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Teaching assistants are important

Posted Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at 3:28 PM

Good teaching assistants are worth their weight in GOLD.

The current price of gold per ounce is $1361.75. Based on my calculations using an average weight of 150, my former assistants had a value of $20,426.25 each.

To me, they were priceless. TA's do everything. They nurture, mentor, teach, nurse, parent, and perform endless office duties and paper work. A full day for any employee, but they also make time to liberally spread hugs and hope to the students.

The assistants at the Linton-Stockton Elementary School are certified. The passing of an examination is required by all of them. Some have degrees, some don't. More importantly, they like kids and work well with them.

Assistants are the perfect combination of teacher, supportive friend, and caring parent. "They are the sunshine in our lives."

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dhobbs you couldn't make it in the world today with an education like that! The computer youre using is one of the problems! It takes more than one teacher teaching more than one grande to do the job that is needed! So if you want to stay in your old world ways then get off that computer dont use a cell phone either because it wasnt the people taught in your way that invented or produced those things!

-- Posted by jake2106 on Tue, Mar 15, 2011, at 11:38 AM

I understand the analogy but I think teachers and aides are worth even more than you estimated. If there are 16 ounces to a pound and an aide weighs 150 pounds, then the value of that aide (oz. to oz. with the weight of gold)is actually $3,268,200.00.

-- Posted by cow rancher on Sat, Feb 12, 2011, at 12:18 AM

Like I said in my first post All kids should have a personal aid!

Maybe THE END will figure out that I was not Belittling or name calling. I was using irony to prove a point. There is no end to this type of thinking.

-- Posted by wotownboy on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 6:23 PM

What about school bus drivers?

They have 60-some kids on a bus, doing who knows what in the back seats, and they're expected to maintain discipline while driving a bus full of precious cargo. They make sure the kids get off the bus & safely across the street, and worry with cars that pass them illegally too.

If anyone needs an aide in the school system, it's school bus drivers.

-- Posted by The Raven on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 10:04 AM

FYI the people that paid for my education did not pay for an aid. The people that paid for my parents education did not pay for an aid. It's time to get back to the basics, better teachers and less whinning.

-- Posted by wotownboy on Tue, Feb 8, 2011, at 9:41 PM

Same old story.....People paid for your education; now you don't want to pay for someone else's......

I went to church last Sunday, and my pastor talked about how to deal with critics.

Two of his main points are critics will try to belittle your point if they can't argue a good one....and that, when cornered, a critic will venture down the road of name calling.

I am waiting for the "name calling" shoe to drop.

-- Posted by THE END on Tue, Feb 8, 2011, at 9:39 PM

I agree every student should have their own personal aid.

-- Posted by wotownboy on Tue, Feb 8, 2011, at 8:10 PM

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