I've known lots of teachers, mine, my children's, in US and Canada. None brilliant. Mine, in US in 40s and 50s, were OK - thoughtful, helpful, well-intentioned, but none as dumb as characterized in this thread. My kids' in Canada's teachers were not so thoughtful, helpful, and well-intentioned, but not stupid. Same with doctors, but more likely in Canada to encounter ass hole doctors, still not stupid.
My grandchildren in US are either home schooled, in Montessori schools, or in closely monitored public schools. Don't know much about them, but their teachers are not stupid.
I know plenty of teachers in my own small remote community in BC. Most are OK, a psychopath or two, political leftists, and only one that I known who is stupid; but hey I go shooting with my local high school principal! Seems like an OK guy.
To: caveat emptor
That's the thing Caveat, there are some excellent public school teachers out there, but they don't take a stand against the failing school they may be working in or the terrible teacher they know is right next door. They stay in line with their union and defend the bad teachers convinced if they don't they're out of a job. Some of the worst teachers are your union agitators and fighters to uphold tenure rules (designed to protect free speech in college class rooms NOT poor teachers). When I went with my daughter to fill out her Freshman schedule, the Guidance Counselor pulled it up on her computer and knowing that I had a HS teaching background scanned the teachers names my daughter had gotten. Then under her breathe said “ok, got the good ones”.
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