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Senate Bill 6 discourages careers in teaching

Senate Bill 6 discourages teaching careers April 9 C.T. Bowen column

Constitution calls education a duty

It's amazing how shortsighted people can be. You can add home builder to your list of jobs that will not be attractive. Although, jail builder may be a great career. How about home security? This is truly an attack on public education.

It's a sad commentary that there continues to be a lack of support for public education in our state Legislature. This legislation is in direct conflict of Article IX of the Florida Constitution, which clearly states:

"The education of children is a fundamental value of the people of the state of Florida. It is, therefore, a paramount duty of the state to make adequate provision for the education of all children residing within its borders. Adequate provision shall be made by law for a uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools that allows students to obtain a high quality education and for the establishment, maintenance, and operation of institutions of higher learning and other public education programs that the needs of the people may require.''

Don't get me wrong, we need to do a better job assisting weak teachers, and to weed them out when necessary. We also need to treat our teachers as professionals and establish career paths that recognize their value.

John Sweeney, Hernando School Board member

Teachers deserve better support

A teacher does not select his or her students before the school year begins. In fact, the teacher has no say whatsoever as to who is in her classroom year to year. This includes the poor, disruptive, drug-addicted, neglected, hungry, and/or disabled child with every variety of neglectful parent.

What is the teacher supposed to think and or how would anyone expect them to react with the nonsense in Senate Bill 6?

When the disruptive child decides to act out, bully, threaten, throw, scream, curse, and/or do whatever it is that he or she so chooses, the teacher cannot touch the child. The only recourse that the teacher has is to write up the child with a discipline referral. There have been many referrals written and many more notes sent home to the parents about the disruptive child's behavior. This includes many phone calls to the parents and almost across the board there is no support and or backing by the principal or assistant principal. The only consequence for the out-of-control kids has been an in-school suspension for anywhere from one, three or five days. This is followed by out-of-school suspension of one, three, and five days.

It doesn't matter whether the disruptive child threatens to kill other kids, bullies, beats up, and/or totally disrupts the classroom. There is ultimately nothing done and the teacher is expected to put up with it and take it and move along, including passing on the student who clearly fails with passing grades.

Explain to me how a teacher is expected to be paid on the child's daily learning gains and their higher score on the standardized tests when the teacher has no support, no ability to discipline and cannot even have an environment for the child to potentially learn in. The child can throw, punch, and even attack me and the only thing I can do is put my hands up.

I can't wait for politician's inexperienced, uninformed, idealistic explanation as to how (the teacher) is supposed to excel and help the students learn when there is no control, support and/or help to gain control of an environment created by apathetic parents who neglect their children.

Children need to learn respect, consideration and that there are consequences for their actions. Our society doesn't think this is necessary and this not only puts the burden on the teacher but they want to take away the teacher's income as well.

The only consequence the disruptive child gets in Deltona Elementary School is getting to pick out of the treasure box of the assistant principal and then sent back to the classroom where they continue to disrupt on a daily basis. Accountability is nonexistent for the student and the administration.

Michael Klenovich, Spring Hill

Forget all the talk just let Tiger play | April 10 Barbara Fredricksen column

A vote for getting back to the game

Way to go Barbara Fredricksen. I have been saying the exact same thing since all this Tiger stuff started.

What business is it of ours what Tiger Woods does in his private life? For that matter, who cares what any sports star does in his private life? Why do people need to know?

Would you like your private life under a microscope for the public to comment on? Of course not. I don't understand why he's been so vilified. He hurt no one but himself and his family. He's probably the greatest golfer ever and that's all we should be concerned with.

Barbara Stierle, Spring Hill

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Senate Bill 6 discourages careers in teaching 04/14/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 6:39pm]

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