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1st grader is told not to do cursive until 3rd grade, woman’s response is legendary

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Too many schools are teaching kids what to think instead of how to think.

(h/t Tickld)

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  • Billy

    I want to say something here; my wife is a public school teacher, and we do hear of things like this now and then. If you have a teacher that is doing weird stuff, complain about it! Call the department head, then the principal, and if it is not to your satisfaction call the district. The WORST thing you can do is stay silent. There are a lot of good teachers out there (I’m married to one!). There are kooks out there too, but nothing will happen if you don’t make noise!

    • Dr. Diagnosis

      Your wife gave me a D when I should have received a B+, Billy. She’s not a good teacher.

      • John Canary

        seriously? You fail. How do you even know his wife?

        • Dr. Diagnosis

          Because… she was my teacher. Duh.

        • Frank

          Actually John, you fail. Learn what sarcasm means. His comment went right over your head.

          • Dr. Diagnosis

            I agree with everything you wrote except the pronoun! lol

          • DaveO

            From Calvin and Hobbs:
            Teacher: Class what is a pronoun?
            Calvin: A noun that lost it’s amateur status.

          • Skyrunner01
      • bazinga

        I gave her the “D”…

        • Blightness

          Boom! Thread over.

      • Chucky Greyjoy

        You’re lucky. I would have given you an F, and that’s only because you can’t give out anything lower.

        • insert_creative_name

          Not with that attitude.

        • http://www.WTF.com/ FCN

          you can go lower………….

    • Prophet George W Bush PBUH

      Why bother complaining? They’re not going to do a single damned thing about it. Teacher tenure is king. My wife and I yanked our kids out of public school and started homeschooling them instead for these reasons and many others. Pee on public schools.

      • CC

        Yes Billy! I’ve worked in 3 school districts and our principal and superintendent address any issue directly with the teacher. I’d suggest talk to the teacher first and tell her why you are disgruntled as that can solve 99% of issues. Also, tenure is being done away with in many streets. I will never have tenure and I’m OK with that.

        • Guest

          Your a moron……..

          • Donna A

            You’re……..

      • ursanegro

        most teachers i know would trade in guaranteed tenure for creative control over content. seriously. don’t blame tenure for it; blame non-educators setting education policy.

      • Reality

        And your kids will turn into the same closed-minded republicans who glorify someone like George W. Bush and say things like “Pee on public schools” Congrats. I hope one day they can learn to speak as eloquently as GW himself…oh wait…

        • Melvin P. Arbuckle

          W speaks better off the cuff than the Teleprompter in Chief

          • http://www.WTF.com/ FCN

            and who can duck not one BUT TWO shoes like that and still come up grinning like a sh *T eater!!

        • Evy Rosebrook

          What an ignorant statement.

        • katal1

          Your a moron…

          • Andrew J.

            *You’re

          • katal1

            Andrew the Grammarian……Went to school in the L.A. county school system ……and you’re right.

        • Prophet George W Bush PBUH

          What exactly is wrong with that?

        • Prophet George W Bush PBUH

          What exactly is wrong with that?

        • svartalf

          Actually, it’s teachers like the example that teach them to be close-minded Liberals who glorify this crap and people like Che or the like.

          GROW UP.

    • Jim Freymuth

      Or better still, home school your kids.

      • Eric Drewes

        yeah so they can get all their brainwashing from home without having to pick up any of those nasty social skills

        • David Atherton

          I wish people like you could meet my nieces and nephew. They excel in every sport and extracurricular activity, are the most gracious, talented teenagers you would ever meet. Because they have time to devote to things not taught in public school, they are very well rounded individuals who are definitely NOT lacking any social skills.

          • Eric Drewes

            you haven’t observed them with their peers – they are good at being polite to adults. I wonder how they will handle the criticism, bullying, pressure etc. that exists in the real world when they encounter it for the first time? Please, I will concede that your niece and nephew are probably delightful people and that there are a lot benefits homeschooling can provide (tailored curriculum, one on one interaction, etc.) if you’ll admit that without having the social experience of dealing with a diverse group of peers over years of socialization, they MAY not have a mature understanding of the nuances of social interactions – which can have short and long term effects once they are outside the social bubble of their family/friends and into the “real world”. or we can just agree to disagree, that’s fine too.

          • Tony Cota

            Home schoolers interact with others.There’s usually a group event for home schoolers.I guess the belief that one must endure bullies will make one better and stronger…

          • Eric Drewes

            exposure to people suffering increases empathy, empathy is important.

          • Eric Drewes

            “what doesn’t destroy you only makes you stronger” – Nietzsche

          • skip

            Public schools dont work because the schools aren’t allowed to punish the children anymore because of immature parents who are unable to believe their child ever does any wrong

          • Eric Drewes

            i know plenty of brilliant people that graduated from public schools

          • God20fearing12patriot

            Most homeschooled children are much more Socialized than their “peers” precisely BECAUSE they weren’t stuck in their own age group, picked on, bullied, or peer pressured. These kids often meet with other homeschool kids regularly within a homeschool network – and are exposed to PLENTY. They are not sheltered. Please tell me, besides lowering a child’s self esteem, what GOOD bullying does for a child? In the “real world” we don’t have to put up with bullies- we can choose to ignore them and walk away. Bullies are not tolerated in the work place, they are not tolerated in any setting. So tell me why a child must “endure” it in early childhood? A homeschooled child can be taught how to handle a situation-should it ever arise- without actually being FORCED into that situation (like public school students are) and they will just fine entering into adulthood. Perhaps you should shift your focus to the parents of children in schools who ARE bullies. They are bullies because they lack something at home. They make up for it by putting other kids down to build themselves up. Homeschooled children do not have this problem.

          • Christine Lyon

            I would just like to say I was bullied in school right up through junior high. I learned how to stick up for myself and how to handle stuff on my own. I do NOT like the thought of my child being bullied, but have found that often the bullies just need some extra attention. Being bullied can teach you street smarts, intellectual defenses, independence, and empathy. That is not to say you can’t learn those things without bullies, but it also shines the light on people who need extra attention. The child who used to bully my son didn’t feel loved at home. One day, after he picked on my child and I hugged my child (embarrassing him, of course) I asked the bully if he needed a hug. The child threw himself into my arms and started crying. He picked on people for the attention he lacked at home. My son learned how to have empathy for people who are having problems, how to diffuse situations without escalating it, and made a friend. The ‘bully’ was at our house, as a polite guest, after that.

          • Eric Drewes

            lovely story, thank you for sharing

          • Eric Drewes

            I’m just going to agree to disagree with you. I disagree with a majority of your points but I doubt I can change your mind so I’m not going to bother.

          • Public Schooler

            I have many friends who were home schooled and they tend to be better at dealing with people their own generation because they join community activities like sports or a civic theater. Just because it is not in a school setting doesn’t mean they don’t socialize with their peers.

