Telling it like it is

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Telling it like it is
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Wed, 02-16-2011 - 7:39pm

If there were blogs when you were in middle school and high school would the teachers have said the same thing about our generation?

A Philly teacher wrote about her students being

'rude, disengaged, lazy whiners'

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Wed, 02-16-2011 - 11:41pm

By the time my kids were able to write complete sentences, I told them--if you do NOT want something to be known by the ENTIRE WORLD, do NOT write it down.

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Registered: 10-16-1999
Thu, 02-17-2011 - 7:10am

I totally agree with what you said sabrtooth... bottom line is, don't bite the hand that feeds you, and don't put anything out there that you wouldn't want the whole world to read.

We have a total mess in Wisconsin this week in which the governor is working to pretty much break the public workers unions... including teachers unions... supposedly to fix our enormous budget deficit.

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Registered: 03-14-1999
Thu, 02-17-2011 - 8:17am

Exactly what I was thinking!

Kathy
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Thu, 02-17-2011 - 8:18am

Yes- I've been reading/watching on TV the show-down in Wisconsin, I hope the Gov is able to break the Unions and doesn't give in to their "scare" tatics. I bet if all the Union contracts went away the world as we know it would not end!

Kathy
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Thu, 02-17-2011 - 8:49am

Hi Sam,

I think "teacher/student interactions have been the same for years... Don't you think Anne Sullivan (Helen Keller's teacher) would probably agree?

Do you believe school is a place to be taught or is it a place to learn?

I see education as something we have to DO... it is not something done to us.

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Registered: 08-06-2009
Thu, 02-17-2011 - 9:17am

Hi Rose,

Really What is going on in Wisconsin?

I live in a right to work state too.. good thing the teacher was not blogging about a lving wage or benefit.

Only in our (no) right to work states is it soo much a don't bite the hand that feeds us.

Those of us employed "at will" can be fired without more than a we no longer need you reason as long as we aren't targeted for our race, age, gender..

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Registered: 01-05-2005
Thu, 02-17-2011 - 9:26am

Do you think she should be able to write about her job in a blog? Do you think she should be losing her job

I don't know enough about the details to know, but I'd worry about the intelligence of anyone dumb enough to post things like that on ANY internet site, regardless of how "private" she thought it was. I expect my children's teachers to keep reminding them that anything they write on the internet is NOT private.

Did she violate unwritten teacher-student ethics?

Not sure if ethics is the right word, but the lack of respect bothers me. I get that she was venting, and I completely understand that teaching is hard (I filled in as a substitute for a few months at my daughters' first elementary school in Boston, and boy, it was way tougher than I realized), but, all that said - she sounds like she hates her job and her students. I have had two high school students and guess what? They're not rude, disengaged, lazy whiners. I know MANY teenagers who work hard, volunteer, get

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Thu, 02-17-2011 - 4:48pm

This young woman shows a total lack of professionalism

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Thu, 02-17-2011 - 9:16pm

Couple things here...

First, I have a teacher in my family, who shares her feelings and frustrations with us, but would NEVER have done what that teacher did.

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Fri, 02-18-2011 - 10:16am

For a stark reminder of WHY unions began in the first place, and what happens when they are disenfranchized, read the REAL story of Karen Silkwood

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