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June 13, 2021

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Joan

"The teacher is no longer working for the district"

I like a happy ending.

David

I like a happy ending.

I suppose that depends on whether said teacher winds up in another middle school and with much the same attitude. Which seems quite likely. Note too, which of the participants – the child or the adult educator – is the one having trouble maintaining self-possession.

[ Edited. ]

Nikw211
    "The video includes comments that do not meet the professional standards for educators. They are inappropriate and inexcusable,"

While there's no question that her behaviour was completely unprofessional, I'm nonetheless a little bit uneasy on this one.

If sixth-grade is for 11-12 year old children, the boy who is heard mockingly announcing "I was just trying to be annoying" has a voice that sounds remarkably deeper than you'd expect for a boy of that age.

When I was at school there was a teacher who'd reputedly cried during a lesson some years before. Whether it was true or not was irrelevant - the point was, every class thereafter, including ones I was in, made a concerted and sustained effort to see if they could maker her cry again.

Children, especially in this age group, can be phenomenally cruel to each other as well as to anyone in the vicinity (siblings, parents, peers, teachers).

The teacher was completely unprofessional to have called him a "dick" - and that, I'm certain, is what she actually called him, only later and rather unconvincingly trying to recover it as "dip", short for "dipstick" (which is really not that much better if I think about it) - and all the other things she said.

But it also apparently seems to have been this boy who alleged that the unicorn cupcakes, presented by her out of her own pocket to her students on the last day of class at the end of what has been an exceptionally challenging year for everyone, were some kind of Pride month messaging.

There doesn't seem to be any reason to think that this was the intention, given how widely available unicorn cupcakes are in stores and supermarkets shelves.

So yes, OK, she was in the wrong - but some of the kids out there can try the patience of a saint.

Even more so when they're actively going out of their way to provoke a meltdown.

Patrick Brown

When I was young I knew some people who went into teaching so they could win young souls for Christ. The zealots now belong to a different faith, but th self-righteous dishonesty and cowardice is the same.

David

every class thereafter, including ones I was in, made a concerted and sustained effort to see if they could make her cry again.

I’ve mentioned before a secondary school biology lesson – I think we must’ve been 14 or so - in which we had a substitute teacher who was visibly nervous and struggling to assert her presence. Within seconds, the livelier members of the class had identified her as prey and the half-whispered mockery began. Maybe five minutes in, there was one comically unconvincing threat of detention, which only prompted outright laughter, and then paper planes started flying across the room. In a fit of exasperation, the unfortunate teacher turned to pull down a rolling projector screen to begin her slideshow, only for the whole thing to come detached from the wall. I don’t think she was ever seen at the school again.

But it’s interesting how teaching seems to attract so many people who are fundamentally ill-suited to the job.

Nikw211

I don’t think she was ever seen at the school again

Not entirely surprising given the circumstances.

Things seem to be little better now, according to a recent House of Commons report:

    21.7% of newly qualified entrants to the sector in 2017 were not recorded as working in the state sector two years later. The five year out-of-service-rate for 2014 entrants was 32.6%, the highest rate during the current series, which dates back to 1997. The ten year out- of-service rate for 2009 entrants was 38.8%; this is also the highest rate since 1997

A number of these never come back, but apparently others move into private education as it's less the teaching and more the behaviour of the children that's a leading cause of driving them away (together with an excessive amount of paperwork, much of it for government data monitoring).

But it’s interesting how teaching seems to attract so many people who are fundamentally ill-suited to the job.

Sometimes I wonder if many if not all teachers are fundamentally ill-suited to state-funded public education almost by definition since they are graduates and therefore have a proven interest and enthusiasm for education that won't be shared or even comprehended by a good 60-70% of the children they are going to teach.

The gap in mentality and understanding of what school is for in the eyes of many parents/children on the one hand and teachers on the other is likely to be so wide in some schools as to render any more traditional notions of education seem almost futile (a situation in which 'progressive' methods find a way in as the final nail in the coffin).

