Saturday, April 21, 2012

Stuff About School

All of us have schooling. Some of us public, some private, some home schooling. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages. But because of points I've heard over the last month or so, I'd like to clarify a few things.

First: I work as a Special Education aide, and I can promise you that the kids I work with are going to make something of themselves someday. Just because they're a little different than you does not make them hopeless or stupid. I still can't believe that people can say that kind of stuff to my face. I mean, really? I know it takes a certain kind of patience to help them, but... saying they're never going to amount to anything just because they're in Special Ed... tell that to the amazing engineers whose minds fall on the Autism spectrum. It is really tough, being a teacher, but it's so worth it.

Second: Most teachers are teachers because they love it--there are plenty of higher-paying jobs out there. All of the teachers that I see and speak with on a regular basis love the children they work with, and want them to succeed as much as their parents do. We are all ashamed and horrified when we hear about a teacher hitting a child or writing 'stupid' on their forehead. I can name so many good teachers who have had a major positive influence on my life--amazing, inspiring people like my AP English teacher.

Third: I went to public school. Yeah, it has its flaws, and there are rare circumstances where horrible things happen. Bullying can be a problem. My own brother had to deal with it physically, and I had to deal with it emotionally. But it's not as bad as it sounds. Most of us come out unscathed, even us bullied ones. Not everyone in the world of high school is as dramatic as they portray on TV. In fact, the normal stereotypes about jocks and cheerleaders were pretty much nonexistent at my school, and nerds and art/music/drama students were really supported, not torn down. :)

-Tsira

PS. I want to hear your stories and thoughts, too. Similar to mine? Or maybe you'd like to speak about homeschooling or private school? (Honestly, I'd love hearing about those experiences, since I haven't ever been a part of either of them.) But please, speak from experience--don't just feed me news articles. Thanks.

10 comments:

  1. Hi Rachel!
    I'm a former public school math and English teacher who first sent her kids to a private, Christian school, then when I got laid off and we couldn't afford it (February) I home-schooled them the rest of that year and all of the next. Then we were all ready to kill each other, and now they're in public school. The only advice I'd give is to follow where you feel led to have your kids. it's your family, your decision. Please don't preach at me that I don't love my kids enough since they're not home-schooled. I'm just doing what I feel is right for my kids.
    Tina @ Life is Good
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    1. Wow, sounds like quite the experience. I don't think I could home-school, either. I've just heard a lot of trash-talk about public schools lately. But hey, I survived in one piece, and learned a lot. It's all just about where the kids and the parents feel that they need to go. There's no right or wrong answer, I think.

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  2. New follower here.

    I attended public schools in the 50s and 60s. I don't think we had as much crap to deal with back then and I feel like I got a decent education. My daughters also attended public schools and they seemed to have survive okay. My wife is a kindergarten teacher in a public school. She has a passion for teaching the little kids, but she says that behavioral problems and state educational standards make teaching difficult and I know she gets pretty stressed out by it. Too bad they don't give teachers a freer rein like when I was in school all groups of students can't be taught by the same standards.


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    1. Yeah, the biggest issue for me is the testing. Teaching to pass the CRTs and stuff really limits what teachers can teach and how. I see why it's done, but... I wish there was some other way. A lot of smart kids just aren't good at those tests. You're exactly right; all students can't be taught by the same standards. But we have gone a long way. Our reading program, for instance, incorporates lots of different methods for retaining info and making the kids comfortable with their own skill level.

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  3. Oh the stories I could tell you (about school, bullying, and whatnot), but I've turned out all right. Plus I have great resource fodder for future writings. In short, be respectful. Karma has its way of paying its due. :)

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    1. Sounds like you must have some great material in those experiences. :) Karma, yes, I could share a few stories about that as well.

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  4. thank you, thank you, thank you!
    i teach high school math, went to public, subbed special needs
    i relate and appreciate all you said and all you do!!

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    1. :D You're welcome. Teaching is a tough job, so thank you, too.

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  5. I was homeschooled. I thought it was pretty good - I skipped 3 or 4 grades, had free time, read a lot, played with the neighbor kids and my friends at church. Now I'm doing the CollegePlus program in order to finish my bachelors degree by the time I officially graduate high school. I had pretty much a tailor made education, and I enjoyed it. :)

    I do like hearing about other's experiences with different kinds of schooling. I read stuff bashing public schools and take it with a grain of salt because I never actually went there. It's nice to hear from people who've actually experienced it. :)

    Great post, Rachel!

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    1. Thank you. I have sometimes wished to be homeschooled for that very reason--having a tailored education that suited my needs would have been great. I'm a little jealous. :P

      But I also know that I had great teachers who taught me things that my parents never could have. They're great at lots of things, don't get me wrong. They just weren't suited to the kind of teaching that I needed most.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)

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