          • Eric Drewes

            sports and civic theater only have people who are interested in sports and civic theater in them, and only has people who have families that can afford them the opportunity to play sports and go to civic theater. That immediately cuts down on the diversity, right?

          • Jaysen McDermith

            Do you seriously believe that homeschool kids dont play outside after public and private school lets out for the day so they don’t ever interact with these publicly schooled children? Do you believe they only interact and meet other homeschool children, they dont go to the park or the mall, get on Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat? Do you really believe these homeschool children don’t live in the same neighborhoods as public and private school children? Oh, wait, I will bet you are one of those people that thinks homeschooled children just sit at home all day watching the educational channel and reading online articles about Alexander Hamilton and the Federalist Papers. LOL.

          • Jaysen McDermith

            One other point that I would like to make, most public school districts allow, for a fee of course, home schooled children to attend and participate in public school extra ciricular activities like dances,homecoming, prom, sporting events, and even some classes.

          • Drooo

            WOW! Dumbest comment ever written.

            Excuse me while I just go and cut myself. Why? You ask.

            Just to practice bleeding, of course!

            Now I have a better understanding of how HE won. Thx!

          • Eric Drewes

            such a thoughtful, well reasoned response. You’ve proven your intellectual superiority, I will bow graciously out of this argument.

          • Janet Baker

            You say David Athernon has not observed his nieces and nephew with their peers? On what basis do you make that assertion? Do you have some insider knowledge of his family life?

          • Eric Drewes

            Janet – children act differently around adults than they do when there are just children around. His presence affects his observation. That’s the basis I am making that assumption on.

        • Cap

          Yeah, because our “public school youth” are so skilled in their social behavior! You are obviously a product of our brainwashing indoctrination centers, otherwise known as public schools..

          • Eric Drewes

            Cap, you jump right to the nasty attacks. Unfortunately, thus far you haven’t quite passed the Turing test for me yet – I am not positive you aren’t just a conservative spam bot with a bunch of pointless abusive hyperbole you can sling at people coded into you.

          • Coby Parmenter

            A conservative spam bot. WTH is that? Would that be one of those made up thingys like a smart liberal?

          • Eric Drewes

            you and the 18 yokels that liked your comment… i’ll spell it out for you:

            a spam bot is something that has existed for about 20 years and is ubiquitous on the internet. It is a program that emulates a person with programmed responses. The fact you don’t know this and thought it was absurd points to the fact you are extremely out of touch with modern society and technology.

            I hope this answers the “smart liberal” question as well ;)

          • jdelcjr

            My cousin home schooled her 5 kids up to the middle school. (7&8th grade). They had plenty of interaction with other kids through township sporting events, and other organized activities. They all went on to college. As far as what you call “brainwashing”, parents are the only ones that have the ultimate right to raise their kids by their beliefs and customs. Whether you like it or not. Thats not “brainwashing”. A person would have to have a religious, social or political belief in the first place, before they can be “brainwashed”. Since its the parents right to pass their religious and social beliefs to their children, only someone other then the parent can “brainwash”them. Because a parent may raise their children with a political position you don’t agree with, you accuse them of being “brainwashed”. Most home schooled kids i’ve met are much more polite and respectful then many of the kids that have to deal with peer pressure in public or private schools.

          • Eric Drewes

            my brainwashing comment was in response to someone else saying children at public schools are brainwashed. I did not mean offense and apologize for repeating something that I don’t agree with and that incites a reaction rather than engages in an honest dialog. I’m sincerely sorry for being a jerk.

          • mae

            I’m not convinced you’re not a liberal spam bot. The socialization argument is so tired. So is the brainwashing argument. Why don’t you try something that hasn’t been disproved?

          • Eric Drewes

            please display evidence that children needing diverse socialization has been disproved?

          • Gladius Primus

            Your reference to homeschooling missing socialization is a gross distortion.

            Many home school children are involved in regular after school activities like music lessons, dance, theater, and sports.

            Further, many home schoolers belong to groups with other home schoolers and get together to take the kids on field trips.

            Home schooling does not eliminate diverse socialization. It reinforces positive social experiences, and minimizes many of the negative experiences found in “traditional” school settings.

          • Eric Drewes

            thank you for sharing your opinion

          • Cap

            It’s only pointless to a mindless liberal..The rest of us have no problem with the point that I’ve made, moron..

          • Eric Drewes

            Cap, you’re the worst counter-troll i’ve ever met. suck an egg dude – be interesting or go away.

          • Melvin P. Arbuckle

            Irony can be so ironic

          • Eric Drewes

            go feed garfield

          • Evan

            Guess your kids are gonna be the UN-athletic and socially inferior bunch who attend college, or a further education. Good luck.

          • samantha

            I’m sorry but I just have to point something out. Me and my cousin are the same age have the same skill level in school and may as well be twins. However, she was homeschooled most of her life and I was in private and public for most of my life. She has almost no social skills and I make friendsand keep them almost eeverywhere I go. So yes homeschooling does keep some kids from learning social skills. Some kids who are homeschooled do have social skills but that is mostly because they go to clubs or are involved in other social events.

        • Home school mom

          Eric, I guess co-ops in the park, weekly roller skating, MMA training, soccer, softball and birthday parties don’t count as socialization in your book? Everyone was MORE socialized when we were not stuck in some government institution for 7 hours a day.

          Do not speak of something that you obviously know nothing about.

          • Eric Drewes

            home school mom, those are all good but they still lack the open air freedom unsupervised with diverse groups of people from different belief systems and economic backgrounds. There’s also something to be said for shared experiences – your children will miss common experiences that the majority will go through.

            I already said there’s things you can do with homeschooling that are very good, i also think that the majority of home school kids miss a very important aspect of socialization. You work hard to mitigate that, fine, but I stand by my statement.

            Neither of us know everything, both of us are free to agree or disagree and express our views as we see fit. However, unless you have form of authority that I recognize as valid over me, I will neither concede to your demand nor accept your judgment that I know nothing about the subject. Considering I wouldn’t bow to God himself if he were standing before me in all his majestic glory, shining like the sun and making us all weep with his heavenly grace and transcendence, good luck with that.

          • joel swenson

            Eric Drewes, I wonder how many kids you have and their ages? You sound like you have all the “book” answers, but none of the real life experience that comes from meeting parenting challenges ahead on. You have no humility that comes from walking the floor all night, worrying about a sick child, or maybe one that is going through a rebellious destructive period. Book sense will never take the place of common sense. It goes back to the old adage,”give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. You completely ignore teaching morals, values, more’s, etc. Public schools do not teach these things.

          • Eric Drewes

            public schools shouldn’t teach morals. parents still have their children for the majority of their time and that is when they learn values and morals. We don’t want the state to teach people right and wrong, right?

