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Teachers Battered From Above And Below

BURLINGTON, Ontario, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Do parents really know what goes on in many schools?  How students shrug off their classwork?  How they use cell phones in the classroom?  How they behave towards teachers?  How the academic challenge continues to be eroded to accommodate appearances?

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Chris Williams is a retired teacher with twenty-eight years of experience in the classroom at various schools, levels and institutions.  She has written a novel that she hopes will open eyes to some of the namby-pamby policies in schools today. 

Some stress is good for us. Too much stress is not. In schools, for teachers, it is rampant, and in a way that may have serious implications for students and society in the long run.  

  • weak discipline at home and at school. ("I only do what I want to do.", "I want to socialize with my friends. I'll do the work at home.")
  • standards lowered and results spun to make it look as if all students were achieving and all administrators were doing a good job (Everybody can't be excellent.)
  • marks given when no work was done; schemes for passing kids who have done poorly all semester  ("You can't give a zero"; "Credit Recovery"  Make the 'numbers' look good.)
  • lack of teamwork between staff and administration (Administrators change the marks the teacher calculated and the student earned. Administrators often do not uphold or even follow their own rules.)
  • a governing body that has lost touch with the classroom teacher (New policies and curricula being sent out without clear thought of how they will impact the teacher and only unrealistic ideas about how they will affect the student.)

It is sad for society because today's students all learn that there are no consequences for careless or hazardous behavior and they have figured out that they don't have to work to pass a course or graduate. Students do not respect teachers because the public, the ministry and the administrators have no regard for teachers, yet these same people expect teachers to make up for all the deficiencies our fast paced, modern commercial and technology-directed society creates in the upbringing of our youth.

It is frustrating for many students, because from grade one to grade twelve too many students do not learn how to learn, how to work, how to try harder, how to be responsible, how to show up on time, how to dress for work, how to be polite, how to respect their superiors, how to be independent with parents hovering around.  At school, they earn no self-esteem and often have no confidence because everything is given to them or made easy for them. Excuses are conjured for all kinds of deficiencies in work or behavior.  Failure is a learning opportunity denied to them.  When they graduate, they expect to soar to the executive suite because we are teaching them that they don't have to earn their way to the top as a part of a working team.  Sadly, many kids know it and  are angry, while in the real world they lose their jobs.

Media Contact: Ghislaine Dean, Ghi Dean Communications, 9056372054, ghi.dean@cogeco.ca

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