Comments: A Letter From The Teacher, #13: New Year's Resolutions

Re resolve (1), what texts do you have in mind?

Art

Posted by Art at August 9, 2011 12:12 PM

I truly hate the thought that so much money is wasted (#1) on such nonsense as 'consultants'! They waste valuable time and money that could be better spent in so many other places. The various Dept. of Ed push this stuff to help build bigger empires. Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I believe most of this stuff is pushed from the federal government so that local school districts meet requirements generated from the feds.
Oh, if only all teachers were as dedicated as "Mr. English Teacher" our children would truly receive an excellent education!!!

Posted by carol at August 9, 2011 08:21 PM

Dear Art:

As I didn't mention texts in #1, I'm afraid I can't respond. Can you clarify your question please?

Posted by Mike Mc at August 9, 2011 08:38 PM

Sorry Mike.

No. 10 was listed as "1" and I did not notice the mistake. It is number 10 where you intend to introduce more civic awareness into your English class. What texts do you have in mind for this?

Art

Posted by Art at August 9, 2011 08:54 PM

Dear Art:

Ah! Now I know what you mean. In education, we generally have only one public-supplied textbook of literature. They're generally not terrible, but are big on multi-culti sort of stuff. What I'm referring to is using all of the literature, even writing assignments, to deal with the realities of human nature and what that means in daily living rather than utopian theories of perfecting people. Of course, I'll remind the kids of the virtue we should expect in every American, such as self-reliance, altruism, courage, honesty, honor, self-respect (not self-esteem), and an appreciation for all that makes America unique.

I hope this gives you a better idea of my intentions. Thanks for asking!

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