An open-minded Arab special education teacher living with a foot in each hemisphere.
Dear Americans, as an inhabitant of former soviet satellite, I'm telling you that you are embracing exactly what you had been fighting for fifty years.*electroshocked*In fact I was not aware of the fact that I'm a racist, but OK I will become one. If I was an American I would really be considering some lawsuit, because I AM offended by their definitions. *puke*POWER, point 2: Power is the ability to define reality and to convince other people that it is their definition.Hey, can you see that peak of irony? muahahahahahah
Hey, now I know I am racist just because of the color of MY skin....
How long has this college taught this and why hasn't something been said before now? It seems like someone would've picked up on all the crap they are dishing out before now......I sure didn't know I was racist just because I was white...
I'm not sure how long it's been going on there, but I would hope parents were aware of the bullshit they would paying for their kids' heads to be filled with and stop sending their kids there.What's truly racist is to deem an entire race to be something based on their appearance and not their actions, as they are obviously doing.
I just wonder if this is only happening in our colleges? What about high schools down to elementary schools? It seems that recently the schools my children are in kind of want to push the parents away, not let them be involved in the events at the schools...maybe it is on a more subdued level....I don't want to sound paranoid, but.....
I can't speak for all teachers or all schools, but I love keeping in close contact with parents. In my situation, I very rarely get to communicate with the parents because they give old or incorrect phone numbers, they move just about every 6 months or so for whatever reason, and many of them didn't have pleasant school experiences of their own and so continue to distance themselves from the memory by avoiding contact with us. On the other hand, there are some parents I wish would back off and let us do our job... They dictate to a degree that no other profession would accept. They may argue to place their child in a class way above their capabilities to the point that a non-verbal child who drools and bites and isn't entirely toilet trained may be in a college prep. class, despite the professional opinions of every educator/administrator involved. And then there are the mentally unbalanced ones who make our lives just that little bit more unpleasant and I really wish would go away and get the help they need.However, all in all, despite the pushy, overbearing, or psychotic, I'd rather have at least a weekly communication with the parents of my kids, preferably through e-mail, but then that's hardly realistic either.
For some reason, my google account isn't letting me post as Chimera07, so I did as anonymous..sorry...anyway, I agree with you. I have been on both sides of the fence with this. A teacher and a parent. I have met some parents that need to be committed...forever...and then there are some teachers who just want the day to be over...I believe a lot have lost faith in the system with all the "can't do's" surrounding them...I mean you can't even hug a child anymore for fear of being accused of something. On another note, what is your opinion of the education curriculum in todays classrooms? I don't know how other states are, but where I live the whole school year is geared toward the state testing. It is all you hear about from the first day of school up until April, when the testing begins for a two week period. They are not requiring a basic, classical education anymore. There are assignments that my children (one in 4th grade, other in 8th) bring home that I have never heard of. Or when they do bring home something I am familiar with, it is taught so differently than the way I learned it that I actually cannot help them. I worry about my children's retention of all this. Sure when test time rolls around the schools get good scores, but I bet if they test these children randomly, after the fact, they have only memorized, not retained. Am I missing the point of the system here or what? The answer that I get most is "our children live in a competitve society and have to be up to par with other countries." But what good does it do them to be taught this way and then "forget" it? I don't blame teachers, they are teaching what each state mandates. I have had teachers telling me how frustrating it is, how confused an lot of the children are, and with the overloaded classrooms, they have a hard time with any "one on one" teaching. Can you shed some light on this?
The current system of education in the States is in great need of an overhaul if we really want to create "lifelong learners" like we always say we do, and not a bunch of memorizers. This will require teachers who are willing to REALLY communicate amongst themselves to share great ideas, research teaching techniques of those beyond their school walls, parents who are willing to support the teachers and not fight them (a good parent-teacher program of activities may help here), the time to do the planning, and time permitted for growing pains. I think this will lead to more horizon expanding experiences for all involved and teaching would not only cover the required state standards, but go beyond to reach various learning styles too.I've bored you enough. I've save it for the masters class I've just started!
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