Exactly. I work my butt off to be a good, effective, caring teacher, yet I get paid the same amount as a teacher with the same experience who is lazy, ineffective, uncaring, and totally mooching off the system. How is that a good thing for students?
The problem is not how much is spent, but how it is spent. I was actually looking forward to the budget cuts this year b/c I thought it would force the schools to spend their money more wisely, not so. All of these examples come from the school that my children go to, one of 24 schools in our district, which is one of the smaller districts of the 120+ districts in NC. They bought three class sets of Ipads last year, but they are not configured to work with the schools technology, their solution is that they are now buying 3 new calss sets of Ipads to replace
them. They have over 30 brand new computers that have never been out of the box, they already have 3 computer labs, and several computers in each room, so they don't have anywhere to put them. They are going to be replacing all of these computers with Macbooks. Each classroom has a smart board, most teachers don't use it for more than a few hours per week, many don't use it at all, but rather than share between rooms, each classroom has one, my kids tell me about how they enjoy playing on it, they don't know that it is for education, b/c none of their teachers have used it for anything more than a 15,000 dollar toy. a few years ago they had promethian boards (same thing as smart boards, but a different brand), they had 26 of them. The district passed a policy that said all schools had to have smart boards, so 6 months after they purchased these, they threw them out and bought they threw them out and bought 2
smart boards. But yet, my children's teachers are spending their own money to buy paper, school supplies, kleenex, etc. They are required to send out letters to each parent before the year starts, but the district "can't" pay for postage stamps for them. We need to cut the political bullcrap, and get back to educating our students again.
November 5, 2013 at 8:08pm
So you’re saying because I got up and went to work and taught my students yesterday, I was actually participating in a “walk-in” and therefore involving my students in a protest I could care less about? (By the way, I am NOT a member of NCAE. I loathe all they stand for.)
Gee, thanks. Who knew I was such an evil teacher? /sarcasm
April 8, 2013 at 8:45pm
And this is exactly why I am getting out of education. I have zero desire to raise other people’s children. If that’s what being a teacher means now (and yes, I believe we’re at that point), then I’m finding my way back into the private sector.
March 18, 2013 at 8:37pm
I agree that teachers feel like data drones. I do. The big push this school year is “data”: data to determine how students have mastered a skill, data to determine how quickly students catch on to something, data to determine how effectively I have facilitated yes, facilitated – not taught) a skill, etc. Not to mention, the End of Course and “Common Exam” tests required as part of the Race to the Top money my state was granted by the federal government. I don’t have time for anything else, because I have to collect, analyze the data, and then determine what I must do to amend activities to ensure students “get it”.
I didn’t sign on to this when I started teaching.
March 18, 2013 at 8:28pm
Plus, there’s a big difference between real world education, and dumbed down education. Common Core doesn’t provide a solid learning foundation in reading and mathematics, so learning “real world” stuff in high school doesn’t matter because the students don’t have the fundamentals.
March 18, 2013 at 8:18pm
No, the data collection is designed to track students from kindergarten through high school graduation. I should know: I teach Common Core ELA.
March 16, 2013 at 11:40pm
The fact that Newt believes Jeb Bush is part of the future of the GOP fills me with strong dislike for him. Never been a Newt fan, and his comments at CPAC don’t fill me with any warm fuzzies.
He’s part of the GOP Establishment. Stop listening to him!
@TheFederalist – North Carolina. We just got rid of “Ma” Bev Perdue.
March 15, 2013 at 7:18pm
You can’t leave it out, though, not when the state and local school systems have in place standards of evaluation that requires teachers to produce proof that they’re teaching according to the standards.
 March 15, 2013 at 7:17pm
Is the ‘Common Core’ Initiative Dumbing Down America’s Students?
YES. I’ve seen what “discovery learning” has done to students in math. Kids I teach today at the high school level have a hard time thinking out higher order mathematical problems. If the discovery is inherently wrong, how can a teacher correct what the student has wrongly discovered? It takes twice as long to undo what has been incorrectly learned. If the focus is on “mastery”, how can a student master anything without a teacher first showing them steps to help them towards mastery?
I have the same issues with the English Language Arts curriculum. Giving up good quality literature for 50% of my class, to teach “informational text”. No, it’s not the phonebook, but when my wealth of info comes from the AP, I know I’m being forced to teach principles I believe are wrong. With little to no emphasis on longer reading & writing pieces, and hardly any grammar at the high school level, I fear I’m teaching kids to keep their attention spans as short as possible. How can you write a multi-page essay if you don’t have the stamina for it? How can I teach them to vary sentence structure when they don’t know what good sentence structure looks like? Informational text doesn’t have that; literature does!
I’m so frustrated. I wish I could get out of education, but right now I’m stuck.
Kudos, well said. I know you're discouraged, but, we need you on our side, please don't cave, continue to do what you can until we the people get rid of the Education Department, and, return the teaching curriculum to the individual states to decide.
