Discussion in 'Education' started by washamericom, Feb 19, 2011.
what percentage of the teachers you had were really good, how many sucked?
I don't see it as a percent. Most of my teachers were good. I had two that were exceptional and am really grateful for having--my 6th grade science teacher, and my 12th grade Intro to Constitutional Law teacher who was also my school's soccer coach. They just had a way of making the stuff interesting where I genuinely *wanted* to go to class and learn. You can't put a price on that.
My only bad teacher was in 12th grade Econ. He was just all about rote memorization and regurgitation, basically just had Powerpoint slides he read off during class, and never really seemed engaged in actually teaching us--and I wasn't the only one who felt that way.
I had a crush on my 9th/10th grade Spanish teacher, and also my 6th grade homeroom teacher who told me that I looked like her fiance when he was my age.
I have a hard time remembering any that sucked. I remember mostly extraordinarily good ones. I took my high school education very seriously, since I felt that any higher level of education was going to be out of the question for me.
Of the standard required "practical" courses (book-keeping/accounting, drafting, shop/woodworking/metalworking, biology, history/civics), all those teachers seemed just a little better than average and boring).
The one course which I did not make A's in (aside from phys-ed) was chemistry in which I only got a D. Had the chemistry teacher been as good as my other academic courses I'm sure I would've done much better.
In the more academic courses: Latin, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, physics I thrived, and those teachers were inspirational an made their classes stimulating to further work outside the classroom.
Our classes were large, seldom fewer than 30-35. The Latin, algebra, and geometry teachers picked out some of us who were very enthusiastic and sponsored additional class semesters beyond ordinarily offered with classes as small as 6 or 7 students.
I attended High School in the years 55 through 59. We didn't have middle school in those days, and grades 6 through 8 elected course's the same as the High-school kids with perhaps fewer electives/more required courses proportionally.
it seems as if people remember the great ones and the shitty ones. is it safe to say the most fall somewhere in the middle of the bell curve?
That's a rhetorical question right?
Most were mediocre, and I went what was considered a "good" public high school.
Only 4 stand out as being excellent.
I had a few good ones....mostly young 22 to 25.
I had a shop teacher who was a machinist in the Coast Guard. Super bright.
I'm still in touch with my old biology teacher. She was awesome.
I had a great algebra teacher. Another female.
Most of the rest were fucking idiots.
You know the old saying. Those that can, DO
Those that can't....TEACH
I had one who changed my life...
A Math teacher who I was terrified of and hated. In 9th grade, I had marginal Math skills when I entered his Algebra 1 class. He never welcomed the class and never smiled, just taught the lesson. Somewhere during the year, it eventually clicked and it all made sense to me. I ended up getting 100 on the State Regents Algebra exam
Eventually went to college and majored in engineering.
Here is to you Mr Krish.
Not in my experience. The great ones were truly amazing and the shitty ones were few. The rest of the bell curve was populated by those just slightly less than competent with an agenda that had nothing to do with actual teaching.
Although I was a good student, I nevertheless hated school and thought most of my teachers were losers, and I was in a "good" school.
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