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Hello from a teacher
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Hello from a teacher

Hello disgruntled students. Let me start off by saying I am not a troll or a liar. I'm a special education middle school teacher in a low-income medium sized urban area in the United States. Sadly, a lot of students like yourselves have grown to hate me. I often wonder if being a part of a compulsory school system makes me part of the problem or part of the solution. It's very important to me to make my living without causing harm to others. I would never be a part of the military, be a part of any kind of war effort or be involved in the creation or distribution of anything that is harmful to humanity or the environment. I got into special education because I wanted to help people with disabilities. And I have helped a lot of young people.

I have also been met with a lot of hostility from students who, in my opinion, have no disability what-so-ever and just plain hate school so they naturally see me as some kind of enemy. However deeply these students do not want to be taught by me, be assurred that I want to teach them even less. I am entirely opposed to compulsory education. If you do not want to be there I do not want you there. I do not want to force anything on anyone ever. I also think students who suppossedly do want to be in school but are frequently disruptive should be quickly expelled from the tradition environment and given some kind of alternative.


There's a lot of things wrong. Students shouldn't be forced to take classes they don't want to take and on the other hand they shouldn't be allowed to take classes they can't handle. I hate being asked to teach algebra to students who still can't multiply and divide, for example. No wonder negative behaviors start brewing! Also, outside of education I am very socially libertarian as well. I believe that drugs should be legalized as it should be an individual's personal choice what he does with his own body. As for minors, drug use is between you and your parents, the government should stay out of it.


On the other hand, I deeply despise violence and think that people who commit violent crimes should be removed from society by means of execution. From an economic standpoint I believe that if the government is going to create a world where people need money to survive they should also provide people with the money. I know even young people will scoff at that kind of idealism but that's my take. Everyone should be provided with a place to live, nutritious food, health care and access to a free education just on the grounds that people have value therefore should be cared for. Well, that's a bit of my story. Maybe I can help some of you see things from a different angle. I know I can learn a lot from the people here as well.

Peace.

If you want to be a different fish, you've got to jump out of the school.


