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TEACHING TODAY, WOW!

I received this message from my old friends, Mike & Emma Cobb who live in Hillsboro, Texas. There were no credits for an author and should anyone know who compiled these words I will be happy to give them credit. It was not formatted with spacing to give me a chance to really absorb the responsibilities of a teacher today. I have three daughters, a granddaughter and a daughter in-law who have or still work in education. They run a span from the first grade through high school and one actually trains teachers in science. My oldest daughter is retired from teaching math in the inner city part of Houston. Although I live away from them some of the actual happenings they have had would curl your hair.

The indifference and lack of parental interest today has created an environmental nightmare for teachers beyond belief for those my age to comprehend. I decided to re-format the message and hopefully attract more attention for people to really absorb the impact. When you can understand what teachers deal with every day you should see that they are fighting a battle without armor or weapons. Like the military they are not paid on the same scale as industry and believe it or not they must have liability insurance to protect them from ambulance chasing lawyers like those in medicine. My wife was born left-handed and thanks to her first grade teacher she was made to learn to write right-handed, often with a whack from a ruler when she forgot. Today the teacher would probably end up in prison after the ACLU was contacted.

I posted some articles about education a few years ago after visiting with the superintendent of our local schools. I also visited with the Administrator in charge of a local trade and college credit educational organization with available programs for five local school district students. Today in most areas of Texas a high school student can take college credit courses and amass 60 hours of credits free. Sadly most do not take advantage of this due to sports. If you question my words do what I did. I spend a couple of hours in  a second grade class shortly after the new school year started. I would not last all day and be in a court room if I had to teach undisciplined children of today.    C Brewer   

TEACHING TODAY! (A story you will hopefully read and share with everyone you know.)

After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said: “Let me see if I’ve got this right. You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages and instill in them a love for learning.

You want me to check their; backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self-esteem and personal pride.

You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job.

You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and ensure that they all pass their final exams.

You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicap and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Arabic or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.

You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for “Welfare.

You want me to do all this, and then you tell me……I CAN’T wear a necklace with a little cross,  mention God, or say “Merry Christmas”  because someone might take offense?  

Well, you know what you can do with your job.

We all should have the same rights, whatever your religion. This should be posted in every school in America and all countries. Think about it! If Muslims can pray anywhere, why are Christians banned from praying in public and from erecting religious displays on their holy days? What happened to our National Day of Prayer? Muslims are allowed to block off major streets, in all American States and pray in the middle of the street! And it’s a monthly ritual!

Tell me, again, whose country is this? Ours or the Muslims? I was asked to share this if I agree, or delete if I don’t. It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God. Therefore, I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a problem in having ‘God’ in our education system or the Lord’s Prayer said in our government, schools or public meetings.

I believe it’s time we stand up for what we believe! PLEASE HAVE THE INTESTINAL FORTITUDE TO SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW.

SUPPORT AMERICA FIRST!   ANON

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MERRY CHRISTMAS ANYWAY!

I wanted to send some sort of holiday greeting to my friends, but it is so difficult in today’s world to know exactly what to say without offending someone. So, I met with my lawyer yesterday and on his advice, I wish to say the following:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the solstice holiday, practiced with the most enjoyable traditions of religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2015, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make our country great (not to imply that our country is necessarily greater than any other country) and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the recipient.

By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others and is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher.

This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

Disclaimer: No trees were harmed in the sending of this message. However, a significant number of electrons were slightly inconvenienced. Happy ______ … whatever floats your boat!

Anon

Thanks Dr. Forrest for sharing this message and let me wish everyone a very Happy New Year.  C Brewer

GRANDPARENTS’ ANSWERING MACHINE MESSAGE:

I hope every grandparent alive gets to read this. If anyone who knows me ever wondered why I choose to move away on Christmas day 22 years ago, this might explain the reason. I was lucky to have one granddaughter, Alyssa Stone, who was born shortly before I retired 20 years ago that spent every possible day with us from the time she was three until she got her first car at 16. I got to spend more time with her than any of my seven children. I am blessed to have 40 now in my family and I wish all of them and you a very Merry Christmas. Clyde Brewer  

Good morning . . . At present we are not at home, but please leave your message after you hear the beep. Beeeeeppp.

If you are one of our children, dial 1 and then select the option from 1 to 4 in order of “birth date” so we know who you are.

If you need us to stay with the children, press 2

If you want to borrow the car, press 3

If you want us to wash your clothes and do ironing, press 4

If you want the grandchildren to sleep here tonight, press 5

If you want us to pick up the kids at school, press 6

If you want us to prepare a meal for Sunday or to have it delivered to your home, press 7

If you want to come to eat here, press 8

If you need money, press 9

If you are going to invite us to dinner or take us to the theater, start talking, we are listening!

WHAT IS A GRANDPARENT? (Taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)

Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own.

They like other peoples.

A grandfather is a man, & a grandmother is a lady!

Grandparents don’t have to do anything except be there when we come to see them.

They are so old they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.

When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves, birds and caterpillars.

They show us and talk to us about the colors of the flowers and also why we shouldn’t step on ‘cracks.’

They don’t say, ‘Hurry up.’

Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.

They wear glasses and funny underwear.

They can take their teeth and gums out.

Grandparents   don’t have to be smart.

They have to answer questions like ‘Why isn’t God married?’ and ‘How come dogs chase cats?’

When they read to us, they don’t skip. They don’t mind if we ask for the same story over again.

Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don’t have television because they are the only grownups who like to spend time with us.

They know we should have a snack time before bed time, and they say prayers with us and kiss us even when we’ve acted badly.

GRANDPA IS THE SMARTEST MAN ON EARTH! HE TEACHES ME GOOD THINGS, BUT I DON’T GET TO SEE HIM ENOUGH TO GET AS SMART AS HIM!     

It’s funny when they bend over; you hear gas leaks, and they blame their dog.

Send this to other grandparents, almost grandparents, or heck, send it to everyone. It may make their day.

ANON

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