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Paperwork Wins

Saturday, March 09, 2013

I know some of you think regulations are good, but they weigh so heavily in my job that it is effectively taking teachers away from what they are trained to do and that is to T-E-A-C-H! I know I am not a very good public/government employee because I think the KIDS are or should be the main feature. The lawyers/politicians have effectively made it easy for parents to sue, whether the child is being educated or not. Leave it to the government to try and ruin the best and most rewarding job of a lifetime. I became a teacher to teach, but they want me to be a paper-pusher and let a para without any training, sometimes a GED, do the teaching. Oh, how sad to keep us from using our gifts.

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CHAQUITA73 3/17/2013 8:48PM

    I'm not a teacher but a parent of a 4yo and 20mo. Just registered the 4yo for Kindergarten the other day.

My husband and I are so nervous about what our kids will NOT be taught in school. The focus seems to be too much state test driven. Sorry, but standardized tests do not teach you how to actually think for yourself (or ethics/morals, but that is a parent's job) or understand why things are the way they are.

What if our kids are smart but poor test takers? Will they be shunned so they don't slow down the rest of the class?

We live in an "excellent" rated district that churns out many college bound kids each year according to our local paper but we don't know any of the older kids and updates on HS grads are nowhere to be found. So, we have no way to know if the reports we read are biased.

Personally, I know my limits and there's no way I have the patience to be a teacher to kids of any age. God bless those of you who are!

We don't have the money for private school (not that it's a guarantee to be better) and neither my husband nor I believe we would do our kids justice by home schooling them.

I guess I say all of this because although I am not a teacher, I do understand what you are saying, and I hope you find a happy solution!

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OOLALA53 3/17/2013 8:18PM

    I'm tired of teaching for that and other reasons. I wish I could just drop the concerns when I'm not there. But it's a compelling job. I hope I can still do something else after I retire.

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BUSYGRANNY5 3/9/2013 8:16AM

    As a teacher, I so, so agree with you! It saddens and angers me to hear so many great educators say they can't teach specific lessons/theme/ etc.. because they aren't on the "test" or they don't have time because of all the rhetoric that is being passed down from above... Eucation should be about what's BEST for our KIDS, not how to master a specific item on a test, that was written by people who think they know what OUR kids need, yet haven't been inside a public school classroom since they were a student! Personally, I WILL continue to teach and reach the students who are in MY care without fear of the dreaded TEST, if at some point I am told I must STOP my style of teaching and putting the kdis and their needs first, I will be forced to resign!!!

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RIDLEYRIDER 3/9/2013 8:16AM

  Retired teacher fed up for the same reasons. It became less about the kids and more about the system. Too bad. Too many changes, and not for the better. Hang in there.

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SPED67 3/9/2013 7:49AM

    I too left my beloved profession, teaching, pretty much for the same reason. I did not believe that teaching to the test was more important than teaching special ed students functional skills. I miss the kids, but I do not miss NCLB

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ANNIE1705 3/9/2013 7:39AM

    Left teaching several years ago for the same reasons - red tape and paper work...set up my own business and doing well, still miss the children but I can't follow something I don't believe in and one person alone cannot change the education system.....believe me, I tried and got in a lot of trouble for it!
Chin up, you have strength where I did not! Make a difference to one child and it will change their life forever and I truly believe that!

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