My BFF from childhood is a teacher. I have spent the past couple of days catching up with her and have learned so much I didn't want to know about being a teacher. I guess I knew it was going on but never wanted to admit it....
So here's the scoop, she is a high school teacher in another state. She teaches communication and speech and stuff. Should be pretty straight forward as it is an elective and not a core class right? Wrong! She doesn't give straight out tests, she gives speeches and projects. She gives them plenty of time to prepare and sounds to me like she is pretty laid back about the process.
Last week she assigned a speech due at the end of the week. Everyone was present at the time of assignment. One misses a day of school in the middle due to illness and then shows up unprepared for their speech. She gives them the opportunity to do it but the student refuses cause they were sick. Student gets a zero on speech.End of Story you ask? That would be a big NO!
What do you think happens these days when a student doesn't get their way? You guessed it Mommy and Daddy to the rescue! The students parents call the school and bless out my friend and the principal! My friend stands her ground (as she should) and gets reported to the superintendent for being a bad teacher! UGHHHH I am so mad! Now she will be forced to let the student makeup the assignment. The student wins!
There is no accountability anymore! No one is forced to deal with their actions. This is making me crazy. Why should kids even try when they don't have to cause Daddy can make it all better? Failing is a part of life, not everyone wins the game! It's called reality! And sometimes it sucks! The mini tahoes will not be bailed out when they don't do their homework or turn in a project. I will not harass their teachers into giving them slack when they don't deserve it!
No wonder our world is so screwed up, there is no cause and effect anymore!
Now I feel better,