Shawn On the Border Posted November 28, 2011 Share Posted November 28, 2011 When ds16 went to school in 9th grade, it was somewhat of a relief. I knew I wouldn't be happy with all of his teachers, but I thought he would learn a lot from them. After all, they are specialists in their subject! He had very little homework. The Geometry teacher gave only a few problems a day, and he gave them time in class to do it. The Spanish I teacher taught very little Spanish (so now, in Spanish II, he has huge gaps in his vocabulary and grammar). The only teacher that was really good was his religion teacher. This year, ds16 is in a public school in a different state. The classes have up to 34 kids in them. The English teacher is pretty good, but he has only written 3 essays (with probably 3 or 4 to go). They are all in-class essays (so kids can't cheat). How can he learn how to write well without practice and feedback? When I was in school, we wrote essays every week. The math and science classes are very hard, but the teachers don't seem to teach the material thoroughly. The Chemistry teacher skips the textbook, and gives occasional handouts which summarize pages and pages of the text. He rarely gives homework, and expects the kids to memorize his handouts, and then take the test. Does he really think most kids can learn that way? I have emailed him multiple times, but he is very vague. Believe me, I appreciate challenging material in high school. But, I can't understand these teachers that don't teach, or don't teacher properly. I know there are good teachers out there (and ds has had a few of them), but I'm really surprised how many bad ones there are! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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