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In reply to Slabside... If you read each comment carefully that you quoted they do coincide and make sense. Parents need to be held more accountable for their children's education and that includes $ to education and the parents need stop blaming teachers for everything that might be wrong with education and look in the mirror. Keeping in mind this is not saying all parents don't there are many whoare definitely involved and very supportive no matter what the situation is.
In reply to CGabriel... Yes, there are teachers who aren't motivated or can be disrespectful to students and parents. However, that could be said for many given situations. In addition, you had a bad experience with a teacher and that is not a good thing! However, if there is a bad situation with one teacher that cannot be looked at as ALL teachers are like that. Every teacher, parent, and student need to learnhow to handle different situations and different educational settings benefit different families. It's great you can and are willing to homeschool your child, but saying money shouldn't go to teachers is ludacris! Teachers put a lot of time, energy, $, heart and soul into their classrooms and trying their best to provide a positive and successful education for ALL STUDENTS. This isn't true for ALL TEACHERS, I know, however, I know teachers in charter and private schools who aren't the best either and not all homeschool parents are adequately providing their children with the best education either. By the way, a lot of homeschool teachers and providers are also paid and funded by that same education $, so should they also not get any $?Jan 8, 2012
Agreeing with most of these comments! I've taught in Washington State for 5 years and Arizona for 4. Charter schools were not as wide spread and students educational were able to be met using differentiated instructionand reading and math support educators. The charter schools that were available were added as a break-off of the same public school districts focusing on area's of interest for students such as technology, sciences, and arts. In addition, technology, PE, Music, and Art were also considered fundamental parts of every child's education, unfortunately, many districts in AZ are not encouraging these or don't have funding. How does anyone expect to meet every child's educational needs if the student is not also able to learn or do what may be their strength or area of interest like a fine art or technology. Since moving to and teaching in AZ it has been discouraging to see how much $ is being given to start so many charter schools, when that money could be put into thepublic schools and allow teachers to continue recieve fundamental training to support their students effectively. IVe also noticed parents can pull there kids from one school to the next because they don't agree with something in a classroom or district and kids can start to lose important social skills on how to adapt and work through certain situations. Yes, there are exceptions and I know firsthand classroom environments that discourage learning because of the classroom environment, but it's important to communicate with teachers and administrators first before making drastic changes. $ would not be so depeleted on education if more focus was given to requiring ALL parents to take an active rolein their son or daughter's educational experiences. If parents aren't sure or there is a language barrier money saved from going to charter schools can be used to educate families,too. I apologize for rambling, but I've been wanting to discuss these concerns since I moved here. I will end with my daughter grduated from high school with high honors, had a great public school education and because of that she is very successful at ASU for 2nd year with Dean's List grades (& she's not from the big districts) also my son has been doing excellent on AIMs and in classes, as well as many friends around him, being in a public school setting.Jan 7, 2012