October 28, 2005

Violence against students

My first response to this post by Aaron was "oh come off it!" It seemed to demean the word violence, and those who suffer it (as another reader commented). But then I read this and changed my mind. Bear in mind that the article was written by someone who has, as he writes, won awards for Best Teacher of this and that. It is worth reading. But then the question comes, what do you do about it? Pull your kids out of school? Quit your job (if you're a teacher)? Get yourself fired?

One sentence that caught my attention was this:
It only takes about 50 contact hours to transmit basic literacy and math skills well enough that kids can be self-teachers from then on.
I wonder what this based on? How it is "calculated"?

All this isn't making me feel any better about teaching in an institution.

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