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My 7 year old son was shot down by his 1st grade teacher
The american public education system in a nutshell tho
My third grade teacher actually had a conversation with my mom that I was reading to well and told her to stop having me read at home
My first grade teacher said that it was problematic that I was reading ahead of the rest of the kids in my grade and asked my parents to stop letting me read Harry Potter.
My fourth grade teacher thought it was wrong for my dad to be teaching me complex math because it fascinated me.
My elementary school music teacher hated the way my piano teacher taught me, and how I was more advanced than many of her students, and so told me, in front of my peers and my mother, that I was not good enough to participate in the state solo festival. She would not give me the form. We had to procure it from the district instead. She also hated how I excelled at reading and playing music for the recorder, and so she refused to give me my “belts” (colored beads to signify our level) and humiliated me in front of the class repeatedly.
My eighth grade algebra teacher used to fail me on take home tests because I didn’t solve problems exactly the way she showed us in class; I used methods that we had learned for other types of problems that also applied to these. She took points off my tests because I didn’t bring a calculator even though I got 100% without it, because I was able to do it by hand. I had to call my father, who is an engineer, down to the school to shout her down and give me back my A in the class.
My 10th grade Spanish teacher yelled at me in front of the class numerous times because she didn’t like the way I took notes; she thought that since I didn’t write every word off the slide, I wasn’t getting it all down. I had to explain to her that people who have taken advanced courses, like AP or IB classes, know that in a fast-paced learning environment you need to take quick shorthand notes that contain the necessary information rather than wasting time writing every word. She almost gave me detention.
My 11th grade English teacher gave me a poor mark on my first short essay because she believed that I was looking up unnecessarily complex words in a thesaurus to try and get better marks. The phrases in question: “laced with expletives” and “bombarded”. She wouldn’t hear any defense from me.
My 11th grade history teacher failed me on an essay about the 1950s because I misread the prompt. Except the prompt wasn’t words; it was a political cartoon. One of the figures was clearly president Eisenhower, but the other I couldn’t place. My teacher would not tell us who it was. I labelled him as the governor of Little Rock Arkansas during the integration period, and wrote an essay about that subject. My teacher said that no, it was Joseph McCarthy, and that there was a small picture of the man in our textbook and therefore I should have recognized him instantly. Half the class, apparently, did not.
The American school system is not here to educate us or to encourage us to learn; it’s here to keep us in line and silent. It’s here to keep us from deviating and being our own people and forming our own ideas. Don’t let it win.
Oh my god. I am so sorry that you had such a shitty education. You’re clearly super intelligent and didn’t deserve that. The American education system is flawed as hell, but, and I feel like the non Americans tumblr should know, most of our education system does not function in this way.
In kindergarten, we took a field trip to a beach filled with seagrass so that we could see creatures in theirs natural environment and learn about ecosystems. They encouraged us to think above our “grade level.”
In second grade, my teacher acknowledged that I read above my grade level and would recommend books for me and force me to challenge myself during our scheduled reading time. I will always be thankful for this.
In third grade, my teacher read us the first 3 Harry Potters (with us following along) because she wanted to increase our vocabulary, allow us to read something longer than most of us had ever read, and encouraged our imagination.
In 7th grade, our teacher encouraged us to find people who has lives through history because she knew that that was one of the best ways for us to learn. We had a video project about someone from World War II and I learned more from that than I did from a text book.
My 9th and 10th grade English teacher used to work after school with kids who needed help and was always there to talk you through a difficult essay prompt because he wanted everyone to be able to learn and do as well as possible.
My 12th grade math teacher refuses to cut anyone slack due to senioritis and I learned more about precal that year than I did in college.
None of these things are extraordinary. None. They’re pretty common in schools across America. Yes, many schools teach to the test and we need academic reform but please do not allow the many people from different countries think that your experience in the norm. There are thousands of brilliant teachers in America.
it’s been years since i’ve first seen this comic and i still think it has one of the best punchline delivers of anything i’ve ever seen
Broadway Backwards 2014 was filled with romantic love songs, including Jonathan Groff tenderly performing “Goodnight My Someone” from The Music Man. (video)
Now try and tell me women overreact and that we have nothing to be afraid of. There are people supporting what this guy did, he killed innocent people because women had rejected him, because he wasn’t popular, because he was a virgin at 22. People are making excuses for him and his actions, women are being told that murder is what they should expect when they reject unwanted sexual advances. I should not be afraid for my life because I say no.
FUCK THIS GUY.
Will Ferrell brings out the secret weapon - more cowbell - in his drum-off against Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers!
Disney is promising a HUGE amount of walk-around characters at their Rock Your Disney Side twenty-four hour event. To promote the event, they gathered together 140 of ‘em for a panoramic pic. Click to enlarge!