          • jvs

            My homeschooled teenage daughters are Roman Catholic. We are friends with children who are atheist, agnostic, Muslim, Hindu and Jewish. We are friends with families working here from Ireland, Mexico and Spain. We are friendly with a Deaf family. Most of the families we know are ultra liberal and we are conservative and lean towards libertarian. We have spent a night in a friend’s Manhattan Penthouse and we have cooked for and served the homeless. I am not quite sure how you can assume that homeschooled children and by extension their families only associate in a homogeneous group. Our homeschool group is far more diverse than our neighborhood public school.

            As far as missing common experiences that the majority go through, I will pass on exposing my children to school violence, bullying (they were not aware the app Yik Yak existed), and over testing.

          • Eric Drewes

            jvs: anecdotal evidence is good but the vast majority of home schooled children do not have the diversity yours do. Rural home schooled children in Ohio in towns where 100% of the population is white christian are not getting the exposure they need to gain awareness and appreciation for the diversity that exists in our world.

          • JAFO

            If the population is 100% white, how is going to school going to provide a different exposure set to the home schooling groups?

          • Eric Drewes

            in rural areas many towns share schools, there’s guaranteed to be more diversity (both economic, belief, religious and ethnic) than if they are home schooled and spend most of their time in isolated groups, right?

            Although, i do concede you have a valid point that was worth mentioning. Thank you

        • Shell1970

          My son is homeschooled, not brainwashed, and thankfully doesn’t pick up those “nasty social skills” like disrespectfulness, bullying, and total disregard for others. He has, however, learned valuable skills such as respectfulness and kindness, responsibility and work ethic, the importance of learning and asking questions, and how to think for himself. I agree that not all teachers are bad, my sister is one of the absolute best, but homeschool situations are not all bad either, please don’t assume such.

          • Eric Drewes

            thank you for your thoughtful response – I concede home school situations, when properly set up, can be good environments for children, and conversely, public school situations can be poor environments. I am not trying to express the idea that one is 100% good and the other is 100% bad, I’m just saying as a society, we can work together to get environments for children where they get a proper education and proper socialization and it can be available for all families, not just the ones that have the economic/family situation to use home schooling effectively.

        • Jen

          I was home schooled and I have marvelous social skills. You can’t avoid social situations. School is not the only place you learn them. You also learn them as a child going to the playground, from leaving the house and having to order food, or starting a conversation with people when you’re in the waiting room at the vet and they have a really cute dog… We don’t live in this world by ourselves, school is not the only place you learn to be social. You also learn how to interact with others as a child by watching your parents interact with others. Besides, schools set unrealistic enviornments for making friends. Once you graduate, you don’t get to always be friends with people your own age. You end up making friends with folks of all ages, and that can teach you more about life than the narrow social universe of being in a classroom with 30 other kids exactly your age.
          On the otherhand, if a child is being raised by someone who is asocial, and they are homeschooled and not allowed to go anywhere, then they would not be very social, no.

      • ophidic

        EVEN better still, don’t homeschool your kids, because you’re probably not qualified to.

    • http://batman-news.com will

      I’m completely with you on this one Billy. I had amazing teachers all through school, none on them chastised me for being above level. In fact, all of them praised me for it. I feel like its just a few bad educators ruining the images of the many good ones.

    • SSGT C M Hackett

      “Complain about it”? Why, so the principal can side with the teacher and then tell the public that what is done in the school is private and no one’s business? (See Maine News last month.) We do complain about it and we are told to sit down and shut up, that the “school system” knows better how to raise our children.

  • motherall

    Thanks heavens there are still schools teaching cursive. My grandson who graduated last year did not. It should not be a lost art so that “ancient” documents of our country cannot be read by the young as written rather than in the common core rewrite.

  • Ben

    I am a teacher, and Conservative, and I’m somewhat young (29). I can assure that we are not teaching kids to stay in line, and be good little commies. The way you ended that is an insult to my profession. You get mad at liberals who judge all conservatives by the actions of a few, why are you doing the same thing, quite hypocritical wouldn’t you say? Don’t link all educators together because of a few nutcase college professors, and your occasional incident in a public school that can have the context twisted to all kinds of epic proportions. If you want people to join the conservative movement, great, I’m behind you, but don’t resort to the same bullshit media tactics that MSNBC and CNN go to. I am not teaching robots, I am teaching kids to explore. Shame on you YC, shame on you.

    • larrybud

      Ben, all one has to do is to read the textbooks to understand exactly what is being taught.

      I would say as a conservative, you are far and few between in your profession.

      • Dr. Diagnosis

        Ben, where do you teach? Utopia? The closest a teacher came to saying they were conservative in my school was “I’m a moderate.” You’re just one odd egg in the basket.

        • Teacherman2000

          I consider myself a museum quality conservative and have been teaching almost 20 years. I long for another Reagan to rise in our political system! However, I can say that when it comes to public education most conservatives are just wrong. I believe the liberal side is not much better. Most people who influence public education are not teachers. I sincerely believe most are well meaning but have no background in how kids learn or how schools operate.

          • Eric Drewes

            the good old days of reagan, where we were just trading missiles and arms for hostages instead of guantanamo bay inmates

          • David Atherton

            I’d bet the teachers on this thread could teach you a thing or two about capitalization and punctuation.

          • Cap

            Nah, he’s a public school robot..I bet he knows NOT to draw pictures of guns though!

          • Eric Drewes

            there are three dots in an ellipses, Cap.

            http://villainking.com/clint.jpg

          • Eric Drewes

            Zing!

            Is this better, sir? I was typing on my cellphone and didn’t realize I needed to properly capitalize my off-the-cuff blurb on a message board post to earn credibility with the scholars here.

            Ad hominem attacks are usually a decent last resort when you have nothing else to leverage but honestly, I am disappointed by the meekness and pedantry of your comment.

            The two funniest aspects of it are 1) I know you double checked your own capitalization and punctuation to make sure you didn’t embarrass yourself as a result of Muphry’s Law. 2) you tried to imply that I didn’t know how to capitalize or use periods, the fundamentals of grammar and punctuation, despite the fact that I have enough knowledge to reference the Iran Contra affair in the 1980′s. So do you think I’m an idiot savant when it comes to political history? I have pondered on the point you were attempting to make but haven’t quite resolved it.

            Anyways, thank you for your time. Have a good evening

          • It’s Murphy’s not Muphry’s

            You mean Murphy’s Law right? Ironic don’t you think, that you would flame someone so quickly, and while explaining their spell checking and grammar checking in order to not prove themselves to be idiots, you yourself misspell the very point you were trying to make. Now that is either incredibly ironic and funny, or outlandishly sarcastic and dry, either way I think it was a miraculous fail.

    • Emily

      It’s not a “few.” I live out in the sticks in KY, and there’s nutty stuff like this going on at schools out here. They didn’t say “all,” they said “too many,” and that is perfectly accurate.
      Sure, not all educators are the same, and if you’re not raising little commies, good for you. But teachers should know that they have limits, because the kids are not theirs. They might be entrusted to your care, but they are not in your custody, their parents are the main authority, not the school system.

