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.
That's like teaching Spanish here in NH. The second most-spoken language here is French. (We do border Quebec and a lot of Quebecois vacation here in New Hampshire.) Spanish isn't even the third or fourth most spoken language here, but just about every school teaches it.
Yes, I know it is non sequitur, but I've just recently had this very discussion at out local school district meeting when one of our townsfolk was dismayed that they were adding French to the curriculum when "everyone knows Spanish would be more important to learn." Our school system already teaches Spanish. One parent insisted that our school system teach Mandarin as it's "the most spoken language on Earth". I countered with "Maybe we should teach English because it is the most widely spoken language across the planet. Mandarin may be the most spoken, but that's primarily in China with a population of 1.2 billion people. Not as nearly as many Mandarin speakers elsewhere in the world as compared to English speakers."
"Bad teaching is a common explanation given for the disastrously inadequate public education received by America’s most vulnerable populations. This is a myth. Aside from a few lemons who were notable for their rarity, the majority of teachers I worked with for nine years in New York City’s public school system were dedicated, talented professionals. Before joining the system I was mystified by the schools’ abysmal results. I too assumed there must be something wrong with the teaching. This could not have been farther from the truth."
HOW many schools has she been in? Ah; three. It appears the problem is with students, their lack of parental guidance, and school administration.
Sometimes, it is the French teacher. My daughter slogged through 3 years of bad teaching from a Peace Corps Afrophilic Boogaboo dance queen who refused to teach anything pertaining to France and subjected all her hostages to endless videos of her trips to Hell for dance exchanges. Which makes me grateful for those social Juicebox Warriors who go out of their way to stop cultural appropriation. Too bad they weren't around to prevent my daughter's maleducational mindrape.
I read this and I believe her failure was a result of her idealism confronted by reality. She couldn't relate to those kids. She didn't have any common experiences with them. I don't think she liked them. Plus, she denigrated the English teacher's choice of novel (thinly disguised -- it was Precious) and she insulted the main character by saying she was fat. Seriously? This is how you judge the merit of a novel? The best thing she could have done was quit. She wanted to teach those kids what she knows and that's not what good teachers do. It's not your own talk show. Instead, you have to give the kids something to talk about, write about, read about. No matter how terrible and disaffected a kid's life is, one thing they all have in common is they want the teacher to like them. They want to be listened to. Teachers like her never last. They find an excuse (he threatened to cut me). Yes we know. We've all been threatened, berated, shoved, stabbed, robbed, and told off by all kinds of kids. But not every day.