I like to teach starting from where you are and what you know and going to where you want to be and what you want to know. This allows for exploration of many subjects and many ways of learning and experiencing the world. I taught in the public schools for two years. Many students lose interest in school when they are forced to learn things that they have no interest in and can't relate to. The focus on test scores has narrowed down what can be taught and how it can be taught to a point that this problem can no longer be avoided. I learned most of what I know outside the school system myself. I was able to avoid a lot of time and costs in college because I was able to test out of a lot of the coursework. After I left the public schools, I found that the same methods that I used to learn things on my own were helpful in tutoring students who wanted to do better in school, but had found that the schools could not respond to their special needs.
I am very concerned about the state of the public schools at this time. I see little hope that any meaningful reform can be accomplished for a long time yet to come. At the same time there has never been a time when actually knowing thing that are true and can be applied to the world that we live in has been more important. I cannot perform miracles, however I have succeeded with students whom had been abandoned as hopeless by everyone else. Sometimes simply adhering to sound principles of education is all that it takes.
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