      • Prophet George W Bush PBUH

        Unfortunately Emily, that’s just not how they think. It wasnt long ago that Melissa Harris-Perry on MSLSD said “all of your kids belong to us”.

        • David Atherton

          MSLSD, huh? I love it when a fellow Levin-ite chimes in!

          • Coby Parmenter

            Ya buddy!!

    • Carissa Siordia Vasile

      Do you teach common core?

    • Ballistic45

      Ben, you had better do some fact checking, who authors your text books and who paid for their original publications, who in your local education system approved them for use.. I think you will be surprised… Also I have been reading about increasing number of reports about kids being disciplined by their schools for wearing anything with an American flag on it, reasoning, that it maybe offensive to foreign students.. Sense when can foreign students celibate their holidays and patriotism to their homeland at school and be completely supported by the system but the same US Taxpayer support systems have and are denying a US Citizen student from displaying an American Flag on US SOIL.. You cannot deny this is a growing anti American phenomenon in our school systems..
      http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/17721-twisting-childrens-minds-with-school-textbooks
      Review Ordered of Video Showing Students Singing Praises of President Obama:
      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/24/elementary-school-students-reportedly-taught-songs-praising-president-obama/
      Obama Children Sing for Change for Dear Leader:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54tjbgJmLFg
      Elementary School Students Taught to Sing Praises of President Obama:
      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/24/elementary-school-students-reportedly-taught-songs-praising-president-obama/
      School kids taught to praise Obama:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zrsl8o4ZPo
      Praising Obama to Battle Hymn of the Republic (begins at 1:34):
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixe4zOy5e7A&feature=player_profilepage#t=84

      Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals:
      http://polizeros.com/2009/09/16/saul-alinsky-rules-for-radicals/

      • Ben

        Ballistic, trust me my friend, I’m aware that the public education system is troubling, and I have major beef with those at the top who make the decisions. I didn’t appreciate how this portrayed the teacher’s as the villians, I know dozens of teachers and none of them would chastise a kid for being “too smart too soon”, regardless of political affiliation. 90% of teachers are for the kids, the 10% that aren’t, unfortunately move to office positions. It’s a broken system, I just hope we can get someone in that can fix it. In the mean time, I’m going to try to fly under the radar.

        • Prophet George W Bush PBUH

          I would argue that its not a “public education system” anymore. Its a public indoctrination system.

        • MrDexterSmith

          I’m a public school teacher, and what Ben says here is sooooo true.

        • Cap

          As a teacher, do you know the difference between “teacher’s,” and “teachers?”

          • God20fearing12patriot

            Man, people like you annoy me. I’m sure he does know the difference, but like many of us, he’s probably on his phone- and not particularly careful with spelling, punctuation, or other minor semantics. Yes, it’s distracting for those of us who know better- but as someone who scored a 36 on my ACT in English, I STILL MAKE MISTAKES TOO. Get off your high horse!!

        • Ballistic45

          Get yourself a cool Internet Name then spill the beans on what is really coming down the pike for our school system… I have seen some examples of the “Common Core” curriculum.. It is obviously an attempt at indoctrinating some leftist ideas along with so call education… In one lesson on Possessive Nouns, sentences are to be streamlined by the student, but the sentences also indoctrinate political ideas, see below…
          Found on following site..

          http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/11/10/common-core-lessons-blasted-for-sneaking-politics-into-elementary-classrooms/
          It was reported by Fox News, but they didn’t write the lesson…

    • Prophet George W Bush PBUH

      Congrats and keep doing what you’re doing but regardless of what you may think, you’re the exception, not the norm. Its not just “a few nutcase college professors”. The vast majority of educators are pompous windbags just trying to make good little Democrat voters for the future. There’s no interest in actually preparing them for life whatsoever.

    • CC

      Yes Ben! I encourage discussion and thinking outside the box to solve problems. In fact I often make a point to ask kids MULTIPLE ways to solve the same problem because there is often not one answer in real life. Please don’t make blanket hate statements just because you hit one bad teacher.

    • Robert Pierce

      Not sure if you actually read the way they ended the article, because your comment seems to suggest you need to read it again. Notice he didn’t use an absolute. He used the word “most.” Therefore, contrary to your claim, he did not lump “all” teachers into one box.

    • AmyJoy

      Well said. I am a conservative teacher and work with many other conservative teachers. The liberal teachers I work with also teach children to think and would never consider doing any of the actions in the article. These are a few sensational stories about a few teachers. Post some of the uplifting stories too. But I guess that won’t get anyone irate.

    • Samantha J Jungers

      I’ve just finished with High School, and MOST of the teachers were good, who encouraged free thought and excellence. Some were conservative, some liberal, and some moderate, but most were good at what they did and strove to make us the best. So, in response to those saying that you’re one of the few good ones (based on your claims), I don’t believe that . If anything, I do believe it is the curriculum. Or maybe, I live in an unusual place. *shrugs*

    • doublespoiler

      Ben, you may not be someone who is teaching kids to “stay in line” and teaching for the test, but many teachers are. The school system encourages good standardized test scores. But in a system where kids are ruly, inattentive and rude (because there is little to no respect for teachers), many teachers feel pressured to teach for the tests, otherwise they get cut. The entire system is flawed, and those teachers who “teach for the test” are simply trying to make it by. It’s not a problem with the teachers. You seem like a good teacher, keep doing what you’re doing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peggy-Powers/1352073815 Peggy Powers

    This is why my above average grandchildren are homeschooled. They are soooo smart and two years ahead of their age groups. I can’t believe how smart they really are.

    • Prophet George W Bush PBUH

      We started homeschooling a year and a half ago and its been the best decision weve made for them.

  • Johnny

    This is not true. Some teacher, bad teacher, are like this, but there are others, like my kindergarden teacher, who noticed those students that would excel above the rest, and not just excel, but like and urge to excel, which included me. She pinned us against each other in friendly competition to see who could do the best on math problems the quickest, and we all learned at a level which we needed. She was an amazing teacher and knew how to deal with children like us. These problem are because of teacher who took up the wrong profession. Teachers like my kindergarden teacher are the ones that took up the right profession. She still taught everyone else at a proper pace, but those of us who got bored at, what for us seemed like a slow pace, she spent extra time to bring in more advanced material. She worked double time to give both groups what they needed. Those are good teacher who would make the american system what it should be. It’s in the teachers. Now I am at college and studying to be a Computer Scientist with plans to go on to graduate school to become a Software Engineering. She made a huge impact on my life and I still remember her. Various teachers were like that, her especially, but it is about finding those people who are like her who loves teaching and putting them in the positions where they are needed and deserve to be, in this case, as teachers.

  • Misty Petty

    I graduated yesterday from an average public high school. Here’s my insider view on teachers: They are often some of the most hard working, underpaid people in the world.They work tirelessly for us. They think about us in and out of class and often spend more time with us than their own kids. They continuously to constantly care about our education, even beyond how much we care at times. Of course there are exceptions to this, as there are bad and good people in every proffesion, but in my opinion, teachers are more compassionate than the average individual. At one point, my life was even saved by a few of them. They are truly the unsung heros of society.

