We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Many of the women who purport to speak for the modern woman sound as if testosterone were toxic. However, I wonder how many of them (the non-Lesbians, that is) would ever claim that they seek a husband who is timid, frail, non-physical, unforceful, indecisive, unauthoritative, unadventurous, passive rather than restless, and lacking in intellectual and sexual aggressiveness and vigor?
I can't agree that the problem is as simple as women teachers. I started 1st grade in 1949. My woman teacher was about 68-74 years old. She was tough as nails and the 36 kids in the classroom did not act up. Yes she was tougher on the boys but the boys were the ones testing the teacher. Same story in the next 5 years of elementary school. The teachers were all quite old, all graduates of a state teachers college and all of them had total control of the classroom even though our classes back then averaged 3 dozen children. The difference today is not the gender of the teacher but the belief system taught to the teachers. This is reinforced by the medical community solutions to hyperactive boys and the legal communities approach to injuries and dangerous activities like sports and dodge ball. The next big problem for children will be this belief that almost anything that makes a child unhappy is bullying. The new emphasis on bullying will be used by adults to punish children and often children totally innocent of any wrong doing. Another part of this problem is that today in a school with 12 classrooms and 150 students you have 18 teachers, three dozen teachers aids, two principals, half a dozen librarians, one nurse and 10 office staff and anyone of these adults can "brand" a child as bad, bullying, hyperactive or ADHD etc. While I believe that for the most part teachers and others working in K-12 are doing a good job I think that there are multiple new ideas and thinking about education and children that defy logic and common sense and these new ideas permeate the education system.
There's not a lot of common sense left in education right now. I'm a scoutmaster and one of my scouts found a .22 brass in the boys room. Dutifully he turned it in and as no good deed goes unpunished they searched his backpack. He had a keychain sized swiss army knife in it from the camporee the weekend before. Uh-oh, time for a suspension! Mind you this kid went on to graduate with 4.2, and earned Eagle rank. Every Adult on staff was ready to go down to the Principals office as a group and lean on him. My scout didn't get a suspension, but it never should have come up in the first place
There is a vacuum. There's the dad that isn't physically there, and there's also the dad that's physically there but not really there. The dad has to have such an influence on his son that it doesn't matter what kind of brainwashing goes on at school, he knows what kind of man he has to become. And God has everything to do with this. If He's pushed out, the vacuum is there.
It boils down to this
"dutifully he turned it in"-- Yes, I think He'll not do that again. And the whole searching of the backpack also. What made them think they had to do that? Oh, right, a boy "so he MUST be guilty of something"
He turned out to be a great kid at any rate
Just came from our school's Education Week (well, its now 3 days, since all the school shootings - security and restricting access, I was told...), and I have to say, it has changed A LOT since my daughter was in the 2nd Grade.
The poor kids have to sit in their chairs, unmoving, trying to pay attention to the rote the teacher, her meta-aide, and the classroom asst. (both non-teachers patrol the room, looking for quote - non-classroom behavour - end-quote) present the lesson, poll the students for knowledge, and fill the time allowed. Happened for all subjects. What gets me is, how much de-fanging of little boys has gone on - no doodling, pencil drumsticking, ect - its met by the assistants with stern scolding of non-classroom behavour.
Even in Reading, its not what you read, but constant "what did the author mean by this?" or "what did the author feel when he wrote this?". I fought the urge to say "Well, when am I gonna be paid for this Sh!T?" I though reading was for knowlege and conceptional in the mind and not an emotion harvest?
Recess was a total joy - since several students have fallen on the jungle-jim (oh, its not that any more - its the recreation device - and Monkey Bars is out too...), cannot use it because its 'dangerous'. New play-thingy, paid over 30K for it, sits idle since one girl fell, broke her arm, and several boys lost their grips, and skinned their forearms.
And forget table hockey or footbal in the lunch room - you eat, then sit there to be released back to class.
No wonder my son doesn't like school - its about as fun as a prisoner of war camp...
How can you expect 22 yr old girls who have no self discipline and who are constantly reminded that children are disposable to be able to deal with any challenging classroom behavior? You have to remember that these girls are asked to take entire classes whose focus is only on decorating the classroom. Ed majors are the academic dregs of the student body at our local university. [I know this first hand as many of them attempted to pass my 100 level course in linguistics.]