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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Munchkin Man: [QB] Greetings Natural Resources: The Munchkin Man would like to thank you for a beautifully written and thought provoking testimonial on what it was like to be on both ends of the bullying experience. In fact, it is one of the best pieces the Munchkin Man has ever read on the subject. Yet, the Munchkin Man still does not believe that he ever crossed the line with the high and exacting standards he demanded from his students. The Munchkin Man was tough. The Munchkin Man was fair. Believe it or not, the Munchkin Man was really a very caring and compassionate teacher. The Munchkin Man would bend over backwards to help any student who truly sought his help. The Munchkin Man was always willing to help any student who wanted to come to see him after school. The problem was that the Munchkin Man usually had a number of students staying back for after school detention on almost every school day. It was the Munchkin Man's love and aptitude for mathematics, along with the Munchkin Man's sense of fair play, which tempered the "revenge" he got from his students. This "revenge" may have crossed the line and run amok if the Munchkin Man had chosen a different career, such as a police officer. Fortunately, the Munchkin Man did not take that career path. Besides, the Munchkin Man would have never made it in police academy anyway. That's because the Munchkin Man has a fear of guns. As it turned out, the Munchkin Man's "revenge" turned out to be nothing more than a set of standards which were higher than that of the typical teacher. There is nothing wrong with high standards -- as long as your standards are fair and the means by which you evaluate how your students perform to your standards are fair. The Munchkin Man always tried to be fair. Therefore, the Munchkin Man has no regrets over the teaching practices he employed and the standards he upheld during his teaching career. What the Munchkin Man does regret is having his teaching career run into the crosswinds of the touchy feely "self-esteem" movement. It was this movement which brainwashed many teachers into dumbing down their academic standards and wet nursing their students to death with false and phony levels of self-esteem. The Munchkin Man was out of place during this era. The Munchkin Man has always been a staunch traditionalist. The Munchkin Man was never a fan of John Dewey. Maybe the Munchkin Man should have been born in a different era. The Munchkin Man will now bring this to a close. Thanks again for the great testimonial. Good luck to you. Best Wishes, Munchkin Man [/QB][/QUOTE]
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