    • Teacherman2000

      Wow, thank you. :)
      I suspect that you are probably one of those students that teachers dream of having in their class. You are articulate, intelligent, and have learned empathy for others. Good luck as you progress in your life!

    • Bobby G. Hunsaker

      Underpaid, nah. Sure, they don’t make a fortune, but most teachers earn a comfortable – a wage well above the national median – wage once they reach tenure (usually about 5 years after hire).

      • Kayri

        A problem with your argument is that many districts haven’t had a raise in the past 5 years, not even a cost-of-living raise, while prices have nearly doubled for most things in that time. It used to be possible to make a decent living as a teacher, but it’s getting tough now.

      • doublespoiler

        Maybe on average they do, but I can tell you that the average public school teacher wage in Arizona (which is 51st in the nation for educational funding), is meager at best.

  • http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/fisherhl Mr. Avatar

    I don’t doubt this story any more then I doubt some of the good comments about teachers. Sometimes it may be the particular school that seems to be the problem when you have bad teachers. Or the school when you have good teachers.

  • Jeff

    My fiancé and several of my good close friends are teachers, and I am sure they would take offense to this, just as I did (and I am not even a teacher). Yes, there are some bad teachers out there, just like there are some bad mechanics, bad bartenders, bad hair stylists, bad bosses and CEOs, etc. Don’t try to push this label onto all teachers.

    My fiancé is an elementary school music teacher and she is constantly pushing her students to excel and try harder. She has had to make 5 new “belts” for her Recorder unit because her students were going above and beyond to learn the unit. Her choir has tripled in size over the last 4 years that she has been at the school. She now has 90 kids singing in her extracurricular choir because they all want to be apart of it and she has never turned a child away from it. She has worked harder then anyone I have ever seen to help her students excel and be the best they can, she works more on the weekends and over the summer then most people do during the week.

    One of my friends is a high school teacher in an inner-city school and she is constantly working hard to try and get the students involved in school but they simply don’t want to. But this doesn’t stop her from putting in the hours and thinking of the programs and units that can reach out to them and help them with their school so they can get into a college and keep them out of gangs or trouble.

    Sorry for this long post and rant but I am sick and tired of seeing people post this sort of stuff with their one-sided, biased opinion.

  • Katielee4211

    My granddaughter could read at 3 (by osmosis, I think). By the time she was in school she was way ahead of her classmates. Fortunately, she’s had good teachers and while they worked with the other kids at their grade level, she was allowed to go to the reading shelves and pick out something on the ‘top shelf’. My granddaughters have been in the same grade school their father was and while there have been excellent, true teachers, there have been some that were right on the level of those mentioned in this article.

  • Jimmy

    This is so fake it isn’t even funny. Anything to get readers right?

  • Eric Perez

    I had a teacher in middle school who found every little thing he could to write me up for and dock my grades for. Why? Because I would take quizzes and tests without ever having OPENED the book we had for that class. I’ve always had an interest in science, and he would accuse me of cheating every single time, even when i had to take surprise tests and pop quizzes on the other side of the room from other students and STILL score higher than the ones who had the book on “open book” tests. Yes, there are good teachers out there too, I had afew growing up. But there are more teachers who burn out and don’t give a damn anymore, and only want to be listened to and obeyed without question.

    • frank

      If you are wrong, he should mark you off period. You aren’t anything special if you don’t read you middle school book. I would mark you off for little things too, as should every teacher, whether you read the book or not. You don’t get special privileges for being lazy.

      • kidd

        Red mark for Frank! Correct “you middle school book”, then I’ll take you seriously. As a side note, if he passed the tests and quizzes without his book, then it’s apparent he learned the info elsewhere. Not everything is learned from books, or by rote, or by experience, but a combination of all those things, and then some. My son is the same way.

      • Eric Perez

        Except I was right. I would get perfect scores on his tests, sleep in class and still get his quizzes right, so forth. I had a teacher I was genuinely smarter than, and knew more about science than, and he hated me for it. He outright sought to punish me for knowing his subject better than he did.

        • Tburg1

          I can’t speak for this teacher, but speaking as a former teacher it’s not always about what you think it’s about. Especially as a middle school child it seems to me that he might have been trying to teach you something about work ethic and not skating through. Although I do not agree with his methods, I would have given you harder work and something to challenge you. Maybe something to challenge you against his mind. It seems that you like to be the smartest person in the room. I’d challenge you to prove it to me. You might actually have been smarter than me. So educate me. Teach me. You’re right, you shouldn’t be punished for being smart. But being intelligent comes with a price. It doesn’t mean that you get to look down on others because you know more than they do. I would hazard to guess that he was trying to push you to prove yourself and his pride may have been wounded as well. But if you do know more than someone else, shouldn’t you then edify them? Or should you shut them out and keep that knowledge to yourself? If it is the latter, then life will quickly become quiet and lonely. If you choose to share your knowledge and then life will be much different. Also, there are sometimes lessons that teachers try to teach that go beyond the subject they teach. I would guess that this teacher was trying to teach academic discipline and respect for authority. It’s not the way I would have gone about it, but teachers, by nature, are generally teaching more than what you think they are (they’re clever like that). It’s just hard to see it at the time(especially when you are in middle school). You clearly have a thirst for knowledge and I wish that this experience had been different for you. Just know that when you go into an experience like this again, go in with an open mind knowing that it is what you make of it. I wish you the best going forward.

        • Jimmy

          I Agree with Frank, how could he mark you off if you paper was perfect. No you said there were small things. YOU SAID IT YOUR SELF THAT THERE WERE THINGS. This is confession to your errors. This means even though you viewed them as small, the teacher noticed your mistakes. As he should, he marked you off. Maybe you are not as perfect as you first thought. Because he noticed errors you didn’t.

          • Eric Perez

            Alright, let me be more clear when I said “things.” I’d be the only one he’d mark at all for penmanship. I’d miss class FOR A SCHOOL ACTIVITY and be assigned extra work or he’d just dock ten points of my next test. I’d yawn (when I was actually awake) and he’d write me up for being “disruptive” while someone else would make paper airplanes and get nothing. I remember almost missing a dentist appointment that year because despite having approval from the office, he wouldn’t let me leave class. I gave an example of a BAD TEACHER, was I a model student HECK NO, I was a punk as a kid, my parents had divorced the year before and I didn’t even understand what “acting out” meant. But while there are just fine teachers aplenty, I had two TERRIBLE teachers in middle school and will never forget how shameful it was that they were allowed to teach.

    • Prophet George W Bush PBUH

      You forgot the robot rules Eric. You…..must……learn……the……..way………they……..want…….you……..to……..learn…….and ……..at………the…..speed……….they………tell………you…….that…….you……must……go…….all……robots……..must…….reach………the………end……..at……..the……..same…….time………the………same………..way.

