January 23, 2016

"Spelling shaming!" After tweet goes viral, school teacher responds to errors in homework assignment

Jason & MattRebel Commentators
 

A concerned mother caused a social media uproar after she tweeted out a spelling homework assignment given to her child that was (ironically) littered with the teacher's own spelling mistakes.

I catch up with the teacher to get his response to how this could possibly happen.

 

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commented 2016-01-25 06:51:40 -0500
My mom who is 83 talks about the good ole days when me and my brother actually went to school for an education. I remember the days of repetitive spelling, phonics, adding, subtracting, multiplication and division tables. These things were drilled into us so that we wouldn’t forget. Today we’d be surprised at how many kids are leaving grade school to high school with a poor knowledge and application of these basic facts needed for every day life. This is very sad. That said, it is reported that home schooled children are ahead of their peers in the system between five and ten years in their thinking. This is due to the fact that home schooled children are given the space, time and freedom to work. In other words, unlike disintegrating mainstream education, where the student has to close his writing or math book when the time is up and move onto something else, a home schooled student just continues on in their thought until it is complete.

An interesting historical piece in the states; In Massachusetts in the 1850’s compulsory school was resisted with guns as children were taught at home by their parents and as well worked on the land. Some thirty years later the militia took hold and by force marched children off to mandatory school. The Barnstable outpost on Cape Cod was the last of the group to resist the forced, institutional education.

Interesting as well in the 1800 Canada and onward, residential schools were set up for Aboriginals through the government and churches. However, they were not meant solely for teaching, rather they were established to convert Aborignals, and were often times of low quality, over crowded, harsh, mean spirited and abusive sexually. Many children died of malnutrition, disease and overcrowding. Eventually children, their parents and leaders protested, but it took many more years before changes were made in the better half of the 1900’s. As a matter of fact, Stephen Harper in 2008 made a detailed public apology to the Aboriginal folks who suffered under this regime.

Institutions will always be institutions and home schooling is preferred and growing among Americans and Canadians alike.
commented 2016-01-25 01:17:07 -0500
Francis i know what you mean, you hand someone say 21.65 when the bill is 16.65 and they stare at it like an idiot.
commented 2016-01-24 20:39:20 -0500
Last Friday, a man came to my door trying to switch me to Bell services. He could not add $81 plus $30 in his head.
commented 2016-01-23 19:27:05 -0500
I just did a quick calculation (in my head, by the way) and I figure that my grade 1, 2 and 3 teachers would be about 115-120 years old if they were still alive. By the time I entered grade 4, I understood that decent grammar is actually important, I could spell, and I knew EXACTLY how to use an apostrophe correctly. Those three teachers would turn in their graves if they could see how badly prepared today’s first-year university students are. While it’s true that few of us expect perfection any more, can we at least teach them to NOT look like morons?
commented 2016-01-23 18:14:36 -0500
Eye halve a spelling chequer;
It came with my pea see;
It plainly marques four my revue,
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say,
Weather eye am wrong oar write;
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid,
It nose bee fore two long,
And eye can put the error rite;
Its rare lea ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it;
I am shore your pleased two no,
Its letter perfect awl the weigh,
My chequer tolled me sew.

–Mark Eckman and Jerrold H. Zar
commented 2016-01-23 16:16:37 -0500
cute…so why aren’t more kids home schooled or in private schools? Some little private schools in small towns are incredibly low cost with very dedicated and principled teachers and are proven better by test scores?. Until Canada brings in charter schools across the country the standards will continue to go down.
commented 2016-01-23 15:44:59 -0500
Linda Cayer: Just love your comment. I think it says it all. Thank goodness the last of my six children carefully inched their respective ways through the dismal education system that existed in Alberta just over 30 years ago. Without the input from me and their father, I can’t imagine how screwed up their mindsets would be today (e.g. Princess Diana was a “martyr” my son was dictated to by his Grade 5 class “teacher” cum idiot). From what I see and hear, parents today have even a tougher row to how than I did. God preserve us all!
commented 2016-01-23 13:28:30 -0500
Why does the thread post my comment twice, and strike through half the comment. Whats up with the duplication and Censure all in one.
commented 2016-01-23 13:28:29 -0500
Why does the thread post my comment twice, and strike through half the comment. Whats up with the duplication and Censure all in one.
commented 2016-01-23 13:27:12 -0500
I don’t see the video pic/link when I come on the site. My Browser must block it.
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So I see things about Spelling and about Homosexuality above…
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As I have said just seconds ago, I’d rather be a terrible speller than a stinky feller.
commented 2016-01-23 13:27:12 -0500
I don’t see the video pic/link when I come on the site. My Browser must block it.
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So I see things about Spelling and about Homosexuality above…
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As I have said just seconds ago, I’d rather be a terrible speller than a stinky feller.
commented 2016-01-23 13:16:22 -0500
Loved that video – it is far more truthful than most will realize.

They are not teachers – they are “educators” – that is why.

It is more important to know how you “feel” in school today than it is to:

1. Be able to spell,

2. Do simple math in your head, and;

3. Actually have enough logic wedged in your brain to be able to tell someone the date the War of 1812 took place.

No wonder modern day “educators” are becoming a seriously despised group as a whole.

When they work they put in a few hours.

When they do not work they attempt to figure out the best time to go on strike.