I suspect the majority of new trainees are either naive and idealistic or else cynical and opportunistic.

The former need to radically revise their expectations or else turn into something so ethereal that they are no longer affected by what's going on around them.

The latter probably end up as heads of department in no time at all, and if it suits their ambitions, aggressively promote whatever is most likely to win them plaudits (such as CRT, now).

Nikw211

Ersatz life.

David

Ersatz life.

Today’s words are performative and hysteria.

John Lewis

The clearly visible cartons of Kool-Aid on teachers desk were a nice touch.

Herp McDerp

... trying to recover it as "dip", short for "dipstick" ...

No. "Dip" is short for "dipshit."

TomJ

!!!


Has that done it?

svh

Would she call gay kid a "gay jerk"?

svh

*a* gay kid.

Damn fingers.

Chester Draws

Sometimes I wonder if many if not all teachers are fundamentally ill-suited to state-funded public education almost by definition since they are graduates and therefore have a proven interest and enthusiasm for education that won't be shared or even comprehended by a good 60-70% of the children they are going to teach.

There's not much of the world where most kids don't want to learn. Sure, a few blighted inner-city schools face that reality, but not the majority. Kids enjoy learning, and it's not their fault that we have systems that make that difficult for them because basic rules of discipline and personal responsibility are now out of favour.

You can be rude all you want about public schools, but the countries with the best systems are often 100% public. The success of Asian schooling isn't due to them being educated privately. Even in the US there are public schools that compete with private schools. In much of the world being educated privately means you are either foreign or have been expelled from the public system. The US system had more private schools than most of the OECD, but it doesn't mean they do better (far from it, in fact).

In my experience the private system is often much more on-board with progressive ideals than the public system. Witness the current fuss at Eton. Note that the universities in the US that are most woke are private ones. I've taught at private schools, and they aren't that superior -- except in intake.

You really need to go a little deeper than "public sucks" or that "teachers suck".

You might look at things that actually matter. Curriculums that focus on the wrong things. Teacher unions that prevent poor teachers being sacked. Lack of competition within the public sector. An unwillingness to drill kids on basic skills. Poor selection of primary school teachers, preferring enthusiasm over brains. Parents that don't support the teachers when they try to correct their ill-behaved kids. Kids that are obsessed with their phones so much that they can't concentrate on anything else. A culture obsessed with celebrity over talent.

There's many things wrong with modern education, but you need to actually look. Slack-jawed "I hate teachers" really doesn't get us much further forward. Because in the end, you can't have schools without them.

Chester Draws

crap!

David

Has that done it?

The italics overflow was my fault. You can imagine how that chafes.

[ Hurriedly removes evidence of HTML gaffe. ]

Stephanie Richer

Ersatz Life

“This is scary because I only realized this a few days ago . . .”

No matter. Some organization will get you testosterone in a heartbeat.

Research is beginning to suggest connections between birth control and breast cancer, the hypothesis being breasts fully mature with pregnancy, so artificially regulating hormones is detrimental. How much more when people for years pump not regulating but biologically countering hormones into themselves? I do believe there will be a backlash and it will come in the form of medical malpractice lawsuits.

Nikw211

Kids enjoy learning, and it's not their fault that we have systems that make that difficult for them because basic rules of discipline and personal responsibility are now out of favour.

I don't mean this to come across as antagonistic, but genuinely it seems to me that the first part of your sentence ("Kids enjoy learning") is contradicted by the second part ("basic rules of discipline and personal responsibility are now out of favour").

You can be rude all you want about public schools ...

With respect, I really do not think I was being rude about public education at all.

My point is that young graduates who go into teacher training after leaving university are, for the most part have a mentality and attitude, both likely born in their home and social background, that is quite different from the majority of children they are going to become responsible for teaching.


I do not evenI

This means that from the outset they may find it challenging to get into the mindset of students who are just not that interested and who may have very different ideas about the importance of education.

This is particularly true in the UK where many newly qualified teachers find themselves sent into the worst performing state schools - an experience which research from the House of Commons shows sees them dropping out of the profession altogether within two years of qualifying.

