Brooke Iverson

Kearney, NE, United States

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Brooke Iverson
Posted over 3 years ago
Have you reinvented yourself, or started a movement?
Sebastian, Hang in there. It does get better as you get older. Even though your high school doesn't allow you to experience all the things you would like to, is there a way you could find someone to mentor you in the area that you have interest in? Or are their workshops or conferences that you could attend at your library, city building etc? Just a thought. Also, I hate to see your last line about how all teens think about is booze, smoking and sex. I find that hard to believe. I honestly feel that they care about the world and those around them, but it is way "cooler" to act as though you don't care and only think about those things listed. In addition, it may be the age you are at- but most people don't like to be told what to be interested in or that they need to expand their horizons. So maybe it is your timing or tactic in trying to get them to realize it. But keep trying- they will soon find themselves thinking of others beyond themselves. It just seems you have matured and evolved to that point faster than they have.
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Brooke Iverson
Posted over 3 years ago
Can you give me one idea that would help to save public education?
The last topic of "how do we fire anyone in the public school system" is just like any other workforce. You fire the ones who are not working. And you can NOT base their achievements or lack thereof on students scores of state or national tests. The entire nation has the wrong idea about tenure. Tenure does not mean you can never be fired. It simply means you can not be fired without due process. Any teacher can get fired, at any time. If you are tenured, and you are fired, you can ask for a hearing. You have to have a hearing within x amount of days and you have an educational lawyer that represents you. The district has to prove that they followed the law, gave several warnings or situations to improve what needed to get better as well as document the situation. If the district did not follow the law or code then the firing can be reversed- ONLY if the teacher has asked for their hearing. Also tenure helps in the fact that if you are working in the school system for 25 years and there is a budget short fall (imagine that!) and the district is looking for a way to make cuts- and you just happen to make the most amount of pay out of everyone in the district- they can not fire you due to that reason. And speaking of pay- I think a) teachers should get paid MORE than they do now and/or B) those who teach for 6 years in any district (not just low income) should get their college tuition wrote off. Now, of course, if you went to Harvard to be a teacher, that may be a different story... but that is just my ideas on how to make the system better. Other professions do similar things, I don't understand why education is not run that way.
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Brooke Iverson
Posted over 3 years ago
Can you give me one idea that would help to save public education?
Statistics show that those students who fall behind or do not do well continue on that downhill slide and most often drop out. If they have not mastered the concepts in which a teacher is required that their students master, they should not move on. Do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars. I also think kids should be exposed to countless, creative and different classes early on. If I wanted to be a firefighter, why would I want to sit through music class? Why would I need to take French? Why would I have to be assessed on my writing skills of a persuasive essay? Why not give that student the classes he/she needs for their future EARLY so they can see the importance and determine if it the right path for them? I think all kids are gifted and talented, yet the education systems only qualifies those in math and language/reading areas. What about those who can play Mozart at the age of 7? What about those who have great hand eye coordination or can throw a ball at 98 miles per hour at the age of 15? And the question of "do we invest in training for teachers?" To me, that is a no brainer and here is why. Most of the teachers in today's society are set to retire in the next 10 years. That means that the majority of those in the education field are 50 years or older. So, that being said, do you want your child to have a veteran teacher who never uses technology in the classroom because they do not grasp it? Or the veteran teacher still lectures to the kids all day because that is how they were taught to teach? I know I wouldn't and I would like to see those teachers continue to take classes and have the community invest in their training so it will be a pay off in two ways: all teachers will be up to date in current curriculum, technology, training, processes etc AND students will benefit from it thus creating more successful students out in the workforce.
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Brooke Iverson
Posted over 3 years ago
Can you give me one idea that would help to save public education?
These are great questions- and none have an easy answer. The fact of the matter is because every one has gone through the education system, every one feels like they are "experts." So, in that regard, since I have had surgery must mean that I can now perform that same surgery on someone else? I think those who are going into education should be exposed to the classroom early on in their college career. The sooner they set foot in the classroom, the better they can figure out if it is the career for them as well as pick up as many tools they can for their teaching toolbox. They should also be paid to be in the classroom when in training. Teaching is the only career that you do an internship for up to 18 weeks - UNPAID. I think with the current education system and government, teachers should have the right to join a union if they would like. Everyone would like the support and ability to have representation if they are needing it. Children who do not behave need to have consequences that fit the misbehavior and PARENTS should be included in that decision as well as making it important (if not mandatory) for parents to take parenting lessons. I know that some people will say that there are kids who do not have control of their actions/behaviors but that is why the schools have IEP's and then tailor the child's education to their learning and behavior issues. Students who do not speak English should not be in the education system. They should have to pass a test or somehow show they can understand and fluently speak English at the grade/age that they are at. If they can not, then they can not enroll. It'd be great if there were specialized schools that would target these kids to be able to get them up to speed while still educating them in their native language. Students have a responsibility to study, prepare and execute skills when they are asked to. If they do not, and fall behind, they should NOT move on.
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Brooke Iverson
Posted over 3 years ago
Can you give me one idea that would help to save public education?
Teachers are going to be competent in their fields. They have to take courses and continue to do so in order to keep their license. Most teachers are teaching outside of their fields because of budget cuts- why pay 4 teachers when 1 can do the job of those other 3. Why would public school teachers have to publish work? I may not understand what you are saying here, so a little bit more information is needed. From the way I understand it, you want teachers to not only teach but also do research or write journals/articles relating to what they are teaching? And I'm a bit confused on your last point as well- what do you mean "consumable workloads'? Thanks for clarifying!