Let's back up a minute. A lot of the problem is not the teachers. A lot
is parents that think the teachers are baby sitters and surrogate parents.
Many don't teach their kids manners. Many don't demand grades from their
kids. There was a woman on TV who was doing her kids homework so that
the kid could socialize more...
The other part of the problem with schools is the curiculum has been
forced to be fair for everyone. Teach everything that doesn't pertain to
the 3 Rs... The priorities should be what they were long ago.. Reading,
Writting and Arithmetic.. And Sciences, computers, and social studies..
You can blame that on the stupid legislators... Most of whom probably
did poorly in school. Add many stupid requirements in and you have a
curriculum that can't focus enough of what it should..
Then add stupid admins who are looking for big pay days and ... well
theses people are clueless for the most part.
On Sun, 22 Jul 2012 18:28:25 -0400, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
Some barely deserve that. Most teachers get a decent wage today. I
was looking at the pays of teachers in Worcester MA just last week.
They ranged from mid 50s to mid 80s in real salary even though
starting scales are less.
Like many professions, some are terrific, others much less so. Hard
to get rid of the bad ones though.
That varies immensely from institution to institution. Many offer very
modest benefits. Unfortunately, the trend (for years now) is to hire
adjunct professors instead of tenured faculty and provide them with very
low pay and low benefits. Having no other responsibilities, they do a
LOT of teaching. Unfortunately, that is a very popular business model.
At least, it's not hard to "get rid of the bad ones".
You made 3 claims. I'm willing to concede the last one. Do you have data
to support your first two: (1) that all colleges give great benefits,
and (2) adjuncts are probably better teachers? Or are those just your
In order to be at peace with the current cultural state of affairs, you
have to finally accept that the simpleton majority deserve exactly what
they bring upon themselves.
Who are they, you say?
Simply chose to spend a few minutes driving any urban freeway in the
country ... you cant' miss them ... just consider yourself lucky if the
Every time I see "This Old House" on PBS, with the idiotic "elbow
grease" commercial at the beginning, that point is driven home ...
I was trying to remember what the 'elbow grease' reference was about
and then remember that idiotic part where the truck is backing up with
the barrows of elbow grease in it.
For the life of me, I just can't see how anybody could sign off on a
commercial like that.
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