Or, as noted, they move into the independent sector not because education there is "better" but because the children, for the most part, are likely to be less disruptive on the whole (and if they are disruptive may be more likely to have parents who support the teacher, not take the side of the child).

Nikw211

Sod it!!

I just pressed post when I was barely done.

Never mind - please ignore.

David

I do not evenI

[ Slides large gin and tonic along bar to Nikw211. ]

Hair of the dog.

Nikw211

Hair of the dog.

Ha ha ha ha, cheers, sir!

[ Mops sweaty brow ]

Good grief!

What's in this?

David

What’s in this?

It’s best not to pull on that thread.

David

If only we were educated and clever, like this chap.

pst314

If only we were educated and clever, like this chap.

Such tiresome pseudo-knowledge. I wonder if getting assaulted repeatedly by black racists would open up his mind.

WTP

If only we were educated and clever, like this chap.

Actually, I am much closer to being like Derik Chauvin than I am to being George Floyd. Similarly I am much closer to being like George Zimmerman than I am to being like Trayvon Martin. This is because I am a, for the most part, law abiding citizen who means no harm to others, takes on some degree of social responsibility in areas other people are benefit from but are afraid to deal with, who doesn't take illegal, highly life threatening/mind altering drugs, and is in many other ways not a burden to society. I'm only uneducated/ignorant not because of the color of my skin, see also George Zimmerman, but because people no longer understand what those words mean...ironic?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

If only we were educated and clever, like this chap.

"Lastly, there isn't an original thought on racism that has ever come from a white mind"

Irony can be pretty ironic, especially coming from a pasty yte sporting afro puffs.

pst314

Actually, I am much closer to being like Derik Chauvin than I am to being George Floyd. Similarly I am much closer to being like George Zimmerman than I am to being like Trayvon Martin...

Yes, yes, and yes again. Bartender, put that man's drinks on my tab.

pst314

"Lastly, there isn't an original thought on racism that has ever come from a white mind"

All the original thoughts that this Superior Being praises are merely clever and not-so-clever lies. And what's more, many of them were invented not by blacks but by pasty white Marxists. (Endless repetition does not transform a crude lie into a clever insight.)

David

Such tiresome pseudo-knowledge.

The absolutist, unequivocal tone is quite something, along with the wholesale, self-satisfied regurgitation. And of course, the presumptuous “we.”

And for no reason whatsoever, I’ll just leave this here.

anon a mouse

Because in the end, you can't have schools without them.

Clearly, we have had very, very different contacts with the "professional" education "system" in 'murrica.

Very different.

Karen M

The absolutist, unequivocal tone is quite something, along with the wholesale, self-satisfied regurgitation.

That.

David

That.

Maybe one day someone will shake him and say, “These aren’t even your own thoughts.”

He’s essentially a parrot. A preening regurgitator.

PiperPaul

He’s essentially a parrot. A preening regurgitator.

See comment above about culture obsessed with celebrity.

pst314

He’s essentially a parrot. A preening regurgitator.

Would a spray bottle of hamster urine shut him up?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

♫♫Men of Twitter, retweet women
If you're not, you're misogynistic,
Green haired harpies stand before ye,
Hear ye not zer screech ?♫♫

Burnsie

If only we were educated and clever, like this chap.

George Floyd did hard time in prison for committing an armed home invasion robbery and sticking his gun into the belly of the pregnant resident. I'm not quite sure he's an aspirational model.

Personally, I just don't have the stamina anymore for a George Floyd lifestyle. Sounds like lots of running, chasing, and hiding involved.

pst314

George Floyd did hard time in prison for committing an armed home invasion robbery and sticking his gun into the belly of the pregnant resident. I'm not quite sure he's an aspirational model.

There are people in America's black slums who think that Jesus lovingly protects gangsters from the police and helps them to commit crimes.

anon a mouse

Would a spray bottle of hamster urine shut him up?

Frankly, I'd much rather find out how you managed to get a hamster to piss in a bottle. That sounds like a great deal of effort...

