If I can make a suggestion?As a teacher at a high school, I will make this comment. We have lots of trees in our playgrounds at school. As a parent I believe kids should climb trees because it should be part of every childhood, kids should run around, jump etc etc during recess and lunch breaks. As a teacher, however, there is no way that I am going to let a kid climb a tree while I am on duty because I am not going to get sued and/or lose my job because a kid fell out of a tree. I am legally responsible for what happens when I am on playground duty and parents are going to come at a teacher ready to crucify him or her when their precious one gets hurt. Do not blame teachers...it is teachers who will cop all the trouble when a kid gets hurt. It is parents who have caused all this to come about because they can't handle it when their little darlings get injured, usually through their own stupid actions or accidents. About two weeks ago while I was on duty I had to physically break up a fight between two students, two girls. And let me tell you, if you think girls are easier to break apart than boys, you would be wrong! I was lucky that another teacher saw the fight from a window and ran out to help me, and another teacher came from another direction to assist (both females incidentally). If I had just let them go it would be me who would be in trouble much more so than the kids involved in the fight.
On another point. I am so over parents wanting a label for their kids. Recently I had to fill out a report on one of my students. He is a nice kid, a polite kid, a well behaved kid...he just tends to chat a lot to his mate in class. He is not the sharpest pencil in the box, to put it kindly. The report was for an ADD assessment. He is not ADD, he just isn't and I said so. His parents just don't seem to be able to accept that he is a tad slow academically so they WANT him to have ADD, and if not ADD they will, I guarantee you, find SOMETHING, anything that they can grab on to. I thought that ADD had fallen by the wayside, everyone wants Aspergis now, and it has become quite popular with an increase in diagnosed students. It's like ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder)...a term I refuse to use because the real term is Rude and Disrespectful....that just does not sound as cool as ODD.
Also, no one will ever convince me that kids are as smart or smarter than they used to be. Powerpoints that I made 5 years ago, I find I have to skip several slides because the kids don't understand them now and when I get time, I will have to go through all my Power points and dumb them down. Books we used to use 10 years ago we can't use now because they are too hard for kids now days. Literature has gone so far down. The English faculty have to buy new novels all the time, not only for variety and new resources, but because they need dumbed down novels because novels the students read 10 years ago are too hard now. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were written for kids, 10, 11, 12 years old...those books are now senior texts!
The longer I teach in a state high school, the more I support private education or home schooling. Unfortunately, all four of my grand daughters go to state schools and I wish they didn't.
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