This Got Me Heated!

This Got Me Heated!

My high school English teacher posted thisĀ  on Facebook. I wanted to share my response with you as we’ll. I hope I wasn’t too hard on her. Here is what I said:

Bill Maher is a wackadoodle, but he is right about parental involvement a child’s education. Although parents need to be more active in their children’s lives, we can’t blame them for the crumbling education system. California teachers tell their new students every year not to write in the books and not to talk during class. I didn’t learn how to read until I took reading 81 at Rcc after my brain hemorrhage!! In that class I learned a new word only avid students get to learn in public school. The word, annotate! What, I’m supposed to write notes in the margins of my books as I’m reading? Isn’t that against the rule?? C’mon Mrs. Clazie, teach your students how it really is in college! My mom could only teach me good Christian morals. She worked three jobs to support my brother and me. My mom didn’t go to college. Teachers have gone through and succeeded college, so they should be the the ones to correct the system!
Danielle T. F.

11 responses to “This Got Me Heated!

  1. I don’t really think you can blame one group of individuals in this case. Because every parent is different, every teacher is different, and every child is different. However, no thanks to the “no child left behind” act, kids are kind of forced to move on, they can’t be held back anymore.

  2. Christopher Rodriguez

    Many school districts have teachers who have given up on their students or don’t care for the education they’re receiving. Yet, parents are also to blame. Many of them believe that their children are the teachers responsibility, but that’s only during school hours. When the kids go home, it is the parent’s duty to make sure they’re on track.

  3. He really has a sense of humor and has many great points in todays education not succeeding. Many people like blaming the teachers why the students aren’t learning and that there not teaching right. But it also applies to the parents, if they are also teaching there children as well, which many don’t due to thinking that learning only happens in school. I think people just like blaming other people to find a way out instead of thinking of solutions to help students education.

  4. I found this video interesting, many times it is easier to put blame on other people when in reality you might just be looking for an excuse not to blame yourself. I think everyone should check themselves to make sure they are not the problem.

  5. i found this funny and interesting all the more.
    this Bill guy makes some good points.
    however i blame the teachers, parents and the students.
    i have had teachers who really care and i have had teachers who literally come to school for the check.
    when a teacher is not interested or shows no interest the students become uninterested and sometimes its even hard to understand the teachers because they dont really take the time out to make certain things clear.

    i live in a household right now where the father works 6 days a week so he doesnt come home until Sunday because he lives in Riverside but works in the valley so he finds somewhere else to stay for a closer commute, the mother also works however when she gets home shes either too tired or too focused on talking/hanging out with her friends she does not have time for her child who is practically begging for attention that the child 1. feels he can do whatever he wants so he decides to play video games rather than do schoolwork. “no mom i didnt get any homework today” “i did it at school” he says. mom takes his word for it everytime because by actually further questioning him shed be doing her job which is just too much work.
    my mom on the other hand beat knowledge into us. to the point where we eventually ran away from her. maybe thats why my sister doesnt put much pressure on my nephew i dont know.
    i say its the students faults because we cant rely on parents or teachers. anything can happen to where we are on our own and we have to teach ourselves. someone who truly wants to learn will put every effort into learning and thats just the bottom line.

  6. He made an especially good point in the convenient way to fix the problem without us having to change ourselves or spend any money. It is so easy to just assign blame to other people, but it actually takes guts to look inside yourself and to say, “I am the problem.” The American people are much too accustomed to taking the easy way out instead of taking the high road

  7. Wow! Malia’s comentary is so correct. Danielle was fuming when she sent me this video. She has parents that care and has personally had to overcome severe physical handicaps; her parents and friends support her–they give her a hand, not a handout, and she is a first class winner as a student and as a humanitarian, like your Dad. I’m glad we have people like your Dad around to help keep our society on track.

  8. Bill Maher can be a really insane sometime, but he also has times where he makes extremely good points; for example, the point he just made about not blaming teachers. I’m really sick of hearing kids but more so PARENTS complain about how their little Johnny or Jennifer isn’t doing well in school because they had a bad teacher.

