Friday, December 14, 2012

15-year veteran elementary teacher says "I quit"


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Anonymous said...

Bravo. Isn't it time we all examine what we can do in our own circumstances to say "NO, NO, NO!" to that which is obviously, and simply, wrong?

Anonymous said...

The the school board says, "FUCK!"


Hats off to this wonderful man.

Can you imagine what would happen if at least 75% of all teachers in schools today put together a strike?

Anonymous said...

My friend, a wonderfully creative teacher, was sent by his superiors to a psychiatrist who told him, "my couch is full every day with creative teachers like you who are crumbling under the system". Is our education system part of some greater plan to create citizens who cannot think outside of the box, and therefore will not question authority, the government etc etc?

Anonymous said...

I find it interesting that Finland, which has the world's number 1 public education system, believes that students need MORE recess time, get extra help if they are struggling, have no tests of any kind until they are into their mid-teens and have no homework. Teachers teach only 4 hours a day and have only guidelines to follow. They are free to improvise and be creative.

I think the teacher in the video would make a terrific Finnish teacher and be happy teaching there. America is training robots to work and follow orders; not think.

Anonymous said...

Think of PINK FLOYD !........

Anonymous said...

First five comments, right on the money.

Tomm said...

Thank you for sharing this video. Public schools are crumbling due to lack of funding. State coffers are drying up because tax revenues are down sharply because many businesses and jobs continue to be exported overseas. Cost of government has gone up thanks to idiotic "tough-on-crime" legislation that puts more dollars into the prison system instead of education. The trillion dollar wars have wrecked havoc on the nation's infrastructure of which education is a big part and to which our society's future prospects have been plundered. We must end the wars, jail the war criminals and financial felons, jump start a green infrastructure economy, end the FED and start using real money, and put education back to the top of the list of priorities.

Anonymous said...

That is why I left the USA in 1995 and taught in other countries.

Anonymous said...

John D. Rockefeller Sr. said in 1906: "In our dreams, people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present education conventions of intellectual and character education fade from their minds, and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk.
We shall not try to make these people, or any of their children, into philosophers, or men of science. We have not to raise up from them authors, educators, poets or men of letters. We shall not search for great artists, painters, musicians nor lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen -- of whom we have an ample supply.
The task is simple. We will organize children and teach them in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way."

I'd say they're well on their way toward that goal....

Anonymous said...

This teacher deserves a spot in a High Place for his courage. If education were left to people such as he, I would feel fine. But I don't feel fine. Neither does he. I'm sure he'd rather not have to receive these praises.

The same year my kid was about to enter Kindergarten, after hearing him speak, I read John Taylor Gatto's "The Underground History of American Education" and confirmed most of my acquired suspicions of the deliberate, slow and stealthy decent of the human condition. The worst kinds of afflictions are embedded into what is supposed
to be a fantastic time of growth and cruelly stunts it. That quote from Rockefeller is the umbral shadow statement of the haters of humanity; mounting the evidence against them for these crimes.

The timing could not have been more perfect. But it was too late. Saying I wish I knew then what I know now won't do any good, but I'm gonna say it anyway. I tried hard to pry open the eyes sealed shut on this issue when my kid was entered into the system, to his other parent, who refuses to see what is happening and for what it is, a system designed to grind down the spirit and crush excellence, to family members some of whom were sympathetic, others not, but not quite sure what I was getting so worked up about: 'Don't you want what's best for your kid?' To fighting the school system itself for it's sycophantic greed and self-aggrandizement, infused with an ignorant well-meaninglessness and losing against all these forces. For now and for how long?

The only way for me to fight the feeling of drowning is to try and see some good in it wherever I can and treat my child like a sensible, intelligent and thoughtful person that I'll tell anything that I would want to know myself and give him an education in the spaces between his "education" and pray and pray and pray; I've begun to realize that my power to influence rests in the relationship I have with my child, but, into which the statists have already driven the wedge. Removing it depends on only two people if no one else can see what caused the wound. Time will tell.

Anonymous said...

"Can you imagine what would happen if at least 75% of all teachers in schools today put together a strike?"

Future-teacher here, and coming from someone who is around teachers all day, at multiple buildings and higher-learning establishments..

We know.

One of my professors is currently pushing Charlotte Iserbyt's "Deliberate Dumbing Down" as basically the curriculum HARD.

I never really noticed masses of people waking up until about a week ago.. Icke's "shift in human conciousnessness" is starting to make sense.

We are quickly approaching one of the darkest periods of human history, and so many people just laugh at you.

Anonymous said...

I was lucky to have been educated in good schools with teachers who cared enough to put the kids first. I think most teachers are like that, but they are being pinned down by the zombie makers. From the federal governements POV, a dumbed down, socialist society where every one is equally poor is a lot easier to control than a well to do, middle class, highly educated and working the controls of the machine. In one more generation we will become the automatons that Thomas Jefferson warned about.

Here is the quote from TJ:

"If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, and give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; And the sixteen being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live as they do now, on oatmeal and potatos, have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account; But be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains around the necks of our fellow sufferers; And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second, that second for a third, and so on 'til the bulk of society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering...and the forehorse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression." T. Jefferson

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