Teachers are nailed to the standards. Our jobs are beginning to depend on those standards, especially here in CA. We, as teachers, don't make those standards, but we have to do what we can to incorporate them into our curriculum. Do I give two shits about those standards? No, I don't. But, if I ignore them, then I am not doing my job according to the government. Yes, these standards need to be reevaluated. But, I have so much more going on in my life beside my job that I don't have the energy to "fight the powers that be."
Pot, you're assuming I'm talking about only what is relevant to this immediate present. This is not the case, and there is no reason why my curriculum cannot dip just as much into the extents of history as the current methods, except with 25 percent of the time spent on the last century instead of less than 10 percent. The idea is not to just be teaching the present, but to be teaching all the way through the past in accordance with the traceable patterns in all fields of relevance and not just moving from A-B.
Think of The Prince, right? That tiny book is a pretty goddamn good education in itself about all government in general but obviously not so modern. Machiavelli is effective because he doesn't try to teach the Prince by starting with the first ruler ever and proceeding down the line--he goes in subjects, and parses back through history with each subject. As far as I'm concerned, that book might be the best example of an educational text you can find--it's concise and provides excellently reasoned cases with specific examples that cover an extremely wide range of both time and geography. Why can't we design our own system in a similar manner?
TomAz - Yes, but who's to say that these standards fit the current climate and demographic of all of our schools.
So I finally bothered to read this thread in its entirety. Boy do you all like to ramble on.
Tom--you mean about the Christian right? Dude, the truth is I pretty much don't support anything unless I'm the one who's going to be in charge. No, of course I wouldn't be happy about it being designed by the Christian right, but who's to say that it isn't already and that that's our problem that my overhaul might be resolved? American schools' history is overly ethnocentric. Fuck it, I'm going to argue that your hypothesis is not a hypothesis at all but in fact our current reality--we're dealing with the mistakes of a Christian-designed history curriculum, so that's why we need these changes.
Oh my god you fuckers are requiring me to type a shitload here... Courtney, goddammit, I'm exhausted already. But alright, another big long fucking reply post coming...
So, no, I don't think we have a Christian-designed history curriculum, at least not in most places. We have a history curriculum that was designed by a political process which by necessity had to factor in what everybody wanted, christians and othewise.
It must have been too much MTV.
im leaning towards yabs. that fucker.
Why do teachers complain so much about their pay? If the pay was really that bad, nobody would elect to become a teacher.
I reject the idea that teaching is more stressful than most other jobs. All jobs have stress.
Teachers get far more vacation time than nearly every other regular profession. Most working people get 2 lousy weeks of vacation and a few holidays. Teachers get the whole summer off (with pay), along with a very generous list of holidays (such as a week for spring break). On top of this, they usually also get to take at least 2 weeks paid vacation.
Finally, teachers enjoy job security that most people don't. Tenured teachers basically can't be fired, unless they literally commit a crime or violate a major code of ethics. Again, such job security isn't typically seen in other professions. Even non-tenured teachers get way too many "second chances" after screwing up.
Bottom line: Like most professions, teaching has its good points and bad points. I'm tired of teachers acting like they're constantly getting the short end of the stick, because they're not. Furthermore, nearly everyone who goes into teaching is aware of the pay and the requirements of the job. If that's not for you, don't head down that career path.
Everybody Wang Chung tonight.
I wanna hit all my teachers.
And I'm almost positive Ulysses is unreadable, actually. Huxley's fine, but Brave New World didn't really grab me by the balls the way that it seemed to for most people.
lots of jobs with insufficient pay are well staffed.
people take jobs for reasons other than the money, sometimes.
Was our history curriculum designed a political process? If so, was anyone involved non-Christian, do you think? What percentage? We're talking about American politicians here, right? Sounds like it was probably pretty fucking Christian. Like you said, this is a democracy--it doesn't necessarily handle what everybody wants, it handles what the democracy wants.
Right now in OC, we are dealing with a shortage of students. My school is losing 3 teachers because we don't have enough kids. They are all moving out to the 909.
to wit: here's something I just googled and found on Rush Limbaugh's website: the top 5% of earners in the US pay 56% of the taxes. sniff that bullshit.