    I’ve see it with my Dad since I could remember; he taught in Hawaii when I was a baby and now he’s teaching here in California. My father is such a beloved and wonderful teacher that he has kids stop by his class, or when we go to Hawaii he has kids who he taught 25 years ago stop by our families house just to say hi and thank him. My Dad even goes against what he’s told to do from the government and takes a break from drilling the CST prep for a part of the year, in order to let his kids build California Mission (ya, remember that 4th grade mission project we all did, were you make a little model of a Mission, well they’re trying to take that away to replace with a new government form of learning). My Dad works so hard to not only squeeze in every of the government curriculum, but also tries to make time to teach the kids about science and history (subjects that the gov’t has been trying to pull away from). Any person who walks into his class is usually amazed that he can be so patient, informative and interesting, especially since he’s been teaching for almost thirty years.

    So, what really grinds his gears? Well my father can only do his fair share during the 7 hours a day he’s with them, HE EVEN GIVES ALL OF THE PARENTS HIS PHONE NUMBER IN CASE THEIR CHILD EVER HAS QUESTIONS!! But guess what happens? No calls all year, until the parents coming in screaming, “why does my sweet little angel have a bad grade?!”
    Do you know what the conversations usually go like? “Well do you open your kids backpacks when they come home?” “No.” “Do you encourage them to do well in school?” “No.” “Do you read with them?” “No.” “Do you talk about each others day?” “No.” “Do you ever spend ANY time with your child in helping him improve his education? Do you help him read? Do you help them write? Do you help them with homework? Do you ever call me with questions on how your child is doing?!” “No. No. No. And No.” So there it is, how is my Dad supposed to help mold the bright minds of tomorrow if the parents aren’t doing their jobs.

    I do admit, it is in LARGE part the California State Government’s fault that we have such a crumby education system , but it’s also the parents fault.
    I went to private school, and every night my parents made me sit down, open my back pack and show me every single paper I got at school that day. If I was doing bad in a subject they’d make me hot chocolate, sit me down at the table and study with me until I was ready for a test. Failure in school was not an option in my house.

    Ms. Kollitz, I do agree with you. There are parents who haven’t gone to college, who work hard to support there families, and who work EXTREMELY HARD to support their families. However, the kind of parents Bill Maher is talking about are the kind of parents that my Dad has to deal with today, BUMS. My Dad see’s tens of them flood into the parking lot of his school everyday, parents who take out loans to buy brand new cars, but have kids who are on free/reduced lunch. Parents who are NEVER around; my Dad had one kid who came into a school a complete wreck, because his Mom didn’t provide him with clothes, school supplies, or encouragement. His Mom was too busy going out getting drunk, doing drugs, partying and hanging out with her boyfriend. How is a kid supposed to
    further his education outside of school (which is a key part in developing a young mind) when his parents don’t even care where he ends up? My father can only provide them with the tools of success, he can’t follow them home and spend another 7 hours with each individual kid encouraging them to learn. That’s the parents job. It’s the parents JOB to push their kid to value education and learning, which my father used to see A LOT of parents do; however, that’s just not the case anymore. Today in my Dad’s school in particular, he’s flooded with a class of 40 kids,he sees everyone of them as a huge potential to do something great while he’s with them in class; however, like I said, my Dad can only go so far. He’s not superman, even though when I was 5 I swore he was, he’s just a human. He can only do as much as he can to teach kids and to fight the government oppressiveness over education, he does half the battle. Parents have to do the rest.

  9. I agree with Miss T.F here. I had a similar situation growing up. I had trouble learning English from my parents who came from a foreign land. But the education system, along with American television, has taught me the essentials in reading and writing English.

  10. It was said nicely, wackadoodle

  11. What your mother taught you was as important as what you learned in school; she taught you to be innovative, industrious, and most important–good character.

    Most teachers I know would love to change the system, but beaurocrats are in charge–each individual must take charge of his or her own life and make individual successes in life–Fortunately, you have discovered this for yourself. Keep thinking critically!

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