A Letter to KDeRosa
In your response to my last post, you stated your belief that every other profession is subjected to the same scrutiny and disrespect as any other profession. I'll gladly reconsider, but only if you can really validate your opinions (in blue):
How about every other profession.If a doctor fails to cure a patient who is curable even when the patient hasn't taken good care of himself, it's malpractice. So, you are saying that, if a doctor gives a patient the necessary medicine or the proper way to care for oneself, and the patient, for whatever reason, does not listen to the doctor, the doctor is guilty of malpractice? If a lawyer fails to make an argument he should have even though the client hasn't acted properly and the client loses the litigation, it's malpractice. Again, if the lawyer provides the client with solid legal counsel, and the client walks out and neglects that legal counsel, the lawyer is at fault? If an engineer builds a bridge and it falls down for almost any reason, it's malpractice. The engineer builds a solid bridge, follows all of the codes, and the bridge collapses in a massive earthquake or gas explosion, the engineer is responsible? If a teacher fails to teach a child who is educable but perhaps not the sharpest tool in the shed, the teacher gets to write a blog blaming the student for the failure to teach without repercussion. And here, you step out and take a shot at an educator who chooses to write a blog about the realit of teaching, the good and the bad, without ever having stepped into that classroom. If you really believe that a kid who chooses to never turn in an assignment, avoids any and every attempt at help and motivation, disrespects me and the students around her, is my responsibility, even though I have done my job according to all of the research and theory available, you, are, in the opinion of this sometimes humble educator, wrong. And you can rest assured if other professions had the same level of failure, you'd see the same level of scrutiny and criticism as educators are getting. And, the three examples you gave, all make much more money than me. Certainly you are aware of that, and certainly you probably blame the educator for that as well, because we are not doing our job, or because we get "summers" off.
So, let me rephrase, when someone who really knows the classroom I teach in, can show me how I have failed a certain kid, who is "curable" in you words, then, and really only then, will I listen.
In addition, though my tone is clearly one of annoyance, trust that I really want to know how to improve. I don't want theoretical answers, give me some sustenance, not leafy greens.