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After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said:
'Let me see if I've got this right.
'You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning.
'You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride.
'You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job.
'You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the final exams.
'You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.
'You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.
'You want me to do all this, and then you tell me......
I CAN'T PRAY?'
 

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Crazy as it may sound I still miss teaching but agree with all the above with the addition that we must know how to use all latest computer options, design web pages , keep spreadsheets, design tests, and deal with constant colds and flu courtesy of students and access and respond to emails from parent daily, attend endless meetings, organise musicals, performances, special theme days, fund raising activities , incursions and excursions and attend camps to supervise 24 hours and here in Australia ensure all students are sun smart with lotions and hats. There is more but I wont bore you...... I loved teaching and have many good memories. Always too exhausted but always wanting to make breakthroughs. Guess it is a calling.
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I have heard that they are no longer teaching cursive here in Colorado, USA. Is this true in all states? What about the rest of the world? Also no longer teaching spelling??? Hopefully, the parents will be teaching them at home as I just cannot for the life of me, imagine being unable to read or write in cursive, let alone being unable to spell.
 

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I agree that there are some wonderful teachers but there are also some that should not be allowed within a mile of a child. Do you know what they do with the teachers like that (assuming that they have not actually committed a crime)? In Tennessee they make them a teacher for home-bound students. A home-bound student is one who is having to miss over a week of school due to medical problems. A home bound teacher visits the student at home or in a hospital for 2 hours a week and gives them the instruction, homework, and tests that they would get in an entire week of school. Seems like a place for really proficient teachers, not the garbage that you can't find a way to fire because they have tenure. How do I know? After having to repeat his entire Sophomore year of high school because the home-bound teacher never turned in any of his homework or tests (she told us that report cards were only issued at the end of the year for home-bound students and we believed her) for 6 months I talked to my SIL (a teacher in the same county) about it and she checked it out for me.
There are good HB teachers but in TN the bad seem to outweigh the good.
 

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pb9759 said:
I have heard that they are no longer teaching cursive here in Colorado, USA. Is this true in all states? What about the rest of the world? Also no longer teaching spelling??? Hopefully, the parents will be teaching them at home as I just cannot for the life of me, imagine being unable to read or write in cursive, let alone being unable to spell.
A few years back they actually forbade TN teachers from teaching cursive. Students are graduating not knowing how to sign their name or read historical documents.
 

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It's really sad and I can't but wonder how they justify this. Looks like an opportunity for a retired teacher to open up a small business teaching spelling and cursive. It also makes me wonder how a teacher can do a good job unless she uses cursive herself; does everything she 'writes' have to be printed? How do the kids sign their name?
 

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Nothing prevents a silent prayer.
 

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pengee said:
Same in New Zealand. i got into heaps of hot water for insisting on continuing to teach both and times tables.
Are/were you a teacher? What is the reason given for no longer teaching cursive and who made the decision to cut it from the curriculum?
 

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Essential skills reading, spelling, number facts and handwriting. Literacy and numeracy.... Foundation of functioning well in life.
I am amazed at the posts as here in Aust. they start at kindergarten and preprimary levels. Sounding letter combinations, spelling, correct letter formations and number facts.
Tashi
 
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