My journey from college Freshman at Ohio University to English teacher. I'll get there eventually (Three years to be exact)
ME: "Well it must be nice being a straight, white, cis, male born in the most powerful and richest country in the world. But please, check your privilege at the door."
I’m gonna tell you why I hate this. Teachers make shit money to walk into a school full of careless teenagers and try their hardest to help them learn what they need to in order to graduate. It is not their job to fully educate you; it is BOTH the teacher’s and the student’s job. How can you expect yourself to ace a test if the teacher did their best giving you homework and studying material and you did nothing at all with it? You are the key in your education, not the teacher. You have to help yourself learn as well. Hell, you could teach yourself quantum physics without anyone’s help. All you have to do is read and study and think. So don’t blame teachers for failing a test, unless you tried your hardest and they didn’t at all. School is a team effort between the teacher and the student.
Have you read this gem yet? It is a wonderful look at little things we can do to make revision more fruitful!
Diane Ravitch on The Daily Show.
Ravitch is the queen. If only the government would listen…
We would also address poverty directly. We would increase the minimum wage and make post-secondary education cheap or free, and we’d improve improve unemployment benefits and offer free job-training to the unemployed.
Poverty is one of the few social ills where throwing money at the problem really does seem to work.
These are not radical, liberal ideas. In fact, in Europe most of them are associated with the more conservative parties, and many of them were associated with the American Republican party in the 80s. But the United States’s political climate is so different from anywhere else in the industrialized world that I fear we will just continue to get farther behind in education (and in % of people living in poverty) until we decide to make some big domestic investments.
Let me make something clear right up front: you have no real idea what it’s like to be discriminated against on the basis of race. Neither do I. You know why? Because we’re white. We’re white people in America, and that means almost every aspect of the country we live in is geared toward us: 99% of books, television, film, magazines, and even porn is made for us and represents us. Maybe you read (though for some reason I deeply doubt it) my article on the absurdity of #WhiteGirlsRock. It’s absurd because white people don’t need an extra reminder of their value…because it’s reaffirmed for them (for us) every single day by the people we see in the media, by the people that run this country, and yes, even by the people that act as our educators. American education has long been under fire by people who use their brains over the continued teaching that Christopher Columbus was a great dude and a hero and someone we should all celebrate year after year. But you probably still think that, don’t you?