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Re: Just wondering about teaching in KY
TO DB77..so if you quit teaching 4th grade..what r u doinNOW

    sO IF YOU QUIT TEACHING 4TH GRADE, THEN WHAT R U DOING NOW?On 7/23/04, db77 wrote:
    > I completely agree with Tom. I moved here from the Midwest
    > three years ago and wound up working in the public schools of
    > Louisville, KY. The first school I worked at had 93&37; poverty
    > rate. The second school I worked at had 76&37;. These
    conditions
    > make it very difficult to teach. The schools with lower poverty
    > rates have very long waiting lists for transfers. The testing
    > is ridiculous. As Tom said, parents and students are not held
    > accountable and teachers and administrators are faced with
    > getting degrading labels and of having their schools restaffed,
    > not getting money, etc., if the students are not "proficient."
    > Proficient is ridiculous since some of my fourth grade students
    > couldn't read on kindergarten levels. Yet I was supposed to
    > move them to proficiency in a years time?! To qualify for LD
    > the requirements are so ridiculously low that hardly any kids
    > qualify and the ones that do don't get the help they need.
    > Retaining kids rarely happens so kids just keep getting passed
    > along that can't read or write. Also, the mobility rate is
    > extremely high, at least where I worked, and by fourth grade
    > many students have been to more than four schools, some upwards
    > of eight...
    >
    > Most of the children are disrespectful and apathetic to their
    > education primarily because their parents are the same way.
    > Every other day it seemed a parent was in the school cussing out
    > one or more teachers for things they should have been yelling at
    > their kids for and making them accept responsibility for their
    > actions. Parents seem really eager to sue and try and press
    > charges over nothing.
    >
    > My experience has been so bad that after only three years of
    > teaching and at the age of 27, I resigned. I was getting no joy
    > out of the work. It is heartbreaking to see what these kids go
    > through, to see how little they care about their lives and of
    > taking charge of them, and it became too much to deal with....
    > the rude parents, the terrible behaviors, and the overall apathy
    > of the students.
    >
    > If you move here, you will see an overwhelming number of fourth
    > grade openings. Don't take one! You will be required to have
    > each student write a huge writing portfolio, your students will
    > be tested in science, reading, math, and on-demand writing on
    > top of the portfolio. Too much work for both the kids and the
    > teacher. Especially the teacher. There has been a mass exodus
    > of fourth and fifth grade teachers because of testing demands.
    >
    > My second school was in a nicer neighborhood than the first, but
    > the kids were bussed in from the neighborhood I first worked
    > in. Kids ride the bus for 30 - 45 minutes, getting in trouble
    > by throwing things out the bus windows and breaking
    > windshields... Since we have so much bussing, parents are not
    > involved because we don't have neighborhood schools and they
    > have no transportation or don't want to drive across town...
    > Something needs to drastically be done to change this school
    > system. It is spirally out of control, in my opinion. Of
    > course, this is just my experience. I hope I helped.
    >
    >