The wrong people speak out

The other night as I was driving home, I was listening to the TV news on the radio (far left end of the dial) about how the new SAT scores have fallen nationwide.

The reporter was interviewing a high school girl who said she enjoyed the new writing portion of the revamped test more than the math. Her entire answer was one sentence, yet I noticed that it contained "you know" three times and "like" twice (I counted).

And this was a girl who liked writing!

Thank goodness she didn't enjoy math more; for her, 2 plus 2 would never equal 4. Gee, I wonder why the SATs are down?

Of course, she might be a better writer than she is a speaker. Most of us are. Let’s just hope she doesn't go into teaching; her class won't have a chance.

By the way, have you ever noticed that many times, when educators are interviewed on television, they sound like they need more education? Not all the time, of course, but it makes me wonder they these folks are the ones who get quoted:

"Yeah, me and my class was here on the rim of the Grand Canyon, and I seen this guy just jump right in. He just went and done it before anybody could stop him."

I always cringe at those interviews. Like, you know, I, like, just cringe.

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09/01/06 - 11:51 am
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I do believe that schools

I do believe that schools are slipping! And it starts in elementary and just pursues into high school. I do understand the uniforms and my child seems to like it alright, but schools seem to be more focused on uniforms then education. Lack of communication seems to be another problem between parents and teachers. This year my child has a great teacher because we communicate through e-mails but that is his homeroom teacher not any of the other three. I try to get involved with my sons education but its hard when there is no communication. If parents got more involved in their childrens education our children would be in better shape. However, its our fault we as parents has allowed for this to happen. We should stand up for our children thats our job. But its going to take more then just one or two its going to have to be everybody joining together as a team and taking care of our children. They are our future.
So thats my thoughts.
Pam

brisco39
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brisco39 09/02/06 - 08:51 am
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I certainly agree many (not

I certainly agree many (not all) current teachers should probably find other work, but I have felt for years the problem has its origin way earlier than that. Most parents today don't take the time to teach their children the basics needed to become a good learner. Starting in their child's infancy, if parents read to them daily and pointed out the picture of 'cat', 'dog', 'cow', etc each time the word was spoken, that association would be imprinted on the child's brain. Teaching the ABCs through the ABC Song and using flash cards works. Similarly, the recognition of numbers from a flash card can be made a part of the daily learning time. In conclusion, parents, not teachers, have the responsibility to send children to school ready to learn. Does it take time? Yes, every day. Is there anything a parent does that is more important for the future of their child? No. Not the big house, or the fancy car. Not the wide screen TV, not the fancy computer or Game Boy. We all have the same number of hours every day. Make them count. Work a few less hours for those material things and invest that saved time in your children. You'll both win.

mgroothand
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mgroothand 09/02/06 - 12:58 pm
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Although not as prevalent

Although not as prevalent here, the statistics that are quoted are National statistics. Nationally, most teachers are represented by very strong unions. That fact alone is cause for apathy,laissez-faire and a "you-can't-fire-me" attitude. In colleges and universities, once tenured, many professors become leeches. While all education starts at home and should continue to be nurtured there, the lack of professionalism in schools is much to blame for the current crisis. John Stossel of ABC News and a columnist has and continues to bring this to the forefront.

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lady_alessandra 09/05/06 - 09:24 am
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I received a note from my

I received a note from my child's fifth grade teachers at the beginning of school. Three times within the brief note, it referred to "a student" and then used the pronoun "they." I thought basic grammar such as this was taught in elementary school.

Glynn Moore
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Glynn Moore 09/06/06 - 03:05 pm
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Thanks for all the comments.

Thanks for all the comments. To carry the point one step further, I will pass along a quote I heard on ESPN the other day. In an interview, an NFL quarterback said this:
"This team has been ran by strictly defense, and now that you bring myself and added some guys, this offense ... can do as well as the defense."
Again, people shouldn't be expected to speak as well as they write, but "has been ran" and "myself" instead of "me"?
Of course, I can nitpick, because I just happen to have had the best teachers a little bit of money could buy during my formative years. They didn't always succeed with me, but I do remember enough that I try to monitor the next few words spilling out of my mouth so I can fix any grammatical glitches before they enter the air. Bless their hearts.

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