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Re: Dumbing down is driving me NUTS!

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ricki fromkin (fromkinr)
Tue, 26 Oct 1999 18:53:56 -0400

Aaron and Jennifer wrote:
> When I get students from other schools, I am always curious to the
> student's opinion of the former school. Of course, to the student, the
> former school was so better than our school. Then when we went on our field
> trip I figured out why. We actually demand a lot of our students at our
> school. Kids know in my classroom you don't walk out; you pay the
> consequences if you do. I have heard teachers complain about students
> walking out and the teacher did nothing about it. I watched the other junior
> high teachers allow their students to be rude and obnoxious at a dance
> performance. And I am supposed to have the "bad" kids.
> I believe in our district too many kids are given the standard - good
> enough. "You wrote your name on the paper - that's good enough." "You
> apologized for breaking all the pencils - that's good enough." Kids are
> stunned in my room because nothing is ever good enough. (They hate that,
> too.) As a society, I think we have become so concerned with the child ego
> we are afraid to demand work and thinking skills from our children. We don't
> want to push a kid too much because he or she may walk into the classroom
> the next day with a gun and shoot up the place. Sad thought. We have
> empowered the students too much.