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pinkyswearx - 31-35 years old

Posted by pinkyswearx
on November 4th, 2012 at 8:41 PM


I teach Geometry. The high school I teach at is in a poor area and all the students lack basic skills. The behavior problems are through the roof. I'm told my classes are the best by the administration. Most of my students love me but it is a living hell trying to teach them to state standards. They talk and don't pay attention. This year the state is going to give me a grade based on the students' test scores. I'm stressed. I was getting students to construct a perpendicular bisector and asked two students what is half of 5. One said "1.5" and the other said ".5". I work so hard. I can't believe I am going to lose my job.

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  1. Posted by An EP User on November 4th, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Sorry to hear that =/

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  2. Anonymous

    Reply by An EP User Dec 22nd, 2014 at 12:48PM

  3. pinkyswearx - 31-35 years old

    Reply by pinkyswearx Nov 4th, 2012 at 8:50PM

    I wish I could cast a magic spell on them.

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  4. MyNameIsHurl - 31-35 years old - female

    Reply by MyNameIsHurl Nov 4th, 2012 at 8:52PM

    Yeah.....

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  5. SHWA - 36-40 years old - female

    Posted by SHWA on November 4th, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Standards of Learning that have been set by politicians have dummified our kids. It's such a mixed message, from day one. In one breath the kids are told to just be kids and have fun, and the end of the breath is breathing down their necks to be scholars. "Here kiddie kiddie, take this candy, celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday, paste this elbow noodle on the paper, don't do drugs, NO RECESS FOR YOU, YOU LITTLE BRAT! You have to be reading at a 1st Grade level before Christmas in Kindergarten. Aw heck, let's close school because a snowflake fell 20 miles to the west, and ask for more funding... because those computers are 2yrs old! Egads!" And when kids don't do well enough on their standardized tests, they breath down the teachers' necks. To heck with schools. Our kids learn how to be idiots there. My friend is a brilliant middle school English teacher at a new school. She has 20+ years experience. The district has her running all over cyber creation filling out online forms and diagrams and webpages and tests and assessments... she hardly has a chance to teach. And she says the kids are so handicapped educationally that they don't even know how to think. The directions say to circle all the nouns, and the kids freeze up.... "I don't know what to do, Mrs. ****! Please explain it to me!" Schools are so screwed up. And these kids are the ones who are going to run our country in 20 years. SCARY!

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  6. Anonymous

    Reply by An EP User Dec 22nd, 2014 at 12:48PM

  7. pinkyswearx - 31-35 years old

    Reply by pinkyswearx Nov 4th, 2012 at 9:16PM

    Good god, you hit the nail on the head! My school wants to give me nothing but tested classes because I've worked so hard and had just a little more progress than the other math teachers. More stress, more work. It is my reward for working so hard. I told the principal if he changes my schedule for next semester, I'm walking out the door. Something I should do, anyway. But, I love teaching math. The state is making me hate it.

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  8. SHWA - 36-40 years old - female

    Reply by SHWA Nov 4th, 2012 at 10:15PM

    Intelligent teachers should unite and start a private school. Too bad you're not in Virginia.

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