The above is what I’ve long known. I was fortunate, I came up through schools that had teachers who cared about their students. I suppose that’s the difference when your parent(s) are paying for it.
But what I found most abhorrent over the past few years was the use of Zero Tolerance policies. That struck me as being extremely ill thought out, path of least resistance type thinking. And I’ve heard more first person anecdotes over time to make the determination that Zero Tolerance does not, and never has, worked to the betterment of those kids in the schools.
From ignorance of IEP and behavioral plans, to teachers who don’t care enough about their students to challenge them. And in the latter case, it isn’t because the teachers couldn’t do it, but because the structure of their school doesn’t permit such action.
I remember my participation in one of several program reviews at high schools around the state. I met two different teachers, one of them a younger teacher who was enthusiastic about the subject he was teaching. The other was basically teaching MS Office skills. She had the kids doing a payroll spreadsheet and manually calculating the deductions.
So I stopped and asked her if perhaps the kids might be better prepared for life if they knew some VBA (Visual Basic for Applications). VBA lets you add conditional and branching logic. So for example, you could do lookup tables for tax rates, or correct malformed zip codes, all sorts of utilities to transform data.
The teachers response was you needed advanced math for that. I gave her a quizzical look and said that it really was the BASIC programming language, that you didn’t need much more than beginners algebra and I noted on my review sheet that it should be incorporated into the class.
But above you have two examples of teachers. One enthusiastic and dynamic, one apathetic and lackadaisical.
But they all need to go that further step. And I’d also like to suggest that we need to better train our teachers. Incorporate the ACE recognition into the curriculum. That way it gets into EVERY school over time.