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I have the same sentiments.

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I have the same sentiments. But as a teacher I am expected to find all the answer to every question.Like, "why have I become a teacher?" I will never have enough money in this profession. I will surely get old with nothing and die still begging. I found one answer and tried to inspire myself before I could think of quitting this job. One day, in front of my grade 5 students, a Korean student called me " TEACHER" Quite surprised, I said "Yes?" I have never been addressed as teacher. We are used to be called Ma'am or Miss. Oh my goodness! I am a teacher! Jesus is a teacher. Jesus is God. I am a teacher. God had chosen to be a teacher not a doctor or somebody else. Then what am I complaining about? Jesus wants us to live in poverty. Ok, so I am back to the same question. No wonder, teachers always look up and wait for a miracle to happen." Thy will be done!"

Respect Parents Too

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I have always respected teachers, when I was a child and now as an adult. At my children's private school here in Canada, the teachers' morale (especially the female teachers) is low overall. They are cranky and verbally abusive, some like 'bombs' blowing up on you without a valid reason. The lack basic respect for parents. I have reported some incidents to the school's Principal, but he is too 'weak' to take appropriate action. So, it works both ways. Remember, without parents, you'd have no students and no job.

It Works Both Ways

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I am 41, and I have always respected teachers both as a child and now as an adult. However, at my children's private school the teachers' morale is low and they are 'cranky' (at least the female ones). I have been verbally abused and even poked in my back by some. I reported this to the school's Principal but for reasons known only to him, he did not get back to me on this (I assume he is too weak to do anything). So, respect works both ways. Teachers also need to respect the parents. Without the parents, you wouldn't have any students, thus no job.
-Canadian

susan melton-piper (not verified)

I am a toxicologist who

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I am a toxicologist who changed careers to teaching chemistry. I did so after seeing a need at my older daughters school. Then I took 5 years off and returned this year. Kids are really rude and some parents get angry when their lazy student is not given an A. I don't give grades. Some parents even call me a lousy teacher over the phone without knowing anything about me when the kis, who doesn't study much and talks during lecture and lab, gets a B rather than an A. It is all my fault and ADHD is the excuse that she wants me to accept for the talking and lack of work by the student. As a person with ADHD and having a daughter with it I do not accept this in lieu of good manners and some basic study habits much lessa lack of personal responsibility. To think I gave up grad work at Stanford to come back to MS where I hate to admit I am from for people who choose ignorance. Now I know where Jerry Springer gets his guests and audiences

marie (not verified)

things to feel happy about

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I'd like to commend you on getting your feelings out. It's tough being a teacher. I myself am a teacher and have been for 7 years. It's a grueling profession and a boring one at that. Day in day out same attitudes, people, work, routine. The paycheck is a drag and it's not realistic to pay college loans and rent on a teacher's salary. I know how draining it is. I've found some ways to brighten up my experiences.
rent Stand and Deliver. Look at what Escalante faced and realize you're not just a teacher-you're a warrior.

You can do a job that most people couldn't stand for 1 day.
You know how to handle the toughest platoon on the planet.
You alone ARE the only experience that those kids of someone staying in the room with them.
You are from teaching blood. Not anyone can teach and since your mom did it, you do it with your being.
You are Mr.Hunt. There is no other Mr Hunt that your kids will experience.
You control their moods with your happiness.
You respect you everyday and you mind crush the people who are not aware enough to realize that they should have just apologized.
Like a Samurai, you are modest, focused, and have chosen to live a career that involves honor, integrity and being a fighter from within.
Your not a teacher-you're an Educator.

You deserve to feel respected( and guess what, all of us other teachers respect you right now.)

take care be strong you are making a difference

Marie Hoffman

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i agree with your point but somewhre i feel uncomfort with your points that you wrote that you like a teacher as he explain very well but whenever any teacher scolld any student so it would feel shame to that student.............

Anonymous (not verified)

The New York Times just had

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The New York Times just had an article about doctors and lawyers complaining that they get no respect from their patients, the newspapers, and the public. This is what teachers have had difficulty with for years! The solution they came up with was to give the doctors and lawyers a second year end bonus that was larger than many of our yearly salaries....

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Stephen, You took the

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Stephen,
You took the words right out of my mouth.

m s seekree (not verified)

Respecting Teachers

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I am 60 plus and remember my teachers even of school days.Just an example.It was eigth class and our English teacher took us to a movie Hamlet(of Shakespeare).He explained the story and the power of the novel before going. His intention was to create an interest in us for good literature. Such teachers get respect automatically and they inculcate good qualities in their students. I remember him even after decades with gratitude.

Lorrin Thomas (not verified)

respect & morale

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The other night, when my mother-in-law was visiting, we pulled out our set of "conversation cards" after dinner. The question my 6 year old chose was something like, "What one issue would you try to focus on if you ever became president?" My immediate answer -- I'm a college professor, my husband a preschool teacher in a Montessori Head Start program -- was 'FIXING' PUBLIC EDUCTION BY WORKING TO RAISE THE MORALE OF PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS. If we could find a way to improve morale for teachers, it would mean that we as a society were finally able to do the following: 1) improve the level of respect that teachers could attain *outside the profession*; 2) reduce class size to a *manageable number* so that teachers could actually do their jobs; 3) equalize funding among school districts so that teachers in poor areas were not made to feel that their best hope was a simple failure to teach -- and the worst case scenario some kind of physical assault; 4) provide teachers with resources they need (books, support staff, responsive administration, adequate physical environment, time for exchange among colleagues) to do their jobs properly.
These basic changes -- and we don't need reams of research reports to prove their utility! -- would go such a long way to radically improving the state of public education in this country. Who here doesn't agree with me????

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