I am a student studying to become an English teacher. To become a teacher, you must have passion for the subject and students, along with creativity....
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(cont.)effort of trying to keep up with the Chinese who go to school from 7 in the morning to 5 at night 7 days a week and are treated like little parrots from documentaries I have seen. Jenna, a very well written document and you will find most all experienced teachers agreeing with what you said 100%. No 2 children have the same learning styles and scripted learning takes away the ability of the teacher to meet the learning needs of all the students. There is far too much emphasis on standardized testing which do not accurately assess a child's ability.
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Christopher as usual your question doesn't make a lot of sense. So here is a simple answer, these bright ideas are constructed not by educators with years of classroom experience and different learning styles but people who have never been in a classroom who think they know how to write new curricula so they can sell new books and get rid of what was working nicely and ditch all those almost new textbooks. They shoved this latest at everyone without the materials being ready for use with books and manuals or piloting the program in each grade level. As a result they are constantly revising the modules to correct mistakes. Every grade level is put at a disadvantage because the curriculum is based on what was learned the year before in this curriculum which they didn't learn if they are in 6th grade when this came out. Scripted lessons are the most difficult lessons to teach, you become a parrot spitting out what is written by someone else with no room or time for creativity. All in the
Great article Jenna! I am however curious how your Prof's regard your point of view?
Here's my question, and one nobody ever discusses, especially those who make a living via Education: How did we get to a point where student performance became so poor that people felt forced core standards and tests were necessary?
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