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August 22, 2005

Workplace Issues - Students At What Cost?

Hello everyone!

Tell me if this sounds familiar.

You have a young student in your class who just isn't keeping up. You've worked with him overtime to help him, but quite simply, he just needs a slower paced class. You approach the administrator to let them know that the student needs to be moved to another class, but your request is ignored. You wait weeks, and when no action is taken you ask why. The answer? The school doesn't want to risk insulting, and then losing, the student.

Sigh.

Sometimes it's difficult to make peace between teaching and the politics of the school. I imagine that this varies widely, depending on which culture you're teaching in, but I've experienced this type of scenario both in Mexico and Japan.

As teachers, we want to give the absolute best to our students, but oftentimes we're restricted by the rules and opinions of the schools.

But that still doesn't make it fair.

Is there a perfect school? I doubt it. But are there schools that put the student's needs first, irregardless of what it means to their pocketbooks? I imagine that there are a few.

But since most of us work in environments where tuitions come before learning, we have to make the most of the situations. And for me, that means a lot of overtime tutoring slower students and paying special attention to those who feel overwhelmed because they're simply grouped together with others who are ahead of them.

Any ideas about how we, as mere teachers, can change the minds of our schools? Let's rally on this one and come up with some solutions that we can all use individually!

Until next time,

Michelle

Posted by msimmons at August 22, 2005 07:23 PM

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