[OT] documents for the general public need to be generally readable
bsilver at chrononomicon.com
Wed Oct 29 15:43:44 UTC 2008
Cybe R. Wizard wrote:
> Wade Smart <wade at wadesmart.com> said:
>> They now claim as I didn't sign it my son cant go on
>> such and such field trip (which is a required part of his grade). Our
>> lawyer is now involved as they failed him on that.
> More of that (involvement of lawyers) needs to happen. Our public
> schools (in the US) claim to offer each child a free education, then
> restrict how they may achieve that education,. They need to be taken
> to task about it and /forced/ into open standard applications.
Out of curiosity how much experience do you have behind the curtain of
the grand theater called public education?
This thread really needs to die, now, because this isn't a forum for
public education being sucktacular. That in itself can easily fill its
own forum, and I KNOW that more than enough people thinking they know
more than they do will start jumping in without so much as reading the
materials and books on education solutions or what kind of @#!$ teachers
in public education have to deal with.
I'm not saying teachers are wonderful and perfect in the situation, I'm
saying that both sides more often than not are shoving wheelbarrows of
crap and are anxious to dump it on whoever's front step will open the
door to listen.
I can't count the number of times I hear about teachers getting three
months off...some of these dippy doodles want to become teachers BECAUSE
they get three months off...only to be surprised to find out they have
to take college courses in that time. Often out of pocket. Or that
teachers don't do anything outside school...MUST BE NICE! Yeah, until
you get off your ass and teach a course at a college (many allow it in
junior college if you have life experience in a field for a course). Try
getting homework corrected for a class. Then multiply it for a teacher's
classroom of twenty to thirty kids, times at least 3 to 5 classes that
are filled in that subject area. Try it and see how easy that one is.
There's a reason the dropout rate for new teachers in college is
especially high during the student teaching phase, and it's because it's
not a job that's all rainbows and gummy bears.
And no, I'm not a teacher. I'm just tired of every armchair philosopher
having no idea what it's like but always has the answer and a need to
criticize. If you have actually spent time thinking about it and
gathering facts, feel free to impart your opinion. But when little
things like "Act 48" ring no bells when considering issues in (US)
education, you need to sit back and do your research.
And also I'm not talking specifically to Cybe. It's a general rant of my
own. So please don't be offended, Wizard.
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