Is this what future teachers are like?

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Is this what future teachers are like?
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Wed, 06-02-2010 - 10:45am

We have a student teacher in the building that is studying for the Praxis exam. He wants to be an English teacher. He was looking for a book to read that he needs to know for the Praxis. Today he told me that : A. He didn't have a library card. B. Libraries are
obsolete. This is also the same person who told me last month "I forgot,which one is fiction and which one is non-fiction."

Is this what future English teachers are like now?! I told him that
libraries are not obsolete. You need a book and you don't have it. You can get it for free at your library. How are they obsolete?

It's just scary!




Edited 6/2/2010 5:40 pm ET by guili12737

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Wed, 06-02-2010 - 2:52pm

Yes! Welcome to my world. That's exactly what many of them are like.

Sherry

 

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Wed, 06-02-2010 - 6:31pm

Just sitting here after a long day of dealing with special ed students who, well I won't finish the sentence cause the special ed police will get me...


But I just had a thought, POOP makes a garden grow. How come its not the same for people??? LOL.


These new fangled "teachers" are full of crap, the parents are full of crap and they are filling our children full of crap and dinosaurs like us, who CAN ACTUALLY READ FOR CONTEXT AND COMPREHENSION AND NOT JUST DECODE LETTERS, are being told we don't have what it takes anymore.


Like Sherry said, welcome to my world. I am saddened by this but unfortunately not shocked.


GT39

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Thu, 06-03-2010 - 7:45pm

It sounds like he's a representative of the generation of students educated by standardized tests, scantrons, and Google...

I've outlawed Wikipedia from my research projects because I strongly believe that libraries are NOT obsolete, and the answer is on those stacks.

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Fri, 06-04-2010 - 11:15am

Can you hear my siren going off full blast????? LOL. Don't worry, I'm in the trenches everyday, I'm sure whatever you were going to say has crossed my mind a few times.....even if it isn't "best practice" :)


Hope tomorrow is a better day for you.....bring candy....it's amazing what kids will do for a single Tootsie Roll :)


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Fri, 06-04-2010 - 12:15pm

I can tell you this much: up here in Canada, we have people teaching music who can't read it.

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Sat, 06-12-2010 - 8:07pm

I don't post often, but I read what is posted. This time I felt compelled to respond. I am a young teacher, got my first classroom teaching job at 21 and I certainly do not fall into the category of the young/future teachers you are describing. I use the library often for myself and encourage my students to get library cards. I have shown them my card and often bring in materials for class from the library. I took a college course of technology because I wanted to know more about integrating it in my classroom and we did a similar website assignment. It opened my eyes to truly research the site before presenting it to students as legit.

I know that I should not take any of this personally, but I have been lumped in with so many teachers as you are describing, that I want you to know we are not all like that. That being said there are many poor quality teachers out there new and veteran and I want to assure you all that some of us are of good quality.

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Sat, 06-12-2010 - 8:49pm

Please don't take our comments personally. I work with education majors every day. In no way are they all lazy and incompetent. However, the majority of them are. It makes me sad and angry.


I see

Sherry

 

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Sun, 06-13-2010 - 8:55am

Sherry, I had an ephiphany!! You should be a motivational speaker. Seriously, I almost jumped out my skin when I just read that post. You spoke so eloquently to the heart of why I cant teach anymore and plan to officially walk away within the next two years.


Its not just the students and adults who make it unbearable, its having to let the GOOD students fall by the wayside. They are ignored and receive far less attention because, oh they're smart they'll be okay. Believe me that's the story of my life and I just can't watch it anymore.


Seriously, find a way to get that message out. And when you do, I'll be on the front row.


GT39

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