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I was let go as substitute teacher because
I corrected my students' grammar

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 6/1/2019 8:59:24 AM

Last Halloween, I dressed up like a teacher — not exactly an alter ego; I have a certificate — went to the local high school, and substituted in Family & Consumer Science. There was a small ruction in third period; the principal and I discussed it amicably, and I barely gave it second thought. However, a couple weeks later, I received a letter informing me he was removing me from the sub list! Explanation (from said letter): he "visited with the class," and the "interactions between yourself and the students were not such as meet our expectations for substitutes." A parent reported

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In contrast, foreign students learning English for the first time were eager to learn correct usage of the language.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Northcross 6/1/2019 9:14:42 AM (No. 88358)
Caution. We have one half of the story here. Substitutes generally serve at will, and I suspect this teacher was let go not for correcting grammar, but for acting like a complete jerk while doing so.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Wilko 6/1/2019 9:30:00 AM (No. 88368)
You're just supposed to close the blinds, turn out the lights and play Al Gore's movie. That's what being a substitute teacher is all about.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: velirotta 6/1/2019 9:31:13 AM (No. 88374)
The real jerks are (1) the administrators who don't give a damn about what their students aren't learning, and won't lift a finger to remedy the problems; and (2) teachers who have picked up their certificates at universities where not much teaching is done, and wouldn't know a grammatical mistake if they heard one.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: winnie1 6/1/2019 9:34:14 AM (No. 88377)
Isn't that a teachers job? I don't remember in my school years the principle coming in my class for an opinion about a sub teacher. If he did so we would give a negative reaction whether it was true or not.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Sanddollar 6/1/2019 9:34:55 AM (No. 88378)
When I was in sixth grade, if you made a mistake in speaking, such as not using may and can correctly, the teacher made you write a sentence using may correctly 100 times. Quickly we learned to speak properly. Now anything goes in spoken English.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: M2 6/1/2019 9:54:42 AM (No. 88403)
Without standards, the whole system is a sham — a very expensive waste of money, cheating both kids and taxpayers. Exactly. More and more such stories have come out recently. I hope this gets national attention.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: HotRod 6/1/2019 10:08:12 AM (No. 88417)
Government schools. Teacher's union. What rules education today? Politics and it's insidious weapon: Political correctness!
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Reply 8 - Posted by: dallasobg 6/1/2019 10:18:06 AM (No. 88429)
#1 He said he was "removed from the sub list". He would no longer be called to sub whether he wanted to or not.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Highlander 6/1/2019 10:19:12 AM (No. 88430)
I am a retired teacher now working as a substitute. When on assignment, I follow the teacher’s plan as best as I can. I don’t do anything to “rock the boat” or “gum up the works.” My attitude is I’m there one day and gone the next. My function is to maintain the class for the teacher while he/she is sick. Absolutely, I never upstage a teacher, no matter how bad he/she is.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Truth Czar 6/1/2019 10:41:24 AM (No. 88447)
Why would the principal expect students to use proper English in class when he (she) is incapable of writing a formal letter in English? The principal wrote: "interactions between yourself and the students..." You should have corrected the principal's letter and sent it back with a grade of F.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: coyote 6/1/2019 10:48:30 AM (No. 88457)
Poor public education is nothing new. In the 1940s and '50s, I attended primary and secondary schools. I got my high school diploma by showing up, nothing more. I did like the football games though.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: lakerman1 6/1/2019 10:52:11 AM (No. 88461)
I remind you people mthat the Modern Language Association, which is the English teachers professional organization, issued an edict in 1973, that no one form of English is superior to any other from of English.That means 'proper' English started on its death spiral that day.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: bad-hair 6/1/2019 10:57:51 AM (No. 88468)
Substituted in Family and Consumer SCIENCE ??? Say no more.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: DVC 6/1/2019 11:03:29 AM (No. 88478)
Garbage schools. Any parent's highest goal in life should be to somehow, some way deliver their children from the brain destroying maw of the government schools. There are still a few places where good teaching is holding out, but it is getting more difficult. I noted with some pleasure that one local school district, known as one of the best in the area ( a relatively wealthy suburb in Kansas of KC, Mo) rejected totally the KS NEA as their representative. I took that as a good thing. Beware the government schools.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: DeplorableVet 6/1/2019 11:09:13 AM (No. 88484)
When I was still working, I had a policy of discarding resumes with spelling or grammar errors.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: tom7 6/1/2019 11:12:57 AM (No. 88490)
These days, chidrens are privileged and don't need no instruction. That is why they are so ignorant, with hugely crippled future prospects.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Moritz55 6/1/2019 12:00:40 PM (No. 88544)
I work with exchange students, and it has been an eye opener for all of us to see what passes for English among their classmates, especially since this is an affluent and (supposedly) well-educated community. My current student has fun with me by purposely messing up his grammar, then using the excuse, “But that’s how so-and-so says it.” Sometimes “so-and-so“ is one of the school‘s coaches.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: The Remnants 6/1/2019 2:21:23 PM (No. 88627)
Once upon a time we began teaching English grammar in the second grade. By the end of the school year, I had students who would write better grammar than these high school students.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: watashiyo 6/1/2019 5:59:12 PM (No. 88756)
#1, nowadays, students are allowed to be jerks but not the teachers. Discipline is watered down in the public school which ultimately affects the students' global competetive edge to succeed.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: MickTurn 6/2/2019 8:53:20 AM (No. 89046)
Suggestion, get a job where you aren't working for Biased Politically Correct MORONS!
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