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"is this good enough?"


Date: Tue Nov 19 2002 - 07:27:06 PST

I'm usually an optimist, but this year I too am concerned with the attitudes of today's youth and their parents. They think if they tried on the assignment they deserve an A. To them a B is a failure. But, they don't want to have to work for it. I feel we have dummied down our expectations and grades. This year more then ever, I see my students with the attitude that we owe them, the world revolves around their wants, not even needs, they are so self-centered.They live for today, who cares about tomorrow.What is empathy? You want me to volunteer? Help another student? Actually if half my students would even try to work to their potential I would be dancing. Their morals are, if you get CAUGHT it is then wrong. If our youth are reflecting society, our moral decay makes me sad. So what can we do? We teach, We can still uphold high quality, by rewarding those who strive and meet it.We do not lower our standards.We do not accept poor work that shows no effort. We let them know we are disappointed with not up to par work. We encourage and try to motivate kids to try harder and show how success really feels. We model excitement in our subjects and we model servant hood.We praise hard work. We try to love them, even when we discipline them. We do not excuse, we teach good choices when they make bad choices.And we pray.
Have a good week. I just hopped off my soap box.
Middle school teacher
Renee Berg
6th,7th Art and 8th grade Art Tech
Mitchell Public Schools
Mitchell, SD