Bob Tate, a senior policy analyst with the National Education Association (NEA) believes that the interaction between a “trained professional educator” and our children is critical to our children’s “social, emotional and intellectual development.” Do “trained professional educators” agree? What do they have to say about their interaction with the children they teach? If the comments made by teachers at The Apple: Where Teachers Meet and Learn, is any indication, public education is in big trouble.
According to its website, The Apple was started by 2003 Jackson Elementary School (Atlanta, GA) Teacher of the Year, Jill Hare. The Apple "...brings members of the education community together to support and advance the profession. The Apple provides resources to promote careers in education, while fostering a community with exclusive benefits where information about the education community is provided to the education community by the community itself." The Apple partnered with careers website Monster.com, whose “vision is to bring people together to advance their lives.”
One of the features of The Apple is a forum for teachers, and one of the forum topics is "10 Things You'd Like to Say...as a Teacher." With contributions written by trained professional teachers from all across the United States, the following list contains the actual thoughts of educators about the children they teach, as they have written them. Be warned, this unedited and uncensored list is raw. As you read it, ask yourself if you would want these people teaching your children.
- "I am only one person students! If I don't get to you today...there's always tomorrow."
- "Well, then why don't you go home and don't come back!"
- "Shut the f*** up, please..."
- "JUST F*** OFF!”
- "WTF are you doing?"
- "Are you really that stupid?"
- "Yes, I talked to your mom, I see the apple didn't fall very far at all."
- "Why? Because I hope you can graduate and get a job rather than live off of 33% of my wages."
- "No, I don't think your girlfriend/boyfriend is hot, I think that you are 2 dogs in heat."
- "I think your parent is disgusting and you really would be better off in a program, at least they feed you there."
- "How about you not come to school high, there are more fun things to do outside when you are stoned."
- "You cannot be THAT dumb!"
- "I wish I could like your Momma should (beat you)"
- "Meet me in the parking lot at 3:30"
- "I don't know how you made it to the 7th grade."
- "I guess there really is a such thing as a STUPID QUESTION"
- "Shut the ____ up"
- "Please use birth control, I really don't to see your kids here in 12 years."
- "Stop having kids!"
- “Wow, your child is really fat and lazy.”
Presumably, the last two comments are directed at parents. Mr. Tate, Ms. Hare, and the folks at Monster.com will have to explain to me how this forum brings people together and advances lives. Are we really expected to believe that teachers who think about their students as these teachers do can adequately mask their feelings and promote healthy “social, emotional and intellectual development?”
So, are you ready to enroll your children in a public school?