> From: ricki fromkin[SMTP:fromkinr]
> Reply To: fromkinr
> Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 1999 6:32 PM
> To: Aaron and Jennifer
> Cc: The Austin's; VKlimTruax; artsednet.edu
> Subject: Re: 2-point perspective
> Aaron and Jennifer wrote:
> > I wish we could give our students more of a concrete reason to
> try and
> > stay in school. Exchanging good grades for final exams is a
> > Somehow telling the kids education is a necessity is not working.
> > students see Joe-Shmoe down the street selling dope with a brand new
> car and
> > no high school education; our students see that as success. I had a
> > discussion with some students about health care. They thought when
> > turned 18 that could automatically get medicade (medicare?). I had
> > explain there was an application process. I don't think our students
> > that there is a source for welfare and social services. It grows on
> trees. I
> > dunno. If any of you have ideas on how to show students success lays
> > the project walls, please send them to me!
> Me too. A good example of what's going on was on my local TV station.
> They actually showed the HS I teach at, and interviewed some kids
> because of low test scores. They were saying (some of the African
> American students) that if you do well or try to do well other kids
> accuse them of "acting white". I don't know where this comes from and
> don't understand how people can actually believe this? What happened
> doing well to achieve self-esteem, success, and all the rest that goes
> with it? I gave one of my trouble makers a note to take home, because
> she has improved drastically in the last month. I wanted her to feel
> proud of her hard work. She did when I gave it to her, but the
> sitting next to her started busting her about being the teachers pet,
> and a kiss ass, etc. it really was a shame to hear it.