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“In place of the parents” is not “the new parent”

 

“Teaching involves conflicting roles. Teachers want all children to succeed and to develop a love of learning, yet much of their time and energy goes into controlling students’ behaviour and evaluating students according to external standards. The more one tries to reach students individually, the more one may feel conflict with other aspects of schooling, such as the need to sort students by ability or the pressure to have students conform to rules and standards.” – Young, L., Levin, B., & Wallin, D. (2014). Understanding Canadian schools: An Introduction to Educational Administration (5th ed.).

 

Sadly the above paragraph is one of the main problems that both teachers and parents are struggling with. We want to give students independence and give them the skills to question the world around them, yet our arms are twisted behind our backs with (outdated) curriculum outcomes, budgeting issues, and more responsibilities than ever before. Many educators come into the field to make a difference and help their kids embrace learning… but if they want to keep their job they are required to teach to the test.

 

 

Canadians are more lucky than our American counterparts. The no child left behind policy has decimated their educational system, and they under perform when compared to the First World countries. Teachers go through years of University learning the tools on how to maximize learning for each individual student, and then we enter the classroom and get burdened with a literal mountain of work and lose sight of why we entered the field.

 

JFK’s famous line “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you an do for your country” applies here. When it comes to education, the teachers should not be receiving all these burdens from the get-go. The number one contributing factor to student performance has been parents involvement in their child’s education for decades now. Dozens of major studies have confirmed this. So really, ask not what your teacher can do for you, but what you can do for your teacher is a motto I’d personally prefer to have implanted in the minds of all students and parents.

 

Teacher’s who’ve recently graduated. What are your tips to current student-teachers who are about to enter the field?

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The Sextortion of Amanda Todd

A long time ago, I watched the Sextortion of Amanda Todd. This video discussed the Amanda Todd case in depth. Before watching this, I was dissapointed that Amanda Todd was the face of bullying. When this case exploded, the news and online media talked about how an ‘attention whore’ would show nudity online (at the time, I thought it was to some of her friends over skype, rather than 150 blog tv viewers). It was never reported (To me) that she was harassed for years and attempted to get away from it. Now I see why she is, and deserves to be, the face of bullying.

The video quotes “When the boys are giving attention to a girl, the other girls get upset” This is a Common scenario. The early bloomers of puberty for girls tend to be bullied at future dates, while the late bloomers tend to become the popular ones.

Amanda was smart enough to not fullfil threats and blackmails to send more photographs for the promise of the screenshot of her flashing to not make its rounds (for the third time). But eventually, Amanda went back to the sites that she originally found trouble on, talking with people making ludicrous requests again.

Before watching this video, I only knew about the Amanda Todd incident from her single video that went viral. I believed that any child that got in trouble online did so because the parents did zero monitoring of the computer. I myself was in one of these categories; my parents did not monitor my internet or computer usage at all and there were very clearly problems with video game addiction and other things. But it becomes clear after watching that her parents did in fact monitor her activity regularly and were open minded to the possibilities of the internet.Why would she do this?

 

Keep reading to find out. It’s a well known reality that teenage girls are very mean to one another, and that this can create extremely bullied women with little self-esteem who hear very little, if none, positive things about themselves. Give them a small or large audience of compliments and flirting and bullied individuals might do things that they know they shouldn’t for it these good feelings and comments to continue.

Society took a girl who was bullied harshly, but online she was wanted and adored. She had hundreds of followers whom talked nicely to her… Even though all the trouble started online, she probably told herself to never do something like flashing again and went back on to her ‘adoring fans.’ But this is all speculation.

 

Amanda Todd is a lesson for us as people, teachers, parents, friends, and strangers. It’s a sign to stop bullying, stop cyber bullying, and teach safety to the next, current, and past generations.