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November 28, 2005



Hey, anything that gets you to post here can't be all bad!

No, you're not a snob, just honest. And no, it sn't wrong to want other people to meet you halfway - we all want that, especially when we're putting out a ton of energy toward them. I sure do. Unfortunately, life isn't even-steven most of the time, which makes the moments of connection all that more precious.

Sorry it's hard. Hang in there.


It must be disheartening to have to deal with students who have no real interest in learning. I would be curious to know if the majority of teachers you know have the passion that you seem to have to do a good job because it seems like nowadays that this is not the case. I have a daughter who works very hard in school and who honestly wants to do well and we have found that a great deal of the teachers she has in high school are not very interested in teaching. She actually had one teacher ask her why she was so concerned about her grades...Ummm...what kind of a question is that? I think teachers like you are in the minority but if I'm wrong, let me know.


I work with elementary kids and I feel what you are saying. Even dealing with kids that age it would be nice if more of them actually cared about doing the work.

And I too see those teachers who are lackluster and put up with anything to make the day go by. *sigh*

And we wonder with the kids these days are the way they are.



Kids are the way they are because their parents don't want to teach them values or help their own children with homework. That is part of what makes teachers hate their jobs. They are the only ones expending energy but parents and students are too lazy to meet us halfway. Don't blame the teachers. We went into teaching because we wanted to help. Then I realized anyway, that you can't help people who don't want to help themselves. (that is what it's like to teach in the ghetto Mexican area of southern CA anyway)


Teachers hate their jobs? Most, many (if not all) teachers? What a relief! I thought it was just me. I for one, feel that the diploma should be for those who earn it.

Any kid who doesn't want to work for it, needs to get a paper (without a ceremony) that states they attended (some of the time anyway) a school for 12 years or so, and that's all.

Education is a load of manure anymore. Why didn't someone tell me that when I started college to become an "educator" at the ripe old age of 34?

Anyone know what to do with a BAED besides what was written on the restroom stall walls at my alma mater?


Most teachers I know say "Oh, I love teaching!" I envy them. I envy them because teaching in theory is exciting and enjoyable. But in reality I want to say "I really don't like it. I'm just not happy." The reason is the lack of effort from kids and the lack of concern from parents. Admittedly, most of my kids and their parents are bilingual, often possibly illegal, but you'd think they would recognize that to get ahead and live out the American dream instead of the "Mexican Dream" or the "El Salvador Dream"--who's ever heard of that?), they are going to have to become literate and work hard! My parents don't even contact me when their kids are failing. The state says I have to give all ESL students a 70 artificially if they fail, and the majority of the time, they just didn't bother to think or try hard. I could go on and on, it drives me nuts!


I found a great deal of comfort in this post...I teach seniors in high school who seem more apathetic now than ever. I hate when I hate it too.

Jordans 5

"No difference in the past, non-attachment the future, do not play on the now. Anju now, and happy to live the moment", which Buddhist Feeling deep sentence, which fell heart, the mind immediately let me have far-reaching everywhere cool.


I feel the same way a lot of the time. I'm not even a teacher yet. I'm a junior in college. What gets to me is that we learn all this theory but then the professor says something like, "The first day of school I had no idea what I was doing and everything I learned in college went out the window. I had to rebuild from there." or "Your first 3 years you'll probably be a horrible teacher but if your lucky and have a supportive administration then you'll get better." How is it that everywhere I look I hear about how horrible teachers are and how I will be a horrible teacher? I remember teachers I hated or were horrible and I don't ever want to be them. But every time I hear how I will be one of those, I feel like quitting the profession.

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