ComputerLabRat

Men of Twitter, retweet women

Did she just assume gender there? Maybe some of those retweets she has a problem with actually identify as women, so there's no problem.

Interesting how the same people who went after former VP Pence for supposedly wanting to pray away the gay say nothing about the transing away of the gay that's currently going on. Interesting also how the same feminazis who've been railing away at the supposed Patriarchy for a decade have actually run up against a real patriarchy of blokes in frocks, many of whom have had success in the transing away of women.

aelfheld

The caring & compassion of the 'woke' is a wonder to the world.

Sapin

The absolutist, unequivocal tone is quite something, along with the wholesale, self-satisfied regurgitation.

http://www.amnation.com/vfr/archives/004986.html

I am convinced that many Western liberals secretly and inchoately yearn for the imposition of [dhimmitude]. They would prefer being second class but “tolerated” subjects of an Islamic caliphate than continue to bear the burden of being the guilty, power-wielding majority group of the white Christian West.

... Western liberals secretly yearn for their own subjugation because liberalism is, at the end of the day, the demand that one abnegate oneself by treating one’s own people and identity as no more valuable than that of the Other, while doing precisely the opposite of this is the precondition of existing at all, for an individual as for a people.

... This is a new wrinkle, that Westerners are longing to submit to Islam (but not to the one true God). What better home than Islam for self- and God-hating people who are searching for degrading submission? It’s as if Islam were created just for such a time, for such a people: they will get a harsh god who will rule them as they want.

pst314

Frankly, I'd much rather find out how you managed to get a hamster to piss in a bottle. That sounds like a great deal of effort...

Mandatory random drug tests? I thought of asking David, but then decided the answer would be Too Much Information.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Frankly, I'd much rather find out how you managed to get a hamster to piss in a bottle.

Darleen

Just another data point demonstrating that Transgenderism is more about social contagion than actual dysphoria. Classic cult behavior.

David

more about social contagion than actual dysphoria.

I’m still processing the belief that the way to “feel more masculine” is to dye your hair blue.

WTP

I’m still processing the belief that the way to “feel more masculine” is to dye your hair blue.

It's just like how you fight racism by segregation. How eliminating the police and criminal justice system reduces crime and poverty. How letting the government run your life gives you more freedom. In fact, it's exactly how you have to be really, really smart and educated to understand these things.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I’m still processing the belief that the way to “feel more masculine” is to dye your hair blue.

Imitation, you'll note she was also wearing a cape - you can't get much more masculine than Superman.

WTP

Superman?

He's a fairy, I do suppose
Flying through the air in pantyhose
He may be very sexy or even cute
But he looks like a sucker in a blue and red suit
You need a man who's got finesse
And his whole name across his chest
He may be able to fly all through the night
But can he rock a party 'til the early light?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Superman?

Fine, how about muy mas macho blue-haired Blackhawk and his sky mercenaries with their garishly painted XF5Fs ?

Besides, he was way ahead of his time what with Lady Blackhawk who was rocking a miniskirt way before they were a thing. No word if she had Nomex fishnets.

pst314

Meanwhile, in a diverse neighborhood in Washington DC peace and harmony on glorious display.

TimT

Let's pause to think of the foot fetishists.

pst314

Or let's not think of them. That is a creepy website.

TimT

That is a creepy website.

Trashberg is good old-fashioned scurrilous journalism, though as for the foot fetishists website, absolutely.

David

Let’s pause to think of the foot fetishists.

WikiFeet, a website that exists for the express purpose of rating and reviewing the feet of various public figures,

I have to say, that held my attention longer than expected.

Karl
In 1996, the discovery of “Kennewick Man,” an 8,400 year-old Paleoindian skeleton along the Columbia River in southern Washington State, gave rise to a struggle between scientists and Native American activists. ... James Chatters, who had received a Corps of Engineers permit to excavate the skeleton, had intended to transport it to the Smithsonian Institution, where other experts could examine it. However, the Corps seized the skeleton, announced its intention to turn it over to Indian tribal claimants, and buried the location of the find with 600 tons of rock and fill to prevent further discoveries.

