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Yesterday on the show, we talked about a 4th grade teacher in Illinois named Ellie Eubenstein, who quit her job via YouTube.
She says that the reason she is quitting is because the education system is too focused on testing instead of finding constructive and creative ways to teach students.
You can watch the full video here:
I personally think the video is rather self serving and she could have done it in a shorter time but she does have a point.
Many schools are cutting art and music programs to make way for advance placement classes because they look better on a college application. The truth is that not every kid needs to go to college! Some might need just a trade school or maybe just an apprenticeship for the job that is best for them.
When I was a senior in high school, I had an English teacher come up to me and ask why I wasn’t in theatre or on a stage. When I ask what he meant he said I had a big mouth and was a funny kid and that I should be performing.
This is was the first time anyone had ever said this to me. Everyone else told me to sit down and shut up because I could never make money telling jokes. Guess what, because of that English teacher, I am in front of the microphone now.
Sadly because of this new way of teaching, teachers don’t have the ability to really encourage kids to pursue a career best suited to their talents and passions.