Every time a teacher in high school introduced themselves they bragged about their degrees from some big name university and I would always ask "What was this degree in?". They reply, every single time, "Education". So I ask "how does this qualify you to teach me advanced level chemistry with just an education major?". They couldn't answer. Does this worry anyone else about the level of education in public school teachers? Yes I was a perceptive little brat.
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Just aimed at the last statement, nope. I got this good at writing because my parents saw how abysmally the public school teachers were showing me how to write and decided to take matters into their own hands. Mom's a journalism major.
So you give little or no credit to your public school teachers because of what happened at YOUR public high school. You paint with too broad a brush.
Let's take the watered down version of history you learn in public high schools as an example here. It's 95% trash and 5% truth. Once you're in college you relearn US and State history almost 100%. Similar experience with most soft subjects here.
I agree that public high school teachers cannot fully cover ALL of any country's history. Calling it "95% trash" however, is an over-generalization unworthy of logical thought. I hope you're honing your argument skills in college.
And I hope you can open your eyes the next time a history teacher starts telling his students about the tyranny of the British government in High School. The reality of America's founding is not accurately portrayed in any public high school.
No one said schools were perfect. American history is not adequate. Too much time is spent memorizing things you can look up. Do not blame the teachers--blame the elected officials who are not teachers but dictate what is taught.
Another error in logic: "not portrayed in ANY public high school." Have you attended them all? How can you logically make this statement?
A fair point, from what I've gathered so far let's say that a majority of Texas public high schools then. They all use the same book and teach from the same test bank, thus logically have similar history education which is...largely watered down.
Just curious, do you have any idea how you would teach a young child to read. Do you know how to teach or explain phonics and are you equipped to help the student who may be a little slower than the others while maintaining order with the class?
Salman Khan is not an education major (he's a computer scientist) but he offers great education to new and older students. I'm only saying that spending 4 YEARS for a degree is useless, not the skill itself. It's like majoring in circles. Easy much?
It may seem vastly different to you, Larry, but I've taught martial arts before. I didn't receive training for it, it was expected of you that once you attained black belt you understood how you were being taught, thus how to teach others.
I can only speak for my state where test scores of students are used to determine which teachers are keeping up. Many music teachers, major in education. Many coaches were ed. majors. I really think most of you understand the idea of an ed. degree.
My major helped me, but I later realized that I was not teaching subjects, I was teaching children. What you teach is not as important as how you teach. The teachers you remember are
remembered for who they were, not the subject they taught.
Then I have a remark for your exact department :D in high school I was taught MLA format which was supposedly the "standard" paper writing format...queue college, never used MLA once. Had to learn APA on my own since my high school teachers failed to
There are many forms of citation. MLA is one standard. Your college professor should have provided review or instruction if APA was what he or she required. Teaching source citation is the job of every teacher who requires writing and research.
MLA is normally used in English papers and Hard Sciences, APA is generally used in most soft sciences. My high school teacher claimed that we'd never use APA ever...and was dead wrong.
I am sorry you are so bitter about your education, but the reality is that it seems to have worked for you the way it should. Teachers are facilitators who should work with parents to ensure the best for their child. It is a team effort.
The problem is that a lot of teachers are encouraged to teach their students to get good grades on the State tests, not to prepare them for what they'll need in college. I've actually had teachers admit this fact to my face before.