  • Nobam2012

    I agree. Schools and teachers are out of control.

  • Sean

    And the parent is right.

  • Rick Cook

    The teacher must be a liberal. Because to liberals, being equal means bringing those that dare to excel down, rather than equipping those at the bottom to excel.

    • DrJKH

      Most teachers are liberals. Hence why they’re this way.

  • Jack Me Hoff

    You wrote: “My third grade teacher actually had a conversation with my mom that I was reading to well and told her to stop having me read at home.”

    Too bad she didn’t teach you the difference between “to” “too” and “two” in your down time.
    Hopefully you leaned the difference between “their”, ‘there’ and “they’re”, or “stake” and
    “steak”. There are so many others, but this may be overload for you already.

    • german girl

      If you correct someone, please make sure your spelling is wright “leaned” should be learned.

      • Bongo Bob

        If you are correcting someone who corrected someone please make sure your spelling is correct! “Wright” should be right!

        • doublespoiler

          If you are correcting someone who corrected somebody correcting somebody else, please make sure you use your commas correctly :).
          /s

  • thomas belford

    I pulled my Children out of public in 1995 removed television from my house and home schooled. I would not let my dog be taught in one. My children work hard make good money and are leaders not followers. Both of my sons have jobs that most college students can’t do because of the public schools they attended.

  • thr33guns

    They misspelled “to” near the top. It should be “too.” A minor quibble, but if you’re going to call someone out, you might want to check your usage.

    The sentiment is not lost on me though and I agree with them whole-hardheartedly.

  • K

    Am I the only one who noticed that there’s nothing about a first grader writing cursive in this whole article?

    • A-Train

      Right? I was expecting another handwritten message under the teachers, from the child. Disappointed.

  • Bongo Bob

    I was told by a teacher in high school not to do cursive – ever!

    (My handwriting kind of sucks! Thank god for typing!)

  • CC

    This certainly shouldn’t be taken as the norm. I’ve been teaching for nearly ten years. I’ve had students that read on a 6th grade level or higher in 3rd grade at a normal elementary school and I go above and beyond to create special lessons and assignments to encourage higher students to read at their level. We require ALL students to read at home every night. My school is FILLED with teachers just like me. We work hard and long hours to differentiate and specialize our lessons.

    • Prophet George W Bush PBUH

      Your name, alone, is a good reason to homeschool my kids.

  • Ez03

    I may be nitpicking here – While I think this is great and all (maybe a little over-dramatic; also, clearly written by someone who loves attention); she lost all credibility the moment she failed to write “too” correctly. I know it may seem trivial, but if you’re attempting to project your advanced intellect by reflecting on a lifetime of over-achieving, I think a little proofreading is in order. I’m giving the benefit of the doubt that she does, in fact, know her “two, too, and to’s”. Haha.

  • ross mcglockness

    this is precisely why my daughter will never darken the doors of a public indoctrination camp. i don’t care if i have to sacrifice every penny i have. she will not be subjected to this nonsense.

  • Oscar C Salinas

    When my daughter was in HS she was an honor student and taking advanced English. She was not Spanish speaking, English her native language. She was also avid reader and very smart. She was required to take English proficiency test in order to graduate(just because her surname was Spanish). California crazy system. Academic racism.

  • LK

    This is obviously a thread from tumblr; can anybody link to the original? I’d like to reblog it from the source.

  • Amanda Beachum

    If there weren’t grammatical mistakes in this, I might actually believe it.

  • german girl

    Bongo Bob.
    If you were taught Oxford English in a German School with very strict Teachers, you know your spelling. Do not feel bad, everybody in the US makes the same mistake.

    • FM505

      Everyone…? Yer certin girly…?

  • Kevlaur

    Is this an essay from the young man as he grew up or are these anecdotes from his mother? This is poorly written and hard to follow.

  • Allen Iwasaki

    To be frankly honest, there’s not enough credit being delivered to the teachers who work with NEW students every year. I am a rising senior, and since I haven’t seen too many, I will be giving my perspective as a student. I have had many different teachers throughout my lifetime. Some were better than others; however, despite the actions of a fraction of the population of teachers, I would not go so far as to label them selfish and manipulative. A fact that many seem to be overlooking is that all students are not the little angels they appear to be at home. As a growing trend, I’ve witnessed multiple methods of disrespect demonstrated to teachers by students. Whether it’s screaming, leaving the room, or ignoring instructions, students have developed a negative impression on teachers who are solely preforming their job. Let’s face it, attempting to teach new material to students who find the subject consisting of no practical purpose while making the topic interesting is a recipe for disaster that only a few master. Also, many students who enter the classroom just have the priority of receiving the highest grade possible with the least amount of work (Generalization.. but at least from my school). I would go on, but I literally have work in 15 minutes, so to sum this up, teachers should not be represented by the actions of a few, but by the many. Teachers receive low pay, yet spend hundreds hours committing their lives to new students who ALL have their own separate lives. Teachers deserve more credit than this.

  • Rondo

    You know I learned something here. I think I would have failed the teacher. I really don’t think that Little Rock Arkansas has a governor. I thought the governor governed the state and not a city or town. But I could be wrong. Just saying…………..

  • DrJKH

    Yeah, I was told I’m “not college material” because I “march to the beat of my own drum” by more than one small minded, arrogant teacher/professor. I’m a doctor now. And they probably think they made me. Nope, I made myself DESPITE them.

    By the way, in response to the one about taking notes: Taking ANY notes is the wrong thing to do. You can’t pay attention if you take notes. And for those afraid, I didn’t take notes all through undergrad, grad school, and medical school. It works better. That’s why you have a textbook.

  • Craig Hansen

    Teachers. “The underpaid saints” of the liberals.

  • http://campaigngeneration.com iconicles

    I ended up dropping out because these types of things happened to me as well. Bad teachers ruin lives.

  • Skyrunner01

    Common Core

  • Screwtheliberals

    Reading “to” well? Oh well guess that’s OK in the third grade. ;-)
    Nice post.

  • Robin

    My youngest child is the most recent high school graduate. She has siblings that are 15 – 21 years older than her. She graduated last year and we never had anything like this happen. She was in AP classes and TAG (talented and gifted), she was never discouraged from learning or using what she had learned. Her favorite subjects were Math and Science, she was great with Algebra, trig and she got in some calculus too. I would have been furious if something like that had happened to her. What part of the country did these things happen in? Are they from all over or just particular states? As a parent I would have made sure that this was known to the other parents and the administration. I cannot fathom a teacher holding a student back that had been so eager to learn or to have learned so much.

  • KillCOmmonCore

    Might embarass the niqqers who can’t keep up.

