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Jennifer in Michigan
From: ricki fromkin <fromkinr>
To: Aaron and Jennifer <THEGREEN99>
Cc: The Austin's <whest177>; VKlimTruax
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 1999 6:33 PM
Subject: Re: 2-point perspective
>Aaron and Jennifer wrote:
>> I wish we could give our students more of a concrete reason to try
>> stay in school. Exchanging good grades for final exams is a possibility.
>> Somehow telling the kids education is a necessity is not working. Our
>> students see Joe-Shmoe down the street selling dope with a brand new car
>> no high school education; our students see that as success. I had a
>> discussion with some students about health care. They thought when they
>> turned 18 that could automatically get medicade (medicare?). I had to
>> 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
>> 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 to
>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 students
>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.