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Subject: Re: Do you encourage students to go into teachin Date: 5/25/2013 1:55 PM
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A bit late in responding to this, but I am a teacher (CT) who is pulling out now. My wife is getting out now. My daughter is a fairly new teacher who is getting out.

The reasons are two-fold.

Yes, the parents now expect us to raise their children for them. On the other hand, teaching their children to be polite, do their homework, or simply not giving their very special treasure an A just for breathing is offensive, as it indicates that the parents are deficient. I qualify this by saying that 95% of parents are wonderful. The other 5% have the Superintendent's lawyer on speed dial.

Secondly, the politicians in CT are trying to out-do No Child Left Behind with one ridiculous law after another, including requiring enough additional schooling to make CT teachers qualified to teach at Harvard, having teachers evaluated by how students do on standardized tests even if the test does not cover that teacher's subject, having teachers evaluated by the parents...

I am conflicted, because this country is in desperate need of education, but on the other hand has no respect for it either. Doomed, I guess.

But I would not encourage any student of mine to subject themselves to the indignity of being a public school teacher.
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