Earlier this month I wrote an article about how concerned I am to send my children to public school when it seems so mired in an outdated curriculum with too much of a focus on busywork and memorization.
So you can imagine my distress when I saw a story that popped up on themetapicture.com under the heading, Some Teachers Don’t Even Care Anymore along with this photo:
At first glance it seems horrifying, right? Confirms every single fear I have about public school. But I’m glad I kept reading. The most popular comment after the post on themetapicture.com is one from Machele Kindle who, according to the Facebook profile she posted under, is a professor at Bridgemont Community and Technical College. Kindle hits the nail on the head. The comment is so on the money I’m going to repost it here in its entirety even though it’s a bit long.
It seems most people are assuming the teaching is lazy and uncaring. In reality, it is much more likely that the teacher *doesn’t have time* to read every word. Let’s say that the average class size is 20 and the teacher teaches 5 sections of Literature a day. That’s 100 students, of which, each has turned in a midterm.
It took me about 3 minutes to read this, deciphering the hand writing (which is often a challenge). The answer is actually not too bad as far as grammar and punctuation, so little to correct there. It, at first, addresses the topic in an appropriate way. Thus, it seems a reasonable assumption that 3 minutes is the minimum time required to read and grade a decent answer. Keep in mind that it takes longer for a poorly written question.
At 3 minutes each for 100 students, that’s 300 minutes minimum *for one question of a multi-page midterm*. That’s 5 hours for this question alone. I see at least two other pages, looking at the top right of the picture. If the other two pages are essay questions, you’re now looking at 15 hours, minimum, of grading for this mid-term. So, yeah, if he or she missed this paragraph (if it were real), it seems excusable to me the the teacher missed the bottom portion of an answer that began well.
Perhaps a parent reading the test might have caught it? I doubt a parent read it. If they did, who would be the culprit, the overworked teacher who missed it or the student who faked the answer? When it was my parents, who sometimes *did* spot check my work, reading my essay, *I* would be the one in trouble, not the teacher, for trying to pull a fast one.
Unless you’re a teacher, or the family of a teacher, you don’t have a clue what a teacher actually does or goes through in order to do their job. Stop assuming they’re lazy when most are really just overwhelmed and start making the student take some responsibility for their education.
What do you think? Is this a parental fail, as Kindle suggests? Is the grade the teacher gave the student and the fact that it reveals he or she never even read the paper appalling? Or should Machele Kindle’s comment get an A+?
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