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  •  My dad taught college English for 40 years (12+ / 0-)

    and retired in 2000.   And already (well pre-NCLB) he was becoming frustrated by what he felt was marked deterioration in the skills and behavior of entering students.  It's not that he was an across-the-board curmudgeon -- he was active in the civil rights movement, and supportive of student political involvement against the Vietnam war, in favor of divestment from apartheid South Africa, and so on.  But he was disgusted by the idea that even upper-division students would be so lacking in seriousness as to habitually disrupt class with side conversations and phone calls, or routinely dispute lackluster grades in the face of clear criteria and explicit feedback.  

    Perhaps it is human nature to feel that the world has ALWAYS been going to hell in a handbasket.  But I was seeing it too, in my teaching at the HS and JH levels.

    We can't put it all on counter-productive curricular measures.  There are some basic social dynamics of courtesy and motivation that haven't been conveyed to way too many unlucky young people.  

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 02:25:43 PM PST

    •  Well I remember that kind of crap from (1+ / 0-)
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      when I was in high school and that was well before the "zero tolerance" insanity started and from the looks of it things have gotten worse.  In both my experience at school and experience working with schools teachers may be good, bad, or average but administrators are often the worst to deal with.

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 06:48:51 PM PST

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    •  Thank you for making the point (1+ / 0-)
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      that the problem teacherken describes has gone back long before NCLB and A Nation at Risk.

      A Nation at Risk came about because of what your father saw.

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