I know I am nuts… but I have just come back from an event where I think it’s “Do what I say… not what I do…”.
Daniel and I have returned from an event where Teachers / Parents have come to participate. What I am so surprised by was the amount of adult figures/teachers who are hanging off cell phones by either calling or texting while their groups are engaged with activities.
Not just a couple, but many had their group of kids with us. The teacher sitting on a bench or chair unconnected to their class. Kids turning around and asking the teacher to see what they just did. “One Minute”, “Oh That’s Nice” and quickly go back to texting with their answer to the kid being so non caring. One we witness constantly texting for 15 minutes and miserable to be there.
It was interesting witnessing the groups where the leader/teacher/parent was in on the activity encouraging the group and really in there like a dirty shirt. Children seemed more intuitive and eager to learn. Verses the other groups where the leader figure has chosen to sit back and be uninterested in what was going on. The kids were bored much faster and seeking so more new excitment.
I just think to myself… I think cell phones shouldn’t be in schools either… but I think it’s unfair for these same people to dictate to the kids about their usage on phones should also respect the same rules, even though it’s a field trip. When I was a kid, it was practically unheard of and leaders would be involved. I would have loved to know what was so important to be texting about anyway!
The educational system is slipping and it baffles me why some teachers become teachers when I see something like this? Maybe it’s just a job now to many instead of a passion.