Pessimistic teachers

One in four teachers in urban schools say most of their students won’t be successful at a community college or university, according to a survey sponsored by the National School Boards Association. A slightly higher percentage say students “are not motivated to learn” and parents aren’t supportive.

In all, 23.6% of public school teachers at all levels say success in college would elude most students in their school. An additional 18% say they aren’t sure.

One in eight teachers say their school is not a safe place.

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  1. Cardinal Fang says:

    “One in four teachers in urban schools say most of their students won’t be successful at a community college or university”

    and the other three-quarters of the teachers are lying, dreaming or idiotic, because most students at urban schools won’t be successful at college.

  2. Charles R. Williams says:

    “One in four teachers…” Is that all?

  3. Don’t know if I would call them “pessimistic” teachers or not. More like being a “realist”. I’ve encountered WAAY too many students that would prefer to be somewhere else. I don’t put ALL students in that category. Of my 150 students this year, I would put in that category probably 10. Hoping I did the math correctly that comes down to 7% of my students.

    Tom.
    http://tnturner.edublogs.org

  4. —–and the other three-quarters of the teachers are lying, dreaming or idiotic….

    How about all three — or maybe just idealistic (which is, perhaps, the same thing) — because it’s better to believe too much in too many of your students than not enough….

    If I’m staffing an urban school I want those idiots — assuming they can match their belief in students with a belief in making them conquer the books.