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Adam Blake - 5. Chapter 5

I did select the school Mom suggested. It took me the first year to select a major but I decided to be a teacher. Not in the sense of a normal teacher but one that dealt with students who had a difficult time grasping concepts as they were taught from a strict teaching position. When I talked to my advisor about this he tried to tell me it’d be frustrating and I’d burn out. Then I told him about Jerry, Dan, and Emory. I think he then understood where I was headed. He supported me, even had me visit the local high school during my sophomore year to work with some of their students. One of the students asked me about my high school. I explained about Jerry, Dan, and Emory. A little girl in the back of the room, “Did they call you Mr. Blake?”

“No, they called me Teach.” I was proud of that name, it meant something to them and as well as to me. I think they helped me to make up my mind to be a teacher.

I never took a summer break, I studied at school and when I wasn’t studying, I was helping someone to learn. When word got around, as they do in small towns, a lot of parents, teachers, and students came to ask for my help. I think my advisor realized that there was a need for a teacher like me and from that point on he was behind me 110 percent. I got my doctorate in an unorthodox manner. The school did not offer a Ph.D. program, you could earn a Bachelors's or Masters's degree. My advisor developed a program for me and when I had finished my dissertation, they called in professors from adjacent universities to judge what I had presented. The paper wasn’t an issue, it was the defense of the paper that was an issue. Some of them thought a liberal view to education would end up with a student who wouldn't be well rounded and would have difficulty earning a place in society. That was easy to discuss in that society was becoming more specialized and that humanities had an important role to play. By addressing each students learning need, one can open their minds and allow them to pursue their dreams. Our teaching methods simply say every student learns this way and that isn’t the case. I had my football players to use as an example, no names supplied.

We took a break after two hours for refreshments. My advisor said part of the problem is that they are not happy with our school doing this. “You are breaking ground and sometimes you hit a rock that needs blasted loose.”

I just laughed as we entered the room to begin the second round. They took the position that the teacher’s role is to present the material and unless the student asks for help, to continue as is. I wasn’t sure if they were testing me or believed that. I disagree with that proposition. "The teacher’s role is to insure every child in the classroom learns the material. She must have an army of methods to reach students. We have lists of genius that if we had the rigid teaching method that you propose, would never have develop. That sir would have been a waste of humanity. I have seen students who were characterized as being unable to learn, turn around and become excellent students. The only difference was the method used to reach them. In my opinion, there are no dumb students, only teachers who are not trained to be able to reach those children. Sirs, that would be a waste of a most valuable resource that can never be reclaimed.”

I sat down and waited. Everything was quiet. I thought I went too far but I knew I was right. If they didn’t want to give me the degree it was ok. I still would continue to teach as I saw the need.

My advisor came over and whispered in my ear. “You can leave. I’ll let you know the outcome.”

I stood up, nodded to the panel, and left the room. My friends were waiting for me, “Adam, what went on in there. We could hear you shouting.”

“I’m not sure. I was a little angry. I’m confused, are they upset because of what I wrote or because the school has awarded the possibility of a Doctorate.”

“If you get the degree you’ll be the first.”

“Hopefully not the last”

“Come on Adam you need a drink.” My friends led me to a bar close to the school. They knew I didn’t drink but they insisted I have something, so I had a glass of white wine.

I think we talked about everything except school. One of the fathers of the kids I worked with saw me, “Hello Adam, is everything all right?”

“Yes, John, just had a meeting with some professors and need a quiet time. How is Andy doing?”

“He’s doing very well. With the techniques you taught us, his schoolwork has improved. I think he may graduate with a decent school record. I didn’t think that before you came along.”

“John, I included Andy as an example in my thesis, I hope you don’t mind. He was Student AB if you ever get to read my thesis.”

“I’ll look for it, Adam. Thanks for what you did.”

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Any good idea or policy in the past be it in the workplace,research lab, law making what or wherever has always had plenty of opposition.We need people like Adam.

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There's a diamond in everyone, it just depends on how you polish it as to how shiny it can become! 

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Personally I'm O+, AB is rather rare... Oh that the title Adam gave him... Some teachers don't deserve to be in the positions that they hold. This is the way you do it and nothing else is correct. I moved north when I was very young and in Algebra England had taught a different way to do these equations than my new town. The first test I took they marked to a big fat zero because I hadn't done it their way. My dad might have had a few problems but he went out to bat for me that time and the teacher had to retract their method when a university lecturer met the board with dad... from that point on the math teacher used to lock me in the book cupboard to study by myself as England was further ahead and she wasn't willing to help me. God only knows how I became a accountant!

Loving the story and still in love with Adam!:glomp:

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2 hours ago, weinerdog said:

Any good idea or policy in the past be it in the workplace,research lab, law making what or wherever has always had plenty of opposition.We need people like Adam.

I agree 100 percent.  It seems that there are always someone who doesn't want progress. They don't want to rattle the cage but that is how progress is accomplished. Adam will prove that

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2 hours ago, Chris L said:

There's a diamond in everyone, it just depends on how you polish it as to how shiny it can become! 

