English and science/math. You would have a greater understanding of the meaning and origins of the words you use everyday.Serious question.
And how did they guarantee the " safe " aspect at those two schools ?
Half assed question...How would Latin have been a valuable addition to my education?
I would put that at about the early 70's.Yes,, the education system has failed our kids in so many ways. Solid skills like reading, (actual) writing, normal math, true history,, (good & bad), economics, all seem to be pushed aside in favor of whatever curve is necessary for them to pass the kids along.
When was the last time you heard of a kid failing a grade & being held back?