Follow the science!

pst314

I have to say, that held my attention longer than expected.

[ raises eyebrow ]

pst314

In 1996, the discovery of “Kennewick Man,”...

I read something about that back in the late 90's. As I recall, some archaeological findings threatened Native American religious origin myths, as they pointed to a second, older wave of immigration from Asia. (And theory of immigration from Asia is at odds with those origin myths.)

Karl

Native American religious origin myths

Indeed, from the same article "...stories of supernatural creatures, such as a trickster coyote who had a big steamboat that he used to float down the Columbia River"

Sounds legit to me - and nothing to do with their elders' access to children's TV programs!

pst314

"a trickster coyote who had a big steamboat that he used to float down the Columbia River"!

Funny, isn't it, how such Native Americans could insist that such a story predates the arrival of Europeans and their steamboats. We must not surmise that the Noble Injuns might lie.

anon a mouse

We must not surmise that the Noble Injuns might lie.

Of course not. Now where's my turtle, damnit....

Farnsworth M Muldoon

"a trickster coyote who had a big steamboat that he used to float down the Columbia River"!

In the myth, was the coyote chasing a roadrunner ?

Pat

See also here and here.

Lecturers at the University of New South Wales “have been warned off making the familiar statement in class that ‘Aboriginal people have been in Australia for 40,000 years’,” The Australian reports. Instead, they should state that “Aborigines have been here ‘since the beginning of the Dreaming/s’ because this ‘reflects the beliefs of many Indigenous Australians that they have always been in Australia, from the beginning of time, and came from the land’.”
Governor Squid

Such tiresome pseudo-knowledge.

Geeenyus actually says, "Because as white people we will always be closer to perpetuating the goals of white supremacy than we are to experiencing them."

Which is horseshit, since most of you lazy YTs are happy to let us evil overlords do all the heavy lifting while you kick back and enjoy the benefits.

Arkadiy

with 600 tons of rock and fill to prevent further discoveries.

I see a future Indiana Jones movie!

TimT

In 1996, the discovery of “Kennewick Man,”...

It's a bit complicated, as I understand it, because Indigenous peoples rightly object to the common practice of institutions just dispensing the bones of their ancestors for research, a custom which is more or less grave robbing with a respectable name.

In Australia, a piece of woke history - Bruce Pascoe's 'Dark Emu' - claiming the status of 'agriculturalists' for our Indigenous inhabitants - has encountered some serious scholarly pushback.

Pascoe mainly cites non-Aboriginal sources. There is no real “voice” given to the few remaining people who lived traditional lives as youngsters, or are cited in books or articles.

While some have described Dark Emu as fabrication, Sutton and Walshe are more measured. They methodically show that in Dark Emu, Pascoe has removed significant passages from publications that contradict his major objectives. This boosts his contention that all along Aboriginal people were farmers and/or aquaculturalists.

Anyway, see what you think - more at the link.

pst314

In Australia, a piece of woke history - Bruce Pascoe's 'Dark Emu' - claiming the status of 'agriculturalists' for our Indigenous inhabitants - has encountered some serious scholarly pushback.

Selective quotation and the omission of evidence that does not support a thesis has been traditionally regarded as a gravely serious violation of scholarly ethics. But perhaps it is now seen as justified when done in the service of the left.

David

Selective quotation and the omission of evidence that does not support a thesis has been traditionally regarded as a gravely serious violation of scholarly ethics. But perhaps it is now seen as justified when done in the service of the left.

Even the supposedly frank and critical piece has its own oddities. Apparently, an arrested Stone-Age society whose members didn’t think to plant or water the seeds that they occasionally threw about, along with pebbles and dust, and so never arrived at agriculture, mustn’t be thought of as in any way “simple” or “primitive,” relative to other societies of the time, as this would be “racist.” Instead, we’re told that these ossified communities “left an extremely light carbon footprint” and didn’t suffer from “overcrowding.”

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