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The connections between being a veteran and being threatened by special snowflakes is inherently null and drawing one created a false dichotomy.
why be bothered by them if they aren’t?
Sure, I'll bite.
Any teacher who teaches his or her students how to read, understand, and apply instructions has already taught their student how to do taxes. In addition, they've also managed to teach their students the keys to success that they need in order to pass all the required state and/or Federal testing which students are pummelled with in the U.S., and the article you posted is so US centric I can't imagine you're trying to teach anywhere else.
Here's the thing about taxes. They are not hard. Especially for people of low income, they basically involve filling in 3-5 numbers, which are already outlined and clearly labelled on your income documents, into a couple spaces on a single page (1040 EZ? even half page) form. It can be done in 30 minutes. What taxes are is intimidating. And they're mostly intimidating to people who haven't done them before, or haven't done them much. Say, by the way...you filed taxes yet? Cuz you act like they're mega scary, and you don't talk like you make enough money for that to be right.
When you say that you want to teach students how to do taxes and etc in a course like what you describe, I think many things. First and foremost are these:
1) So you are going to do this during required class time? Thus taking away all the time that you're going to need to get your students prepared for state/federal testing? (which ensures funding to your school and also reflects on you in a yearly score that school administration will be tracking and will impact your ability to keep your job)
2) If not, so you are going to offer this as an elective? And you expect students to willingly sign up for "boring life skills" when they could do art, music, drama, programming, forensics, or shop electives? (News flash: the kids who sign up for an elective life skills class are the students who are proactive enough and already care - scratch that, already worry - enough about these topics that they don't actually need such a class)
and 3) So you are going to, again, derail your students from state-wide and national metrics which they are required to meet (not to mention that their meeting of such helps them get into higher education) in order to further your moral agenda? Oh. Ok. Because it is more important that you teach kids what your personal opinion of what is Right, than you ensure that they are prepared for later grades (assuming you won't be teaching seniors in high school), later testing (besides state wide and federal standards, don't forget the SAT andor ACT and or whatever) and/or higher education or other opportunities?
I don't support all the testing we do in the US or the standards we hold our students to, necessarily, but that's the system you'll be walking into as a teacher and as someone who's supposedly training to be one, you seem woefully unaware of that.
- We, as a modern society, have lost something along the way to a higher education: moral and civil upbringing.
- I am, however, studying to be a teacher,
I feel sorry for your future students
If Claire was 46 instead of 26 this wouldn't be an issue; I may know (about) what my coworkers make (really, I have only the barest clue), but I certainly don't know what they did before this job or what their wealth plans are for their life after. I work with several people who own their homes and I never wonder how they could afford to do so on "what must be" their current salary; there's the simple, sweet assumption that at some point they made enough and saved enough to afford a down payment over the years, when at my point in life I simply haven't (or haven't been able to) - of course, with yet added on the end of that.
On the other hand, I'd say to Claire that there's a wide space between "assuming a coworker's parents help them pay for housing" vs. "assuming a coworker's parents help them pay for housing and also somehow had enough money and leverage to help her get her current job." Why would the two be so inextricably tied? As an outsider, such an assumption would feel like a giant leap.
I know a waitress/hostess who goes to several, several music festivals a year - I assume her parents help her pay for those, (in a trickle-down sort of way if not directly - i.e., by helping pay for her housing so she has money to burn on music festivals, if not giving her money for the festivals themselves) but I'd never think her parents got her her job, too.
My observation of the issue is that it's two-fold: one; there is an issue which should be circulated (as it has been), but also two; new users aren't going to know that, and with the current set-up of Hubski, this post, and your 2034-day old post, simply aren't going to get seen by others going forward as they "bump down" in the feed.
My mind's on governance these days as I try to set up this project for work, which is why I think it's important to point out/remember that while it's great - absolutely great and important - that we create posts and share issues real-time with the current hubski community, in the way we do now -- we have to keep a mind for the people who are going to come along after us, whether that's in a day, a week, a month, or a year. So stuff like this should get added to one of the basic "about," "faq," "tmi," or etc pages - or the mail page - or whichever place suits the topic best - but we can't forget to do that housekeeping on the back end as well as this front-end alert of the current active community.
My concern's not just, or maybe even not mostly, about or regarding site-wide clarity - it's for the users who won't have ever seen this post because they weren't here when it happened.
On a side note, I've noted (what appears to be) a recurrence of an earlier #bugski - since this thread's up, might as well mention it here - when checking my replies for this thread, I saw one from mk. However, the notification says "you are muted here." That being said, I'm not muted in the thread, by Devac, or by mk, so I'm not sure what's throwing this signal. I'd observed something similar a while ago to mk and we thought we'd fixed it at the time. May need to look into again.