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Here are some of the more common remarks when I attempt to confiscate an electronic device in class.
Teachers are easy targets, but I never thought we would be under attack in California. The recent Vergara v. California ruling strips teachers of essential job protections under the pretense of “equality.” Without these job protections, low-income and inner-city schools will become even harder to staff. The case seemed like it helped needy kids, but the media frenzy neglected to uncover the motives of David Welch, the rich Silicon Valley financier of the case. His investments include Microsoft, Pearson, and the Eli Broad Foundation…all big businesses who will benefit from making teachers easier to fire. Mark my words, pay for performance is not far behind. I wrote letters and sent emails about this travesty, but the local newspaper didn’t publish it and my Congressman hasn’t gotten back to me. It’s like no one cares. Protect your job and fight for our rights. Teachers are under attack in California. Watch your back.
Don’t you hate when kids do this? I think some do it to avoid the work, but others just don’t seem to know any better.
The funniest is when you ask, like, ten times: “Did everyone get a test?”
“Did everyone get an answer sheet?”
“Does anyone need a test?”
“Does anyone need a pencil?”
“Does anyone need anything else to begin? OK, let’s get started…”
Then they complain that they don’t have enough time to do the test. And they blame YOU.