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Initial post: Oct 31, 2007 10:35:19 AM PDT
Celebrian says:
Doesn't anyone ever feel overwhelmed with their education? I feel like I am dumb most of the times. Expecially my english class. I do not really like my professor, I actually think that she and I have personality clashes. I don't know...I just feel like I'm turning circles.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2007 4:55:01 PM PST
Lee says:
Overwhelmed, yes. Willing to submit to quitting, never. Personally I feel that self-education is the most important. But SELF-education includes the possibility that we will be fortunate enough to find a (or many) professor(s) who are willing to still EDUCATE despite or in spite of their financial or contractual situations with their current college or university status. Education is the key, albeit SELF-education, ultimately.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2007 5:59:12 PM PST
MLS says:
Everyone gets overwhelmed sometimes. English isn't my native language but I'm pretty sure they'll understand if I make mistakes. Some of them can't spell either so what the heck. lol...move on..just keep going. =)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2008 7:36:29 PM PST
Listen up folks:
If you look on the religion forums there are literally thousands of Christians and anti-Christians touting their scholarship, smashing each other's assumptions, and keeping a dialogue going.

Here in the education forum, there is nothing! Doesn't that scare you?

I happen to be a teacher that cares about what and how we teach our kids to live in the world. I want them to be questioning, knowledgeable, and successful. Due to the sad response here so far, I'm afraid that
a) teachers are too stupid to continue this dialogue
b) they're too tired and overworked and under-payed
c) they don't give a damn

Please post here with e) because too much is at stake!

If you have questions for more experienced teachers post them. If you want to bash teachers and make us smell the coffee...had mine here! If you think that our political focus on our educational problems is wrong post here! I'll respond even to an insult. I'm desperate for parents, teachers and administrators to actually do more than show up at work/home in order to babysit as the job requires. I'm asking people to work together to create a dialogue of truth about these issues:

Why is the No Child Left Behind strategy making things worse or better?
Why are parents and administrators finding it so convenient to put the onus only on teachers?
Why are teachers blaming parents and administrators?
Why are kids just not learning the way they are expected to?

I've got more, but if this doesn't get dialogue going what will?
Come out of your comfort zone and ask a question, state a theory and ask for feedback, or just get involved!

Is Education for Our Children Important in America at All? Is it to You?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2008 1:44:56 PM PST
jaylee says:
Please know, Celebrian, that you are not alone. i feel that way, my children feel that way, I see the fear and the disillusionment everywhere I go. Ironically, through this cold technology called the internet we are going to find each other. Hang in there. The shift has begun and just like the climate crisis, and the religious wars, the cycle will right itself. We're not doomed, we're just in transition. Education has to change as well in order to comprehend its own power. cs destiny

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2008 10:45:09 AM PDT
Kelly Carey says:
We have created a comprehensive core curriculum for teachers like you. Please take a look and if you want more information, email me.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2008 8:42:43 AM PDT
'probabilist says:

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2008 10:29:25 PM PDT
You ask "Why is the No Child Left Behind strategy making things worse or better?"

High stakes standardized tests are the reason American's do better at multiple choice tests than at thinking and synthesis. Teaching to the test has become not just an accepted, but an expected practice. I think parents can blame teachers and administrators for what happens in the classroom, but they have the responsibility to provide their kids with free-choice learning opportunities at museums and other cultural institutions.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2008 4:12:29 PM PDT
M. Long says:
I agree with Lee. College can be tough at times. My mother even suggested that I quit and work in a discount chain store. However, failure was not an option for me. I just would not have it. I knew that I was going to become a professional educator even if it took me six years. I have found that there were classes that I took because I had to. I thought that I did not get much out of it at the time but found that when the course was finished I had developed a new appreciation for the subject.

Now sometimes the professors do rub you the wrong way or maybe their teaching style is not suited to your learning needs. I had to take a stats class in college and math has never been a strong point for me. I took it once with a very interesting female professor who assumed that everyone knew what she was talking about. I failed the class under her instruction. Twice! The next semester (after talking with a few classmates) I took the class again with a different instructor. I got a B. The professor was very helpful, explained things in a way that I could understand, and helped me with any problems during office hours.

The way I see it education is what you (and are allowed to) make of it. Students who really want to learn and focus mainly on that will do great. I'm not saying that you should not have a social life but for me personally I saw a direct correlation between the years in college that I went out on Thursday nights and the crappy grades I got during this point in time. Just stay focused, ask for help, talk to other students/professors, and NEVER GIVE UP.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2008 2:45:13 PM PDT
Please take a look at TEACHING LIFE: LETTERS FROM A LIFE IN LITERATURE by Dale Salwak.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2008 8:43:59 PM PDT
Kathy says:
Education for all our children is extremely important.
The problem is society (U.S.). It is no longer possible for one parent to make a living. But now that both parents are working the housework and parenting are not being shared. There used to be a saying that it takes a village to raise a child. Now there is just (usually) Mom. She is supposed to work 40 hours a week, come home and fix dinner and clean the house and take care of baths and bedtime and make sure everything is ready for the next day. That's how I had to do it. That's why I'm in school now.
Teachers get it just as bad. They are not only supposed to teach our children but they have to be day care too. And students can get away with almost anything because there is no allowed discipline. If the students break the law there's help but if they just won't behave you're out of luck.
Then there's the money problem. Not enough to pay Teachers decently, not enough for equipment, materials, books, etc. But there's plenty of money for the legislators and administration.
Hope this will get the discussion going

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2008 7:42:58 PM PDT
Just keep on doing your best. If you give up, you won't gain anything. I think most people feel overwhelmed from time to time.
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