So true. There was a boy in my class that approach problems differently , people would laugh. He went on and something clicked for him and he got a doctorate in education.

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1 hour ago, Kev said:

Personally I'm O+, AB is rather rare... Oh that the title Adam gave him... Some teachers don't deserve to be in the positions that they hold. This is the way you do it and nothing else is correct. I moved north when I was very young and in Algebra England had taught a different way to do these equations than my new town. The first test I took they marked to a big fat zero because I hadn't done it their way. My dad might have had a few problems but he went out to bat for me that time and the teacher had to retract their method when a university lecturer met the board with dad... from that point on the math teacher used to lock me in the book cupboard to study by myself as England was further ahead and she wasn't willing to help me. God only knows how I became a accountant!

Loving the story and still in love with Adam!:glomp:

You will always love my Adam. What you experienced is exactly what Adam is fighting for. 

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Interesting chapter, he is right in his approach, I was married to a b*tch of a teacher, she was just cruel hence now being an ex, she did however say in every class you have three sides of a pie , one are the bright kids ,one are the slow kids and the other are the average kids, you cannot teach all three successfully, so you teach to one group, and in every scene you always have two groups who loose out, there can be no winners, especially when the class sizes are around 40 kids. A sad reflection of society

 

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9 hours ago, drsawzall said:

Bravo for Adam for pointing out the obvious to the oblivious!

Adam will fight for what he believes in, he will fight for the children.  I have a feeling we will see that again.

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8 hours ago, mikedup said:

Interesting chapter, he is right in his approach, I was married to a b*tch of a teacher, she was just cruel hence now being an ex, she did however say in every class you have three sides of a pie , one are the bright kids ,one are the slow kids and the other are the average kids, you cannot teach all three successfully, so you teach to one group, and in every scene you always have two groups who loose out, there can be no winners, especially when the class sizes are around 40 kids. A sad reflection of society

 

It is sad, and she was right, there are three groups and one group is lost. A class of 40 is to large. Again, those who can make the change are as bull headed as the prof's who listened to Adam's thesis.

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1 hour ago, CLJobe said:

It is sad, and she was right, there are three groups and one group is lost. A class of 40 is to large. Again, those who can make the change are as bull headed as the prof's who listened to Adam's thesis.

Here in South Africa , school class sizes are becoming in size of between 40 and 60 by government mandate. Crazy 

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1 minute ago, mikedup said:

Here in South Africa , school class sizes are becoming in size of between 40 and 60 by government mandate. Crazy 

That is bad. Reminds me of college when they had seminars which were in a special room that seated close to 100. You sat there and listened. Took notes and that was it. If you had a problem, you had to schedule a one on one with the prof.  I bet the larger classes is a result of not enough teachers or someone is complaining about the cost of education.  I hope you don't have anyone involved in that school, if you do, expect hiring a tutor.  

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7 minutes ago, CLJobe said:

That is bad. Reminds me of college when they had seminars which were in a special room that seated close to 100. You sat there and listened. Took notes and that was it. If you had a problem, you had to schedule a one on one with the prof.  I bet the larger classes is a result of not enough teachers or someone is complaining about the cost of education.  I hope you don't have anyone involved in that school, if you do, expect hiring a tutor.  

No fortunately all my kids are finished with schooling, I am glad that it is over with. My youngest son spent 4 years in boarding school with the Drakensberg boys choir,that was a tough but rewarding time the entire school only had 120 boys. They have plenty videos on YouTube, they had it tough school, their school day started at 7am and finished anytime from 6 pm onwards Monday to Saturday. It did teach them tremendous discipline

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1 minute ago, mikedup said:

No fortunately all my kids are finished with schooling, I am glad that it is over with. My youngest son spent 4 years in boarding school with the Drakensberg boys choir,that was a tough but rewarding time the entire school only had 120 boys. They have plenty videos on YouTube, they had it tough school, their school day started at 7am and finished anytime from 6 pm onwards Monday to Saturday. It did teach them tremendous discipline

I also imagined he had an excellent education. You are fortunate, or should I say he was fortunate.

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I 'graded' this chapter with an 'angry' symbol, not because of the writing or the sentiments behind it, (which garnered an 'A'), but for the mindset of those 'judging' his dissertation. It reminds me of two sayings: 'Those that can't do, teach' and 'Judge not, lest ye be judged'. Both (and more) are applicable. IMHO. (not to be confused with LMAO).

 

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6 hours ago, Anton_Cloche said:

I 'graded' this chapter with an 'angry' symbol, not because of the writing or the sentiments behind it, (which garnered an 'A'), but for the mindset of those 'judging' his dissertation. It reminds me of two sayings: 'Those that can't do, teach' and 'Judge not, lest ye be judged'. Both (and more) are applicable. IMHO. (not to be confused with LMAO).

 

I am sure you have met people who believe that knowledge is their gift and they know best. When threatened with a different view or position, rather then ;listen, they dig their hole much deeper. 

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