Originally Posted by delany
No it wasn't - it was a silly, snarky comment that avoided the very valid points made by the original poster and was clearly submitted by someone who has never taught at a school.
To the original poster. This is a fun place to read rumors and baseless speculation presented as fact but I really wouldn't bother. (I wouldn't either but every now and again I come home a bit drunk and feel the need to try and hold a mirror up.)
I am a former teacher, my girlfriend is a teacher, and my mother is a teacher. He is 100% correct. In my opinion our school's problems are:
1) 80% Parents. Parents who don't check if their kids are doing homework. Parents that assume their kids are angels. Parents that DEFEND their child when they're told that their child is acting out, rather than take corrective action. Parents who set a terrible example at home with their behavior (teaching their children to not respect authority, to curse, to watch TV all day, etc.) Parents who are unaware or in denial that their child HURTS other children, DISTRACTS other children, and takes the teacher's time away from the class. Of course, no one thinks that they themselves are bad parents
-Real example: Kid's parent REFUSES to acknowledge that their child has ADD, so they go untreated. Meanwhile, they are not getting the attention they deserve, and they are also dragging down 5 other kids.
-Real example: A kid CUTS another kid with scissors, hits his teacher, and curses at the principal (kindergartener, by the way). Mom comes in and the first things she says is, "He didn't do it."
2) 10% Bad teachers who are defended by unions. They have tenure, or whatever union protections that makes it difficult to fire bad teachers. They might get shuffled around within the district, but it's very hard to fire a teacher (unless it's about funding, which it is these days!)
3) 10% Funding/Resources. No, throwing money at schools will not solve everything. But the fact is that many schools do not have enough money for even the most basic supplies (paper, pencils, glue, scissors, etc.) Teachers pay hundreds out of their own pocket for these basic things. Sure, parents in rich districts donate - but good luck if you teach in a poorer area. Parents would rather pay for their new SUV or a two-week vacation (during the school year, of course) to their homeland.
This is may not a scientific conclusion, but my personal conclusion as someone who is somewhat knowledgable about schools/teachers/kids.