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Re: Need advice
And I had the ability to look at situations realistically and make realistic decisions for my students. I didn't live in a fantasy land. I'm on this board because the board didn't cause the problems with standardized testing, scheduling problems, lack of parenting, etc. So, why are you on this board, since you too, are retired? Also, if things were so great and perfect when you taught, why did you retire? I answered your questions, now let's see if you are willing to answer mine.
It was only a few years ago so yeah, I know what it was like very recently. And yes, you have your experiences. I just don't know anyone that has had the same experiences as you which is why I said what I said.
And if your experience was so bad and retirement is so good why are you still here on the board?
You have your opinion based on your experiences and I have mine. You didn't teach in my school and I didn't teach in yours. Maybe my view isn't cynical. Perhaps yours is a fantasy. But again, I don't know since I am not you just as you are not me. I'm enjoying my retirement and and I have no intention of going back. And before you say it, I did have a successful career and my bands were successful. I paid my dues and I have a right to retire. If you'd like to go back, go for it. Then come back here and tell us what you discovered about the way things are now.
That's a rather small view of things. Of all the kids I ever taught you parents and kids you describe were very much the small, small, minority of my students and families.
I am glad you are enjoying retirement. I am too - but I never had such a cynical view of things.
*cue the "you're doing it all wrong" comments.
Nope, you're not doing it all wrong. Kids are this way because parents have become irresponsible and immature. They are having kids younger and younger and will not grow up and be real adults. They still want to party and dress like kids. As I said in a previous response, this is one of the reasons In got out, retired and have absolutely, positively no intention of EVER going back, I'm on year 5 of retirement and don't regret it. I don't know how many more years you have left or if you plan to keep doing it until you are eligible for retirement. If you stay with it, you are a better person than me. If I were 22 or 23 and just starting out now, I could not make it until retirement. Especially since they changed the retirement rules and are forcing everyone to teach longer.