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  • dkd45805

    I wanted to say THANK YOU for this article. We need more teachers willing to stick up for themselves, and the profession!!

  • dkd45805

    I am a teacher who is experiencing the same problems. If I assign work outside of class, many students blatantly do not do the work. I have always done my part. I have always had a quality lesson to deliver, addressed classroom management challenges, called parents, made myself available before and after school to help students, etc., etc.

    But the bottom line is that learning takes work on the part of the student.

    When you take a good, hard look at our culture, do we really value education? Let's be honest. I get more parents wanting to sway my policies than ask what can be done to help their students learn. As a coach, I see parents way more involved in the athletics than in the academics. When I look at other countries, there are differences culturally that enable their students to outperform ours.

    Let's stop blaming teachers, and start giving students incentives to perform! Why not take the money the government was going to give me for merit pay....and put it in a scholarship fund for the students who actually pass the tests, earn a certain GPA, or even those who always submit homework or have perfect attendance?

    These are just ideas. Pointing the fingers at teachers isn't changing anything. Its just frustrating everyone.

    A little bit of honesty would do this country a lot of good.