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Aug. 8th, 2008 | 07:19 pm
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That pissed me off, it was the comments to the article that infuriated me!!

I woke this morning reading the news, like I always do, and read this article:

http://starbulletin.com/2008/08/08/news/story04.html

I was afraid this would happen. The trip that I was fortunate to go on this summer was not all fun and games, as the paper makes it look to be. What it fails to mention is the 8 hours a day of workshops and sessions that we, the attendees, were required to take. Furthermore, there was a reflective journal on how the conference would reflect in our practice that we were also required to write.

In spite of all of that, the ignorance of the public have spoken. I began reading the comments and it was one flame after the other. Even my posted defense of all the educators that attended was shot down faster that a Japanese plane flying over US territory in WWII.

You can read the article, but take a look at the comments to the article. With in less than 12 hour, it broke nearly 300 comments (most of it mudslinging and bashing teachers). Teaching seems to be one of the most hated, most underpaid, and hardworking professions out there, but yet, no one wants to really do it.

Luckily, I was able to pull one awesome post, that supported the teachers in the big pile of shit blog. That made my night, really.

Oh and don't worry, regardless of that blog, I still love teaching. I still love working with my students each and everyday. Sure I spend over $200 a month out of my pocket for my students, but we I see them engage in reading, understanding math concepts and become excited for a story that they themselves have wrote, $200+ is more than worth it, really.

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hisensei808

From: hisensei808
Date: Aug. 10th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
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Sadly, you are right. thanks for the support. People who are not in the profession, just don't quite understand all that teachers sacrifice for their students. Trust me, it's a great deal of time and money, but I know that you know that. Thanks for everything!

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From: reyvin
Date: Aug. 9th, 2008 09:56 am (UTC)
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Unfortunately, I don't have time to read all that at the moment but I'm not surprised to hear about it. It seems some of the most necessary professions in our country are also the most underpaid and unappreciated. Teachers, cops, etc. The people going out of their way for us every day, the ones we couldn't live without, literally in some cases...everyone disregards. And then sports players get paid millions. It's just wrong. I'm sorry that happens to you but I appreciate you continuing to do what you do.

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hisensei808

From: hisensei808
Date: Aug. 10th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Trust me, it was nothing spectacular. there were some heart warming comments, but the majority were negative beyond the need to be.

But thank you for your support.

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Blue_Eye

From: blue_eye
Date: Aug. 9th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
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I notice a lot of hatred for teachers in general and I never understood why.

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hisensei808

From: hisensei808
Date: Aug. 10th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
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Quite frankly, neither do I. I find it quite mind bogging. People hating the people that sacrifice so much for other people's children?? Go figure. /thanks for the comment.

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Sapphire Phoenix

From: sapphire_heaven
Date: Aug. 10th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
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Wow, I don't think I'll be able to read all of the responses, but the top ones are pretty harsh. Reading the article itself, I think the story was twisted in a way to make it sound highly suspicious and questionable. The 90% of people who don't know any other information about this trip are already programed to think this trip was a state-paid vacation though that article.

I think for one year the schools should make parent pay for the things teachers normally would pay for out of their own pocket, just so the parents learn to appreciate how much money teachers have to spend to give children a good education.

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hisensei808

From: hisensei808
Date: Aug. 10th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
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That would be a wonderful idea, but how do you track who paid what?? Furthermore, there is the time issue. In the end, it would be better for us, the teachers, just to buy what we need instead of rely on some parent to buy it for us.

But I do agree, that there are always the people you pass judgement without really knowing the whole details. That angers me. Companies that pay for their employees to better themselves and their skills for the company, don't get any heat from the public, but in the department of education, we get the biggest heat (obviously).

Thanks for your support though.

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Jekka

From: j_e_k_k_a
Date: Aug. 10th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
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I still love working with my students each and everyday. Sure I spend over $200 a month out of my pocket for my students, but we I see them engage in reading, understanding math concepts and become excited for a story that they themselves have wrote, $200+ is more than worth it, really.

You have so much power amongst your students as a teacher and it's really heart-warming that you're willing to do so much. I read some of the comments on the news story, I really can't fucking believe how stupid people have become. FOUR people said you were "nuts" on there OMG O.O what assholes

Don't feel unappreciated hun, you're a great teacher and you love your job, that's all that matters ^.^

Edited at 2008-08-10 02:12 am (UTC)

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hisensei808

From: hisensei808
Date: Aug. 10th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for your comment. Yes, you are right, I am do love it and I will continue to do it regardless of what others may think. Yes, people from the blog were heartless and mindless twits who obviously know nothing about the filed of education. It just kills me that the very people who pour their hearts and soul into their profession are the very ones who are ridiculed and hated by society. Sure it may not be everyone, but it is a large group.

Teachers are the butt-end of many jokes, my personal favorite "Those who can't do, teach." How can you teach something that you can't do?? I can't play the guitar, thus don't expect me to teach it.

But thanks for your support. It is people like you that encourage us to stay in the profession.

Take care.

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Master of RS Fashion! =D

From: st_squiggy
Date: Aug. 11th, 2008 07:48 am (UTC)
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That is pretty messed up that the ones banging on your door are the ones who won't take up the reins to teach themselves. It's like hating something for the heck of it but in the end it really wasn't a bad thing :(. I thought about being a teacher once, but I really didn't think I had the understanding for it all. You should be proud of what you do, and keep doing it like you do, because you do one heck of a job XD.

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