[QUOTE=palmetto defender;4495142]A teacher's job is to deliver. No deliver=no job.
Why is it any different from a national sales manager (or any other level) who does not deliver the sales numbers? Or the marketing VP who fails on profit? Or the production manager who can't delever the amount of finished product needed?
Teachers have been hiding WAY too long. I do agree that parents area big part of the problem. Teacher's job to get through to mommy and daddy.[/QUOTE]
Wow, really? Compare a teacher to sales is ridiculous. A sales person has control over selling the product. If he is a great salesman then he will sell his product to his audience. He is also selling his product in an environment that is somewhat interested in buying. I dont get a choice of my audience. Much of my audience has little to no interst in the product Im selling. Teachers have little to no control over a 12 year old taking the information presented and then applying it. Last time I looked most 12 year olds do not like homework, they dont like math either. You could be the greatest "salesman" for math but to a 12 year old he or she aint buyin,' no matter what. 12 year olds go through changes, changes that affect their personalities, affect their response to adults. Children's hormones are constantly changing. The salesman doesnt have to deal with that in any amount of comparable numbers. I have an entire classroom of students who's hormones are affecting their personalities 100% of the time. Last time I looked, 12 year olds deal with many of these issues irrationally. Sometimes the issues are health and divorce. Pretty serious stuff that salesman dont have to factor into when selling their product.
I give homework just about every night. I get about 50 to 65% complete on a daily basis. I should be fired because of this? I did my job. I supplied the students with homework. Its up to the student and parent to apply what has been learned. With that logic should we fire the doctor who prescribes medicine to the patient who refuses to take it and dies?
My job is to also get through to "mommy and daddy?" I really hope you are joking. Being that you speak with such confidence, how might you address this? I call the parents of my lowest level students mostly with no response. Many of these parents dont have working phones or have severe issues themselves and dont want to deal with their kids at all. There are also parent teacher nights, emails, and phone to contact the teacher on the part of interested parents. Most of the lowest level students parent's I NEVER get a response from. Should I be required to go to there house too?
You my friend are out of touch with what currently is going on in classrooms and how little teachers are supplied with the necessary resources to be successful.
But I get it, its much easier to listen to corporate America, who controls the media, and their quest to get rid of unions.
Last edited by copernicus; 06-19-2012 at 11:07 AM.