  • Lass

    I’m a teacher and I’m going to go out on a limb here and propose that the first scenario could only be the handwriting of a first grade boy (Aiden) if he started school at 7 and was held back a grade level. Developmentally, boys do not have the motor skills to pull off such clear cursive handwriting at 6. The other scenarios are equally contrived. While there are bad teachers, believe me, there are far more bad students and behind many bad students are parents who up hold them in every misdeed. Many students go through phases of “feeling their oats.” Most level out. Sometimes difficulties are contributed to “personality conflicts” with teachers and sometimes they are reflections of what is going on in the child’s family life. Other times misbehavior is attention seeking or motivated by peers or even family members who have themselves been unsuccessful students. It hurts me that parents really believe teachers deliberately hold students back academically. I can tell you we make many mistakes, as do parents, and unfortunately most of them only become clear too late. However, every parent I’ve ever known who believed at 6 or 7 or even 14 or 15 that their child was genius material or a perfect angel, found out differently by the completely unremarkable career paths of their children or the multiple scrapes with authorities they had to see them through. Look at your family tree. There is a good chance there are a lot of clues lurking there that will tell you if you’re raising a genius. If you are, you and your child are going to experience a whole new subset of academic difficulties. Good luck!

  • AaronSwain

    Is no one going to point out that this first grader has better handwriting than a lot of us?

    On a serious note, I am thankful to have had fine teachers all through my public school education.

  • Sipstate

    This just reads like a chain letter that needs to be sent 99 times or else Obama will end home schooling in America.

  • rphunter

    Sometimes the more intelligent students do suffer from not going along with the crowd, but at least it is something we can use later in life. Teachers who seek to impede the learning process need to turn to other things to do in their lives. I was always encouraged to satisfy my quest for knowledge, and to read everything I could get. Still do that.

  • @SarcasticSloth

    Nobody writes in cursive past the 3rd grade.

    Also everything about this image is fake, from the “grade” to the fake Tumblr styled responses.

  • utweezie

    Next time you write an article criticizing teachers and the education system, you should probably try to use the correct version of “too” in the second sentence. Doesn’t exactly make you seem as intelligent as you say or give your statements a lot of credibility.

    • God20fearing12patriot

      It must be irritating to be so perfect and find flaws in everything.

      • utweezie

        Those people are irritating. Not sure what that has to do with my comment though. Just saying that for all the advanced lessons, you would have thought proofreading would be one of them.

  • http://charlesstricklin.com/ Charles Stricklin

    “…reading ‘to’ well”?! They didn’t teach grammar?

  • aliswell

    For those of you doubting any of this, let me share that in 2nd grade (a long time ago) we had shelf loads of books in the class, but unless you were in the approved Advanced Reading Circle you were only allowed to read the books on the lower shelves. I wasn’t in the Advanced Reading Circle, but each day during Quiet Time I read. Within months I’d read every single book on the permitted shelves, then began reading those on the advanced levels. Read through about a 3rd of them before someone ~ a fellow student ~ finally noticed and tattled.

    Our teacher immediately ordered me to put the book back and read only those on the lower levels. I explained I already had, at which point she first told me that wasn’t possible. I could see her mind racing, thinking back, as to when I might have read ALL those books, and right underneath her nose. I insisted again, and she shook her head and claimed I wasn’t ALLOWED to read the upper level books. I had to take a book I’d already read and go back to my desk.

    Thank God back then there was still a remnant of independent thinking among public school teachers. The next day she approached me, apologized and gave me permission to continue reading any book I desired. She also placed me in the ARC.

    Not sure a quiet, overlooked child would be so fortunate today. Seems like the government indoctrination centers truly detest independent thinkers, both children AND teachers.

    • brainy37

      Why weren’t you in the advanced reading circle already?

  • Darlene Vincent

    I missed the “woman’s response” that was “legendary”. Would someone point it out to me?

  • charlie Mcadams

    As a retired teacher at the high school level, I must remark that anyone who has this many problems with so many teachers,over so many years, must share some of the blame or the system has a terrible method of choosing teacher. this is over the top and self-serving.

  • Tom

    Seriously? One kid had so many teachers who shot him down? Or is this just a nice made up story to prove a point. I agree that this happens on a daily basis but no way all of this to one kid.

  • Former teacher

    I actually saw that first hand, when a school girl in the 4th grade i was tutoring, soon became too advanced for the class, and so we solved the rest of the course book without her waiting to learn it in class, and the teacher made her erase everything to the point where the rest of the class was standing :(

  • jj1982

    Cursive is being phased out so kids can’t read the constitution.

  • Christopher

    Every. Single. Teacher. I ever had. This is why I hate public schools, and why we home-schooled.

  • Jerry L

    My teacher failed me in high school senior English because I insisted on using books and references that I felt appropriate for a paper I was writing rather than the resources she TOLD me to use. I am 72 years of age, so it has been going on for years and years. I went to summer school, made up the course, went on to university and had a happy life in spite of the pedigogical perfidy.

  • Angela

    I wish this article actually SAID what the woman’s response was!!

  • Karli

    I’m sorry you experienced a public school district filled with discouraging teachers. I’m glad you had parents who encouraged your curiosities and nurtured your intelligence. But this is situational, and it leads to a mass over generalization. I am a young teacher and I see little to none of this in my district (and do this never)… Despite what the “system” is or isn’t forcing me to teach. By the way, in the five years I’ve been teaching, This sort of creativity and curiosity you possessed is virtually nonexistent in much of the student population; I welcome the opportunity to nurture such when it actually presents itself. Don’t forget that in any profession nowadays, a huge percentage of the working population is ineffective at the job they are doing. Please stop vilifying every teacher, and every system, in the nation.

  • Brandon Magoon
  • Gerry

    I was reading at a collegiate level in fourth grade. I had the highest A.R. (Accelerated Reader) points out of the whole school. My brother, who was in 10th grade, would bring home books he was required to read and I would destroy them and take the A.R. tests on them. My fourth grade teacher hated me and would never let me read the books I wanted to read in class. Kids would be reading magazines and wheres waldo books and I’d be reading something like the 5th Harry Potter book or the Lord of the Flies and she would yell at me and take my book away. She also publically humiliated me at times because she thought I would cheat on the A.R. tests so she made a new rule for only me that I would have to ask her to take an A.R. test and she would sit over me and make sure I wasn’t cheating, but since i could only take one with her watching, she would make excuses so that I wouldn’t be able to take any until a few weeks after I read the book so I forgot some of the things that would be on the test so it actually looked like I was cheating before. I told my parents and they did not believe me until a few years later when they asked my friends parents and they told them that i was telling the truth.

  • samantha

    Not all teachers are like this. My mom is a middle school math teacher for special ed and she not only allows the students to do it the way they want as long as they get the answer correct but also takes time to learn from the students.

  • Johnny

    I barely remember this being so young, but all the way through 3rd grade, my parents were constantly called out by my teachers because my teachers thought my parents were doing my assignments. My mom is a English teacher and my dad has always been very well read. They said I went home and asked them “how can I sound less smart”. Crazy to think about . Wasn’t until thy tested me at a 9th grade reading level that they actually believed I was as intelligent as my work indicated.

