So for everyone who wants to think American public schools are so wonderful I wish you would listen to those who work in them and with your children. Here is a quote from one comment from Mike:
Reality check: While we claim to be for high standards and academic excellence, we are, at best, for solid mediocrity. By we, I mean our educational system as a whole.
I don’t want mediocrity for my children. We are still on the homeschooling path and happy about it.
When pressed for more details about why this teacher gave a passing grade for a plagarized paper this is the response from Mrs. W:
...if I were to give you the details of everything, I think you would understand better. However, please understand my need for some degree of anonymity. If you want to e-mail me privately, I'll be happy to tell you more.
But, in a nutshell, the grade could and would be changed without my approval.
I believe this and have heard other stories about administrators overriding the grades the teachers gave for various reasons, from teacher friends and relatives that I have.
Here is an earlier post by Mrs. W about why she became a teacher in the first place. Note she was on the corporate path before switching gears to do something ‘more meaningful’.
Ah, she was in the camp of “wanting to make a difference in a child’s life”, one of those.
I am sorry that she is disappointed to realize that teaching won’t achieve that.
I wish Mrs. W will find a well-paying job that is at least palatable if not rewarding and inspiring and joyful! Really I do! (Since private tutoring of homeschooled children seems to be on the rise perhaps she could check out that career path?)