Captain Beefheart
12-06-2009 01:08 AM
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Hello from a teacher - TheCancer - 12-06-2009 01:08 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Specter - 12-06-2009, 01:09 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - psychopath - 12-06-2009, 01:09 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Pieman - 12-06-2009, 01:10 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Faby - 12-06-2009, 01:12 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - TheCancer - 12-06-2009, 01:27 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - TheCancer - 12-06-2009, 01:28 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Ceiling Cat - 12-06-2009, 01:58 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Sunbourn - 12-06-2009, 02:40 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - MorikoMisa - 12-06-2009, 03:14 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - TheCancer - 12-06-2009, 03:36 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Night - 12-06-2009, 03:40 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - TheCancer - 12-06-2009, 03:41 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Night - 12-06-2009, 03:43 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - psychopath - 12-06-2009, 03:43 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Vatman - 12-06-2009, 03:52 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - TheCancer - 12-06-2009, 03:53 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - psychopath - 12-06-2009, 04:07 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - xcriteria - 12-06-2009, 04:34 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Vatman - 12-06-2009, 04:35 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - TheCancer - 12-06-2009, 04:40 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - MorikoMisa - 12-06-2009, 06:02 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Hanny - 12-06-2009, 06:02 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Bob Dole - 12-06-2009, 06:07 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - SoulRiser - 12-06-2009, 07:27 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Loxor - 12-06-2009, 10:36 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - IllusoryDeath - 12-06-2009, 10:43 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Colin - 12-06-2009, 10:53 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - JW791 - 12-06-2009, 01:23 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - TheCancer - 12-06-2009, 04:10 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - TheCancer - 12-06-2009, 04:14 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - TheCancer - 12-06-2009, 04:18 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - aerftghyjk - 12-07-2009, 05:17 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Amortisatie - 12-07-2009, 05:21 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - CrayolaColours - 12-07-2009, 08:31 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Spot-ify - 12-07-2009, 09:27 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - TheCancer - 12-07-2009, 12:55 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - CrayolaColours - 12-07-2009, 01:18 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - TheCancer - 12-07-2009, 01:32 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - CrayolaColours - 12-07-2009, 01:37 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - The Desert Fox - 12-07-2009, 01:50 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Pieman - 12-07-2009, 01:56 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - TheCancer - 12-07-2009, 02:13 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - TheCancer - 12-07-2009, 02:13 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - The Desert Fox - 12-07-2009, 02:16 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - CrayolaColours - 12-07-2009, 02:21 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - TheCancer - 12-07-2009, 02:22 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - CrayolaColours - 12-07-2009, 02:26 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - TheCancer - 12-07-2009, 02:29 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - CrayolaColours - 12-07-2009, 03:00 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - ~Mystery~ - 12-07-2009, 03:15 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Pieman - 12-07-2009, 08:00 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Sociopath - 12-07-2009, 08:57 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Pieman - 12-07-2009, 09:06 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Sociopath - 12-07-2009, 09:09 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Pieman - 12-07-2009, 09:19 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - IllusoryDeath - 12-08-2009, 12:11 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Colin - 12-08-2009, 03:28 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Loxor - 12-08-2009, 03:35 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - aaaaaaasd - 12-08-2009, 05:42 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - IllusoryDeath - 12-08-2009, 06:04 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Loxor - 12-08-2009, 07:25 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Elfy - 12-08-2009, 08:51 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Aviator - 12-08-2009, 10:40 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - CrayolaColours - 12-08-2009, 10:52 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - TheCancer - 12-08-2009, 12:13 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - trisomy-21 - 12-08-2009, 12:22 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Aviator - 12-08-2009, 12:24 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - TheCancer - 12-08-2009, 12:29 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - trisomy-21 - 12-08-2009, 12:29 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - trisomy-21 - 12-08-2009, 12:30 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - CrayolaColours - 12-08-2009, 12:39 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - psychopath - 12-08-2009, 07:48 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Ceiling Cat - 12-08-2009, 08:43 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - The Desert Fox - 12-09-2009, 03:34 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - SoulRiser - 12-09-2009, 03:39 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Colin - 12-09-2009, 03:45 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Blaze_Glory - 12-09-2009, 06:08 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - The Desert Fox - 12-09-2009, 06:10 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - CrayolaColours - 12-09-2009, 06:19 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Spot-ify - 12-09-2009, 09:12 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Loxor - 12-09-2009, 09:13 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - TheCancer - 12-09-2009, 09:20 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Night - 12-09-2009, 09:36 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - IllusoryDeath - 12-09-2009, 10:04 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Sociopath - 12-14-2009, 08:36 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Sociopath - 12-14-2009, 08:38 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - The Desert Fox - 12-14-2009, 08:42 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Sociopath - 12-14-2009, 08:46 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - The Desert Fox - 12-14-2009, 08:48 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Sociopath - 12-14-2009, 08:49 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - The Desert Fox - 12-14-2009, 08:52 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Sociopath - 12-14-2009, 09:02 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - The Desert Fox - 12-14-2009, 09:09 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Sociopath - 12-14-2009, 09:11 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - The Desert Fox - 12-14-2009, 09:12 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Sociopath - 12-14-2009, 09:16 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - The Desert Fox - 12-14-2009, 09:26 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - aaaaaaasd - 12-15-2009, 02:17 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - The Desert Fox - 12-15-2009, 09:12 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - CrayolaColours - 12-15-2009, 09:47 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Ceiling Cat - 12-15-2009, 09:50 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - Loxor - 12-15-2009, 11:24 AM
Re: Hello from a teacher - monkey - 12-19-2009, 04:16 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - ~Mystery~ - 12-19-2009, 05:58 PM
Re: Hello from a teacher - TheCancer - 01-09-2010, 11:00 PM

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