March 15, 2013 at 7:10pm
As someone who lives in a Race to the Top state – and who is teaching for the first time with the CC – I can tell you that we do not have this kind of experience with Common Core. I teach English and am required to teach “informational text” for 50% of my courses. I’ve had to take out a lot of really good quality literature (including some things the students LOVE) in favor of teaching boring articles that have little bearing on student lives.
Not only that, but the writing standards are just as bad. With the focus being on short written responses, students are not going to have much experience with longer essays and research. Plus with little to no emphasis on grammar & spelling at the high school level, I feel like I’m destroying future thinkers.
March 15, 2013 at 7:07pm
This happened to North Carolina, too. This state has turned purple because of all the New Yorkers, Floridian retirees, and other Northeasterners who have moved here because of “the weather” and “the mountains”. Now we’re subjected to their Marxist thinking and it makes me nuts.
March 14, 2013 at 5:05pm
And so he should, as the pope is the head of the Catholic Church, whose believes oppose all these things. Christianity, in general, opposes these things.
March 6, 2013 at 3:00pm
Senator Cruz, you are a brave and honorable man. Keep it up, sir!
The first thought that went through my head after reading this article was, “When’s the other shoe going to drop?” The Stock Market isn’t an accurate sign of the economic climate, and considering that three billionaires are selling massive amounts of stock in American corporations (one being Soros, and we all know why he’s doing this), I wonder if the storm is literally around the corner.
March 5, 2013 at 9:05pm
I was thinking about some of these numbers today, but staring at this list is staggering. It’s the calm before the storm!
March 5, 2013 at 7:08pm
I wonder how long the mainstream media will lament over Chavez’s passing, and how long it’ll take Hollywood to make a movie about his life…
March 4, 2013 at 6:52pm
Yet another reason why America must stop buying Saudi oil and drill here. I can’t believe we support this evil Islamic regime.
I find it odd, he speaks perfect English. Did they say if he finished the phone call with Allahu Akbar, Death to the Infidels?
Their country. Their rules. Stay out of it.
If you can't pay the consequences don't. do the crime.
No I'm sorry..this is true justice...you take something that does not belong to you the punishment is death....I have no problems with this just as I've never stolen something that was not mine...in this case I say the Muslims have it right.
Not only drill, let's approve the Keystone Pipeline, shall we?
Buying Canadian oil would transport the stuff in a steel pipeline. Without the pipeline, the oil has to move south to Texas in rail tank cars. Any risk of a train derailing?
Let's see, we can import from Saudi in tankers that must transit through the Straits of Hormuz and travel as close as you can get to Iran without actually pulling into port or buy from dictators who crucify folks. Gee, I don't know....
In 2011, imports from Saudi Arabia went up by 20%. There can't be any quid pro quo going on here for all those campaign contributions funneled through the MB front groups like CAIR, ISNA and NAIT, is there? Oops! Did I mention that those folks are all "unindicted co-conspirators" in the Holy Land Foundation trial? Does transport by water increase the risk of pollution? Take a guess.
Oh, one last thingee. The railroad that transports the oil until the Keystone Pipeline is built is none other than Burlington Northern. That RR is owned by Warren Buffet. Now, who could have guessed that? Another BFF of the Ayatollah Obama.
"Remember Benghazi and ALL the Traitors!"
Its another sovereign nations business...I don't care and don't want to hear about it...not my business.
No it is the way it is...what did you do when you knew what was going on in the Sudan or further back in Cambodia.....death is part of Democracy and we will soon feel it here in North America...you just need to decide on what edge of the sword you wish to stand.
Relax...our congressmen and judges are starting to use world law and SHARIALAW...and IT's COMING HERE..MuzzieBrudderhoodie!!
I think if we had some of these laws in the states, we could keep some of the moochers, leeches and parasites from robbing so many hard working people to support their habit. We need a couple of public execusions right in the middle of town so everyone can watch.
Allah At Bar go to HELL
March 4, 2013 at 6:40pm
“Spokesperson Ladd Everitt told CNS, ‘I don’t think this is the genuine opinion of African-Americans in this country.’”
Sadly, this is true. How many black Americans voted for Obama in 2012, 93 percent? The large majority of Americans don’t know anything about our history, including African Americans. I bet you, however, that if they knew the truth about the Jim Crow laws and Civil Rights – looking beyond the Malcolm X “I hate all white people and they should die” mentality – then more people would be anti-Obama and pro-Second Rights.
This ad is spot on.
March 4, 2013 at 6:30pm
Dude, you live in California. Very few people who live there have sense, certainly no one in office. My advice? Move.
Unfortunately, most teachers in this country would do what this teacher did. We have been trained to look for any kind of “behavior” that could denote “mental or emotional trauma”. Personally, I don’t see what is the big deal of showing off a pic of a gun…but then, I’m a conservative who believes in the 2nd Amendment.