An interesting read (short)

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An interesting read (short)
Thu, 05-01-2003 - 5:53am

No Tooth Left Unfilled

Each dentist will get a rating of Excellent, Good, Fair, or Poor (just like a used textbook!) based on the average number of cavities in the teeth of their clientele at ages 6, 12, 24, and 36.

"Outrageous!" the dentist shouts when he hears of this plan. "Do you mean to tell me that if I serve a poorer population that doesn't get the same preventative care as a wealthier group, I'm going to be labeled as only Fair or maybe even Poor?"

"Yes," says the administrator of Leave No Tooth Unfilled, "and if you're labeled Poor, we'll take some of your equipment away from you."

"That's a big help," replies the dentist.

"Oh, don't worry. If you're labeled Poor, we'll help you. We'll send a dentist who's rated Excellent to show you what to do."

"But the biggest reason that person will have been labeled Excellent is because he's got patients who for some reason have fewer cavities. It has nothing to do with how well I treat the situations I find. In fact, if this Excellent dentist works in an area where people are wealthier, have fluoridation, preventative care, he might never have seen a case like one of mine in a poorer area."

"You're just making excuses and stonewalling."

"Are you crazy? To evaluate a dentist's work, you have to take into consideration what kinds of cases he or she encounters, to observe their technique and manner, to evaluate the long-term results of the care they give their patients, and by the way you have to be a pretty experienced dentist yourself."

"Good luck. No Tooth Left Unfilled is already the law, and that's the way it's going to be."

"That's outrageous. How many dentists were involved in actually creating this law?"

Good question. Very good question.

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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 10:02pm
Thank you so much for posting this--I desperately needed a good laugh!!! (I'm going to copy this and put it in our faculty lounge).

Just came over from another board where people are grousing about how "wasteful" public schools are of our tax $$! Sheesh! I guess to outsiders who don't understand what goes into teaching, it must seem like we sit on our duffs all day. One person was even saying there ought to be a way to monitor what we do all day, to make sure we're not wasting time! I have to laugh, when I think of all the times I've had to *hold it* for *hours*, because I just didn't have coverage/time to run to the bathroom! If those monitors continued when we all went home and spent the evening (sometimes well into the night) on school-related stuff, they'd have to double all our salaries!

Sometimes I get so frustrated, because people just don't get it. The government doesn't help, what with all this carrot/stick stuff to "hold teachers' feet to the fire" and about how they're going to "force" teachers to measure up. Jeez! If they only knew! (Actually, as far as the govt is concerned, I think they *do* know, and they're only too glad to perpetuate the myth and blame everything on the teachers.)

I don't even mind (much) that we don't get paid that well, that we buy so many school supplies out-of-pocket, etc. What really irks me is when the children suffer as a result of bone-headed mandates that waste time and kill children's love of learning, unrealistic expectations for test scores that give my students stress-bellyaches, and to top it off, budget cuts that increase class size just when they're raising the bar for performance! Do they *hate* kids, or do they just love throwing their weight around and *not care* what happens to the children?

I know, I know...I'm preaching to the choir.

Thanks for letting me rant.

Best, Kindredyogi

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Fri, 05-23-2003 - 6:30pm
oh this is good. I copied and pasted so I can forward, forward, forward this to all the other teachers in my school. Thanks!
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Fri, 05-30-2003 - 10:26pm
No problem! Love that handle! lol Reminds me of a song... "Did I shave my legs for this?"