Why are teachers considered crazy when they talk about the desire for students to sit, listen, work on their lesson and ask question concerning their classwork? What is so terrible about that? Other country’s that excel in education expect that of their students; many of those countries put the students out of school if they do not meet those expectations.
When did becoming a teacher mean being an entertainer, parent, punching bag, referee everything but a disseminator of information?
I remember going to school and seeing a student lose total control towards a teacher and then not seeing that student again. I remember when not doing what teachers asked you to do was grounds for punishment. I remember when I got in some sort of trouble at school the last thing I did was tell my parents. I even remember when the teacher taught a lesson for around 30 minutes and then doing classwork on what we learned for the remaining 20 minutes. I also remember when test scores were not so low and the graduation rate was much higher. Coincidence? I think not!!
I love hearing stories from teachers that actually have the support and respect from their parents and administrators. I love how they are able to communicate with their students and hear the success stories. Although, many of these stories do not include our public schools, they are mostly made up of the private schools; there are enough of them to allow me to believe there is hope for America’s education system.
The ONE common denominator for every educational success story is – the classroom is quiet when necessary; respectful at all times; and when there was time for discussions they were orderly and for the most part pertained to the lesson. You will never hear of a success story where there were five or ten students or even two or three students constantly disrupting the lesson or defiantly taking over classroom discussions with conversation totally unconnected with the lesson. It simply does not happen.
In other words teachers are not crazy for simply wanting to just teach; they are simply crazy for their students and care passionately about their futures.