  • Fred P!

    Reason # 6,528 we homeschool our kids.

  • Ron Cre

    These teachers would be standing before the board and answering for these.

  • EnforcerNave

    Next time, please edit your story before posting it. Multiple mistakes are clearly easy to find from people like me who read this.

  • Aussie Battler

    ‘MURICA!

  • Michele Szczuplak

    …And then we wonder why our children are so far behind academically compared to other countries…SMH

  • Peter E

    Something is wrong here – this woman claims to have read Harry Potter when she was in 1st grade and now she has a son that’s in 1st grade. Do the math people! Another one of these phony stories to make a point.

  • Sam Lyons

    I stopped reading when she said “my third grade teacher told my mom I was reading to well”. She didn’t say spell too well.

  • Nana

    I’m sorry some people had this experience, but I have NEVER, and I mean NEVER been told by a teacher that I was doing “too well.” In fact, I was praised for being smart, put into upper level classes, and pushed to do my best. They told me, I could do anything if I put my mind to it, and encouraged to excel further if I wanted to. If they didn’t have the materials for me, they found someone who did. My creativity was only ever stifled if I was disrupting class (ie: disturbing the other students). Yeah, I had some crappy teachers, but I was never told to stop learning. If anything, I was taught to explore the world and learn all I could while I had the chance. Sure America’s schooling system isn’t the best, but this is not a common experience where I went to school. (and I moved to 3 different districts over the 13 years)

  • german girl

    I am, are You FM505? Certain as can be.

  • Nina

    I had some discouraging teachers in my life who failed me, and even a dean. One day in junior high school my friend was being bullied by six girls who thought it was a great idea to throw things at her. The teacher stood by and did nothing, so I removed my friend from class to get the dean. Who got in trouble? My bullied friend and me. But I did have a great teacher in my life, my Kindergarten teacher, who noticed I was reading at a second grade level, and did not want me to be bored during reading time, so she had it arranged that I would go to a second grade class during reading period. She always encouraged and supported my love for learning, and I think it is sad that she set me up with such a great foundation which only became destroyed by my junior high and high school teachers, who seemed to only fall into teaching because they didn’t know what else to do with their lives.

    I want to say that now as an adult, I am friends with some marvelous teachers who remind me of my kindergarten teacher. So it’s not every single to teacher who fails the students. But unfortunately, it is a great deal of them.

  • Linda Emler

    Children are not made with cookie cutters they school systems needs to stop treating them like they are as long as they gain the knowledge and pass there test what difference does it make how they did they work stop putting them in little boxes they don’t fit

  • anthony

    My 1st grade teacher said that since I excelled above the other students in every subject I should have been placed in 4th grade the next year instead of starting 2nd. My father declined and told them that he didn’t want me to be bullied for being “too smart”

    I took this to heart and from then on started recieving bad grades because I didn’t try on homework or classwork, but would do well on tests.

    by 12th grade I was sleeping in my English class, skipping History and PE every day to go to choir for a 3rd and 4th time (I already had two periods of it) and relaxing in Drama doing the bare minimum.

    Despite the fact I didn’t put a single ounce of effort into school as some people will tell you is the only way to pass, I graduated with a 2.7 GPA.

    The American educational system is fraudulent, I hear stories like this all the time from varying parts of the world. Of course theres that one teacher who cares about their students, but most of them are only there to work, rather than to teach.

    My 10th-12th grade US/World History and Government teacher would actually sell school related things, like a sponge, or a stamp, or a sticker, or a washrag with the schools mascot on it to get extra credit. I once bought a washrag for 10$ and recieved 10% for my semester grade.

    One of the few teachers I had that cared about his students was my 12th grade English teacher, I would always chat with him about his day, and I once convinced him to give me a B on an essay instead of a D because the last sentence of it had such a deep and powerful meaning behind it. I forget what it was but apparently it was good enough to merit my grade being raised 20%. I slept through his class for the most part though, and at the end of the year came our schools final, I finished it in 10 minutes and fell asleep for the next 1:30. At the end of the class he woke me up (Everyone else had already left) He asked me if I cheated, and I told him I didn’t wondering why. It turned out I got a 98%, also the highest grade of all of his students on that final.

    I told my senior PE teacher to his face that I failed freshman year for a reason (Which is why I did the remedial course senior year) and that it would happen again most likely, which is why he excused me to go to choir every day.

    School though, while not worth the time of most, is sadly key in defining your future, though I wished they wouldve taught me rather than let me sleep and skip everything.

  • Bethany Schoonover

    My History teacher took off two points of my otherwise perfect paper simply because I used the word “plight” instead of “fight.” When I argued that “plight” was in fact the word I meant to use, he got angry and told me that no sixteen year-old used words such as that.

    My English teacher constantly checks my papers and homework to “ensure that I’m not cheating” because she “doesn’t believe teenagers use words like that.” In just about everything I do in her class (I have three a day with her because I’m taking two years at once and have a public speaking class,) she constantly obsesses over making sure I’m not cheating because I get constant good grades.

    My Math teacher repeatedly accuses me of cheating on my math tests because I receive 100 or some score that is very close, and he doesn’t believe someone could be that good.

    I was even recently asked if I somehow cheated on the essay part of the regents, because I got a perfect score on both essays.

    I think I liked being homeschooled more, because at least there I could be interested in learning more advanced stuff without someone saying it was “wrong.”

  • The Masked Menace

    Yup, that’s new age education for you. Don’t raise the bar, just keep lowering it.

    When I was in school, I never felt much need to put in much effort, either. The work presented to us was so rudimentary and unchallenging, that there simply was no reason to do it. I slept through and/or skipped classes and aced the tests with an average score above 90%. I spent more time learning on my own than from the “teachers.”

    I was truly disgusted that the unionist teachers spent more time trying to brainwash students with their left wing politics, instead doing what they were hired to do… EDUCATE. This happened frequently in grade 11 and grade 12 classes, and eventually, it got to the point when I would have to scold the teacher and walk out.
    Teachers today are only interested in getting paid, and collecting pension in return for services not rendered. We need teachers who are engaging and passionate about educating. From kindergarten through grade 12, I have only ever had three teachers that truly loved teaching. One who openly violated a teacher strike to come to class, even if we didn’t. There needs to be more like that.

  • John Redman

    Poignant.

  • IBleedBlue

    My middle school daughter came home recently saying she felt bad for not speaking out as her history teacher waxed eloquently about Abraham Lincoln being the “greatest POTUS we have seen and probably will ever see” because he freed the slaves.

    I told her to fight the battles worth fighting. It’s the teacher’s classroom but the playground or the lunch table was another story. She could enlighten her classmates there without the scrutiny of politically correct academia censuring her. She tried the tactic over the next few weeks and she said a few, not all, actually went home and started to dig for themselves.

    I gave her a high five and told her “mission accomplished!”

    One student at a time, we can take back our schools.