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1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Mon, 5th May '08 6:44 PM


My daughter is also a teacher. She had her truck stolen out of the school parking lot today. It is sad to think that our schools are no longer safe from crime. You certainly cannot go back in time and in reality, I would not want to. I do feel however, that when I was growing up, it was a kinder and much gentler time. Our morals and families have gone to hell. I find that to be sad.
I'm just having a pity party and guess I wanted to share. Nice of me isn't it? bawahahaha Have a good evening everyone and stay safe. M

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Mon, 5th May '08 6:48 PM

That sucks, Marsha. But thanks for being a teacher anyway.

A great teacher can make such a positive impact in a child's life. And a crappy one can leave a scar.

I wish they were all like you.

Taco24  (Level: 140.4 - Posts: 589)
Mon, 5th May '08 7:04 PM

I am so sorry.

Being a teacher, I can relate. What a crappy week to have this "celebration." My AP test is Friday, and I am a bundle of nerves. "Sigh"

Hope they find the car. Is she in Texas? If so, I have a horrible feeling the vehicle is on its way to Mexico at this moment. Drats! This is what happened to a brother's car.

"sighing heavily"

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Tue, 6th May '08 12:16 AM

Yes Marsha,it certainly SEEMS that life was
kinder and easier when we were growing up
but I've since realized that a lot of pain
and angst was running underneath the surface
for anyone who was "different" in any way....
Now at least it seems we are talking about
the differences - and stepping towards a more
tolerant and open society
I'm so sorry the car was stolen. There are things
now we absolutely dependent on - water, electricity
and our CARS. Without them, life is infinitely harder.
Hope she gets it sorted ASAP.

Ricksdusa  (Level: 22.6 - Posts: 69)
Tue, 6th May '08 11:04 AM

I would just like to add....A huge THANK YOU to all the teachers who have shaped and influenced me. Not just the good ones. Even the sadistic bullies who singled out the less able and those who didn't 'fit in' have taught me some life lessons, so kudos to those too! I wish I was still in touch with the good ones, the ones who knew which of my buttons to push to get a result. It's twenty-odd years since I learned it, but I STILL remember "Die Lorelei". Useful in my adult life? Absolutely NOT, but it holds a memory of a great teacher close to my heart. Teachers are almost universally underpaid, undervalued and overworked. Something needs to be done about that. Those people eligible to vote should remember that edjermackayshun is crucial to the future success of the economy, and vote for the candidate who will deliver a cohesive and forward looking education policy. Well done teachers everywhere. Especially in the great state of South Dakota, ranked bottom in the teachers pay scale for the whole of the USA...

Salzypat  (Level: 161.3 - Posts: 5414)
Tue, 6th May '08 1:18 PM

Well, Rick, we not only are state neighbors, but Nebraska also ranks low (47th I think) on the pay scale, so we are "neighbors" on the pay scale.

on the other hand, our teachers (for the most part) do not have to fear going to school in the morning that they might not make it home at night.

You want to talk about underpaid, I suspect if you look at the wages of the caregivers and providers in the really good daycares and preschools, that's where it's really sad. Of all the places where our top-notch people should be, those two spots should be the most important. Unfortunately, I suspect the majority of them are at minimum wage and no benefits.

Taco24  (Level: 140.4 - Posts: 589)
Tue, 6th May '08 3:15 PM


Great comment. Normally, I think of the South when thinking low wages.

Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Wed, 7th May '08 6:30 PM

Wish I had kept a journal of all the characters I encountered in my 20 years as a classroom teacher. (The second 20 have been as a tech director)

One I remember was a ninth grade typing teacher. One of his classes met after lunch and a boy came in with an ice cream sandwich. The teacher asked the student if he planned on eating the ice cream in class. The student knowing the strict rules about eating in class and fearing the ire of the teacher responded "No". The teacher walked over placed the ice cream sandwich in the boy's shirt pocket and said "Good, you won't mind keeping it here during class." And that's where it remained for the next hour.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 8th May '08 4:45 AM

Yes....some teachers definitely make an impression.
45 years ago, a teacher - whose class I didn't even
take - approached me in the hallway, and informed me
that "Life is NOT Fair". If I continued to expect
that it would be - I must be prepared for a lot
of trouble and disappointment in my life....I shrugged
it off and wondered if she was "peculiar"
In the last couple of decades I've had lots of opportunities
to remember her words, and to realize she was right about my
philosophy....and have also experienced the predicted trouble
and disappointment because I still insist on fairness.
I am however grateful for her concern and insight.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 8th May '08 7:03 AM

There have been a few circumstances in my life where I was REALLY glad life isn't fair. If it were, I'd probably be in hell already! ha

Bluesky  (Level: 70.6 - Posts: 150)
Thu, 8th May '08 9:54 AM


Hope your daughter's truck is miraculously returned. I often think about kinder, simpler times. I am of the Ozzie and Harriet/Father Knows Best era and wish all of my students could have a better home life. If they did maybe there wouldn't be so much crime and violence. We put too much emphasis on material things and not enough on the little things that touch a heart or cause a smile.

Being another teacher I wish you a wonderful week! I feel so fortunate to be a teacher and to have had some of the students who have passed through my classroom. Hold on to the special memories. Some day we'll share some of our best stories.


Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 8th May '08 4:10 PM

Ancient Chinese Curse
These are the interesting times....

In the words of the poet
"The times they are a-changing"

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