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Re: Something I heard a teacher say on TV

Depending where and the circumstances, between morning care and after care some children spend more time with their teachers than their own parents.  I know that now a days both parents need to work to make ends meet.

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Re: Something I heard a teacher say on TV

Teachers are expected to babysit, counsel, nurture, correct, and teach these days.  Too many kids don't have parents who parent.  They are more interested in being friends than parent.  The teacher is likely saying parents need to step up rather than leave the molding of character to her.   

 

This is a huge issue for teachers.  How do they teach when they have to be everything to students?  

 

Are kids going to learn when they just got screamed at or hit?  Will kids learn when they know they'll go home to drug addled parent/s?   Will kids learn when they are hungry?  Will kids learn when they worry about where their next shelter will be?  Will kids learn when they know their clothes are dirty or they want a shower?  Will kids learn when they are craving a parent's love and attention?   

 

 

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Should those be her actual words, it just shows that, like all professions, not everyone is working in a field they should be in.

 

I know a lot of teachers, and many really aren't what I'd want my child to have to spend a year with. That said, he had some great teachers over the years that I owe a huge debt to. 

 

It's like everything else when parenting, be aware, pay attention and stay involved so you know when this is what your child is faced with daily.


 

I too had some great teachers in elementary school. Unfortunately, I went to a huge, grossly overcrowded inner city high school. Our seats were so close together if we moved our legs would be rubbing against the next student. Too many kids for the teachers to even know our names.I had one or two really exceptional teachers in high school who gave me extra attention because I was an honors student, but the majority of the kids were basically ignored. We went into a class , got lectured to for an hour and left. It was mind numbing dull.Not really the teachers fault but just the circumstance that there were too many kids and too little money, the city could not afford to build new schools. Teachers had little influence over us. Because I was one of the few in college prep - they did not encourage college prep in those days where I lived  because most families could not afford to send kids to college - at least I did not have classes with the kids whose low inelligence and/or emotional issues disrupted every class every day.My brothers would sit at the dinner table telling what  so & so did in class today , and our poor parents would be giving each other the look.

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She said it is her job to recognize a child's potential then to mold and shape them to become what she wants them to be. HUH? isn't it her job to EDUCATE them - and the family - specfically their parents - job to mold & shape?


Nowadays, there is little time to "EDUCATE" children in the classroom . As others have said, too many parents have little time to pay attention to their own children, leaving parental responsibilities to the teacher.

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I was in a college prep course. I got pushed into Algebra, even though I hated math

 

I have never needed to use Algebra one single time in my life, and I am 71.

 

LOL.  Reminds me of a FB post that read, Another day in my life where I didn't use Algebra.


 

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I suspect she was just puffing herself up because she was on tv.  Sorry, but that is a parent's job.  Her job is to educate and to spot potential problems that might negatively affect a child's ability to learn but "molding and shaping" a child is most definitely NOT a teacher's role.  I think that might be the perception in some public schools and that's why some parents choose to homeschool and others choose to send their children to private schools.  

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Re: Something I heard a teacher say on TV

Since we have no way of knowing what the full context of what ever this was there is no way I am going to malign the Teacher. 

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She said it is her job to recognize a child's potential then to mold and shape them to become what she wants them to be. HUH? isn't it her job to EDUCATE them - and the family - specfically their parents - job to mold & shape?


Nowadays, there is little time to "EDUCATE" children in the classroom . As others have said, too many parents have little time to pay attention to their own children, leaving parental responsibilities to the teacher.


 

Ifr there is "no time to educate children in the classroom" then why are the children there?

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Re: Something I heard a teacher say on TV

'Around here', for years and years, I've noticed that sometimes (underline 'sometimes') some parents are focused on only one thing:  dare I say sports.  Unless a child is a truely great athlete, children should be more 'balanced'.  Which should include being educated.  The kids around here who weren't totally sports minded ended up exceptionally successful in their careers. 

 

Not all parents are 'into education' for their kids.  That being said, thank you, teachers. Heart   

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I have to wonder if this isn't a result of so many decades of the gov't telling us they can raise our children better than we can.  You know, the old "it takes a village" when they really mean it takes..... well, more than our village.