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post #21 of 60
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Originally Posted by Calidris View Post
Level 4 jobs...

sounds a bit Brave New World eh?
That is EXACTLY what DH keeps saying! He keeps walking around saying "I'm so happy I am not a Delta." He's driving me nuts.
post #22 of 60
ooohhhhh, THAT would tick me off!

Find out where that came from and fast. Nothing like instilling prejudices in the wee ones.
post #23 of 60
How irresponsible of her. I hate when people try ro motivate kids like that. It's so misleading and dishonest. In the community I teach in, a lot of the kids will grow up to be boatbuilders, lobstermen, or carpenters. They will be perfectly comfortable and happy--where does that fit in her caste system?
post #24 of 60
If the teacher has been vague you could probably "clarify" her statements with your own definition of the levels. Like level one is ignorance and indifference, level four is awareness and understanding. That learning and learning how to understand is very important. And maybe talk about how your job does not define your view of the world. If he still sticks with the more education=better whatever idea, you could use it as an example of how different people think different things and how different people have different priorities.
post #25 of 60
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President of the United States must be a Level 1 job, as both our current and most recent former presidents have used illegal substances in their day.
That's what I was thinking.



I, for one, absolutely admire and appreciate garbage pickup....I can only imagine how hard it would be without that luxery. They provide a service I'm sure the teacher would be upset to see stop at her house.
post #26 of 60
Two things.

Do you have any idea what garbage men get paid here? More than some so-called level 3 jobs, I can tell you that.

And, I can remember a friend of mine several years ago being absolutely furious when her 7 year old got the drug talk and came home crying because mommy, you're an alcoholic and a drug user! Her crimes? She smoked a pack of cigarettes roughly every 3 to 4 days and drank approximately 2 beers after work, and not every day. :

IMO, if it takes you 3 or 4 days to kill a pack of cigarettes you aren't even a real smoker. But the idea that if you even drink 2 beers on a friday night your kids are going to freak out? Ridiculous.

OP, tell us how the chat goes. :
post #27 of 60
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I, for one, absolutely admire and appreciate garbage pickup....I can only imagine how hard it would be without that luxery. They provide a service I'm sure the teacher would be upset to see stop at her house.
yeah, I lived in a place without garbage pick-up for a while... and let's just say I appreciate it all the more now. I won't tell you about the time the guy who emptied the honey bucket hoppers (basically, the village I was in didn't have any kind of piped water... you have a bucket-toilet in your house and have to dump your wee-wee and doo-doo into a communal hopper, and then they come around and collect it) quit without giving village officials time to hire someone new. That was a ripe couple of weeks.

Hug your sanitation worker.
post #28 of 60
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So, I talked to his teacher and, sadly, it was pretty much how he relayed it, minus the money stuff. But work hard so you get a good education and a good job and are successful, blah blah blah. And she didn't seem to get how it could possibly be classist or racist.

We're seriously thinking of pulling him out, not just because of this, but because the pressure to meet benchmarks and achieve is brutal and often at the expense of actual learning. He's been very unhappy. I'd write more, but right now I'm feeling too stressed.
post #29 of 60
I'm sorry.
post #30 of 60
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We're seriously thinking of pulling him out, not just because of this, but because the pressure to meet benchmarks and achieve is brutal and often at the expense of actual learning. He's been very unhappy. I'd write more, but right now I'm feeling too stressed.
This is why my kids are going to a Sudbury school next year...to avoid all the crap that I have to "teach"! I can't wait for NCLB ends...:
post #31 of 60
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Originally Posted by annettemarie View Post
So, I talked to his teacher and, sadly, it was pretty much how he relayed it, minus the money stuff. But work hard so you get a good education and a good job and are successful, blah blah blah. And she didn't seem to get how it could possibly be classist or racist.
That's sad. When I was a teacher, I told them an education gives you CHOICES. I never put down one job or another.
post #32 of 60
That SUCKS.

My first thought was maybe they were talking about the Security Clearance Levels of Military Jobs that DO matter if you've ever done drugs or not....

Damn that the worse option was true.
post #33 of 60
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Holy crap, she did it AGAIN!!!

This morning, Michael treated us to a classification and judgment session on being a meter maid (level 1) vs being an astronaut (level 4). Apparently it was part of their discussion of the book Muggy Maggy.

*head exlodes*
post #34 of 60
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Holy crap, she did it AGAIN!!!

This morning, Michael treated us to a classification and judgment session on being a meter maid (level 1) vs being an astronaut (level 4). Apparently it was part of their discussion of the book Muggy Maggy.

*head exlodes*
Yikes, meter maids here make good money too, lol. And they have to pass a major background check, have good credit, and pass a psych eval. They're considered law enforcement.
post #35 of 60
So I sort of stumbled in here, but OMG this teacher is disturbing. This is the kinda stuff that makes me want to home school.
And I would have to agree with the PP meter maids and garbage collectors are important jobs, teachers should not be putting them down.

Anyways if meter maids and garbage collectors are level one then what does the teacher consiter him/her self. My DH is a elem. teacher and I would say maybe level two. At least using the teachers opinions.
And what they are teaching about drugs, wow that is crazy. There is a big diffrence between smoking and drinking a beer compared to using heroin and meth. Saying they are similar just downplays how dangourous heroin and meth are.

Oh there is so much about this that bothers me I could rant and type all day, but my LO is crying and I am just going to work myself up thinking about everything that is wrong about all of this.
post #36 of 60
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Originally Posted by annettemarie View Post
Holy crap, she did it AGAIN!!!

This morning, Michael treated us to a classification and judgment session on being a meter maid (level 1) vs being an astronaut (level 4). Apparently it was part of their discussion of the book Muggy Maggy.

*head exlodes*
Okay this would really disturb me. A lot. Once I was willing to sort of brush off, but this is now a theme.
post #37 of 60
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This morning, Michael treated us to a classification and judgment session on being a meter maid (level 1) vs being an astronaut (level 4).
Wow. What do you think about talking to the principal? I mean, you tried talking to the teacher, and she obviously didn't care or understand or listen.

I'd be super pissed about that too.
post #38 of 60
So...not even addressing how irritated this teacher is making me, I want to know where "SAHM with a MA" falls on her little education and class chart.
post #39 of 60
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I think we're negative ones.
post #40 of 60
Here we are wasting - WASTING I tell you - that grad school education in order to read "I Want To Be Your Personal Penguin" again and again and again and again and again and...

Totally OT but I am really starting to hate that book.
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