by Diane Scanlon
I thought long and hard about this page because
I didn't want it to seem patronizing. I didn't want to throw it
together. I wanted it to be sincere. After reading the rest of my pages,
one might think I hate all teachers! Well, nothing could be further from
the truth. I think teachers have the toughest job in America today. It
shouldn't be that way. Kids shouldn't be all thrown together like they
are today. It's ridiculous. An average classroom has upwards of 25
students in it. There are children who are below average and there are
those above. Most are in the middle, comfortable range and usually the
easiest to teach. The classroom curriculum is geared toward this group.
What does the teacher do with those children who are far below and those
who are far above? If there were 6 different levels of mental and/or
academic ability in that classroom, how does one teacher teach to all 6?
Well, I don't see how it's possible. At least I don't see how it could
happen in today's classroom. So the kids who are above level usually get
pushed aside. It's assumed they'll be ok. They won't.
Then selfish parents who won't even take the
time to make sure their kids get breakfast in the morning can hinder
teacher's jobs. I know that a lot of kids find it hard to eat a meal
first thing in the morning, but come on! A piece of toast is impossible?
It can even be eaten on the way to school. A child who is hungry cannot
learn. That's been proven. And then some parents couldn't be bothered to
make sure that their child does homework at night. These things can make
a teacher look bad when it's report card time even if it's not their
fault at all.
I think there are some wonderful teachers out
there who go in every day and give 150 percent of themselves. These
teachers are worth their weight in gold. They somehow have a knack of
teaching to every level in the class and do it with seemingly no effort
at all. These teachers remember that every student in the classroom is
an individual. And to "my" personal favorite, Mrs. McKenna, I have to
say; "I'll never forget you."
Then there is that group of teachers who try
and try. But, they just can't seem to cut it. They're not strong enough
to gain the respect of their students and therefore their performance
leaves a lot to be desired. I feel very sorry for this crew because I
think that they really wanted to be teachers and they really do care
about their kids.
Then there are the egos. This is the group I
believe should be ousted from the profession. They make the good ones
look bad. They have themselves convinced that they are the greatest
things that ever hit the classroom. They don't cooperate with parents.
They continue to act as it they know everything about the child and the
parent knows nothing. They absolutely hate gifted children and many of
them are only there to collect a paycheck. These are the "contract"
teachers. They're the rotten ones.
When the good teachers of America get tired of this
and rise up to weed the bad ones out, then, and only then, America will
start to be whole again
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