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An Educator (And NEA President) Schools Us On What Teachers Do Every Day

In our precarious times, teachers have become social workers, substitute parents, babysitters, and psychologists too.

Nearly everyone would agree that teachers in our country are underpaid and underappreciated. But in our precarious times, teachers have become social workers, substitute parents, babysitters, and psychologists too. Besides teaching the three R's, they monitor the mental health and well-being of children.

In a speech that verges on performance art, National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen García lists all the important work that a typical teacher does in a day. “We serve kids a hot meal, we put Band-Aids on boo-boos," she starts. But then it turns into an insane litany listing the manifold tasks of a typical teacher: immunizations, paperwork, “career counseling, pregnancy counseling, mental health counseling." Teachers stop kids from bullying, “tell them to say 'I'm sorry' and mean it," “foster racial tolerance and cultural diversity." And that's just the beginning.

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"Holocaust Memorial" by faeanna is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The atrocities committed during WWII are fading from history because we’re failing to teach future generations about them. Now, a new law in Oregon will make sure we don’t repeat the darker chapters of our past by requiring students to learn about the Holocaust, as well as other genocides.

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Should children clean their own schools? Japan thinks so.

Japanese parents and educators say the children are learning to respect their surroundings.

Many Japanese schools don’t hire janitors or custodians in the traditional American role, and much of the school cleaning is done by the children themselves.

One of the traditions of Japanese education is that students do o-soji (cleaning). It’s one of the few things non-Japanese tend to know about Japanese schools. Unfortunately, many of us tend to get the details wrong.

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Students at Redditor Z-Games’s school recently received the school’s yearbook, only to have it yanked out of their young hands thanks to some guy named Jordan and his quote, according to fellow Reddit user Bwavo.

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via U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr

There are two shocking facts about the United States of America that should never live side-by-side: Americans waste billions of pounds of food each year while children go hungry.

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The image below stirred up controversy on Reddit, earning over 10,000 comments. The story behind the post is a kid was asked to used the “addition strategy” to solve a multiplication problem. The question was 5x3. The student showed their work as 5+5+5, which equals fifteen. That checks out, but the teacher still took away points, writing “3+3+3+3+3.” Which also equals 15.

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