Paul Shepard

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  1. Again, it seems like a lot of my comments are OT. It is curious that when I read the quote I thought of the role of parents – not teachers, in “rearing” children. I am more and more convinced that our role as teachers is ultimately doomed unless we as a society figure out how to parent more effectively and get our priorities straight. So many of our students come from such horrible situations at home that they can barely learn. We need dads to step up and be dad’s and realize that their number one role is to “rear” their children sacrificially.
    I know that I can make a difference in the lives of my students. That is just not enough. They need more than I as a teacher or an educational system can give them. There is not substitution for a loving, nurturing and functional home. How will my student (that I will call Pablo) ever learn how to be an effective dad when his took off to another country when he was 11 to live with some woman he met on the internet. Pablo never hears from him. Not surprisingly Pablo is not able to function very well as a student.
    I really resent the constant implication of society that if we were really effective teachers we could reach, and have great results with, every kid…..I just can’t believe that. I have written notes to Pablo, have stopped him repeatedly in the hallway this year to positively reinforce him. I visited him in the hospital. I have done a lot beyond what I can do in the classroom. The bottom line is that he has a very difficult time dealing with the anger and hurt caused him by his dad. And the vicious cycle will continue.
    TPRS has enabled me to personalize my classrooms more than I ever have in the past. I have relationships with students that I had only dreamed of before. My classes are non-threatening and inviting. We laugh and enjoy the flow of the language. Many of my students (thanks to you, Ben) have names that developed “organically” and this enables great bonding. Ultimately, however, it is still not enough. It is not enough for so many of my children from broken homes, with dads in jail or other painful situations.
    Sorry to go on and on but the quote touched a nerve. It is right on. How do we restore the family so that our children can come to school ready to learn ….? Parents have the real power here. What they do is ultimately so much more effective than what I as a teacher can do. That is what I take as the fundamental implication of the quote.

  2. I agree with you Skip. It is not our job to rear children. At the same time, we can have a positive impact on the lives of children, no matter how tiny. My hope is that I can create an environment where all students feel safe and want to acquire Spanish or at least listen to the song of the week. I don’t worry too much about what happens when my students leave my classroom, I guess because I have no control over that. I know my students smoke, drink alcohol, smoke pot, and have sex, but I’d rather not think about that. I’d rather take joy from the moments when I witness teenagers let down their guard and forget about being cool while enjoying the Spanish language.

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