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Good morning, good afternoon or good evening, depending on when you are tuning in. My name is Jonathan Torres Herrera and you are watching or listening to the JTH Show today. Let’s talk about something that I’m somewhat passionate about. Now I’m lying. I’m very passionate about, and that is who is failing teachers or the school system, but first roll the intro. <inaudible> all right. Thank you for coming back and watching one of our shows or if you’re new here, we do these shows now daily, where we talk about current events, headlines are out there and the world, and that we feel we should have a discussion with you.
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1 (1m 24s):
Well, you are going to get fired up for these ones because the first headline I got here was from the guardian and the headline was price gouging from COVID student. E-books costing up to 500% more than improved. Wow. I mean, I don’t know. I personally, I haven’t had any experience with the e-books or anything like that. I’m more of a, I’m more of a paper kind of guy analog books, if you like, but yeah, that’s a little bit and look at what they said here, that they go on to say that librarians at UK universities see students reading LESS for the term of being torn up because of publishes quote I watering increases to ebook prices.
1 (2m 9s):
And some students are now reading what is available or affordable rather than what their tutors think is best for their course. Wow. So it seems that, I mean, students not only have any money, but the con getting any and any, any, any of the tools that they need to be able to learn. It didn’t say anyway,
0 (2m 34s):
It’s insane. Yeah, it’s infuriating. So some of you guys, hopefully we’ll catch an interview that I did this week, where they Teacher well, at this point, an an ex teacher that was forced essentially to quit because of the pressures, the, the, the unjustice that exists in the school system. Now this story in particular, right, we’re talking about here from the UK, but the Teacher that I spoke to here in the U S specifically here in Texas, is somebody that has been teaching for 11 years based on my conversations with her, a great person, you know, probably even better Teacher and felt like there was no way out because of the issues that come from above.
0 (3m 24s):
Now, I said at the beginning of the show that I’m very passionate about these, these problems, because for a long time now, and by the way, full disclosure, I do have a bias in favor of Teachers Y yes, because some of you guys might know that my wife was an educator. And to a certain extent it’s still is because we homeschool all of our teachers side note, shout out to my children, all of them,
2 (3m 47s):
You made honor roll this week. <inaudible>
0 (3m 54s):
But anyways, back to the story here, I feel, you know, passionate about topics around Education because personally speaking, I feel like I didn’t get, you know, the best dealt hand when it came to my education growing up. Right. I felt like, ah, I don’t want to, I’m not going to sit here and say the Teachers fell Me, you know, but I do feel now as an adult, looking back that the education system failed me, right? Yes. Education system is ran by teachers and people. Ultimately, however, there are a lot of old fashioned antiquated, just, you know, tired out period practices that happen in schools.
0 (4m 41s):
And one of them right now, for instance, right, is not really evaluating as in the UK here with the article, how much should an e-book costs. And we were in an age of technology, ladies and gentlemen, we’re not in an age anymore where we’re writing what stones on, on, you know, brick walls or whatever, with stone walls, rather, we’re at an age of technology where a lot of these books, right? If yes, if you know where to find their free, but for a lot of people that don’t, and that’s a lot of people, how is it that right now, we’re going to charge a student who is trying to better themselves over 500% or more so that they can finish their education so that they can go on by the way, and hopefully be better productive members of society, which ultimately depending on where you are, we are going to benefit from right.
0 (5m 37s):
If tomorrow there are more doctors available or Teachers in this case, which by the way, also side note, there is not, and that should be extremely concerning to everybody listening to this. There are not more Teachers, there is not a, an increase of, of a inspiration out or even a want to be a Teacher. So that’s concerning. Okay. But anyways, if we do get to the point where there are more professionals out there, right, it has to all of our benefits to a great extent, right? We have heard countless people, including myself that we’ll, you know, talk a lot of smack because God, you know, there’s a lot of dumb people out there that aren’t they, and while, you know, that might be exaggerated most of the time, it is very true as well.
0 (6m 27s):
And you know, again, my point is we benefit from people wanting to go to school, wanting to get an education. But when you have a situation where you have books, eBooks, I repeat eBooks over 500% more expensive than a paper bag. That is outrageous. It’s outrageous. What else is at the, the article say,
1 (6m 50s):
Well, moving on. I mean, I think the whole point of it is actually accelerating the reason why the price has actually gone up because with thousands of, well, this The article that she says with thousands of students studying in their bedrooms at home because of the pandemic proving access to textbooks and research books online has become crucial. It’s not, it’s not like we can just go down to the library, check something out. And it’s just as easy as that. Sure. There are still some libraries that are open, but it’s not safe. It’s not a hundred percent safe for, for anyone to be going out. Whether it’s a student, whether it’s a teacher, whether it’s anybody.
1 (7m 31s):
Cause you could be having contact with people who are more vulnerable to the virus. Anyway, moving on librarian say academic publishers are actually failing to offer electronic versions of many books, seen is critical to the Greek courses during the pandemic. And they say universities frequently cannot afford to buy the books available for which they can be charged more than five times as much as the printed version, often running into hundreds of pounds. So that would be, you know, you know, still hundreds of dollars as well, you know? And yeah. Sometimes for one, yeah, exactly.
1 (8m 11s):
Per copy. And then moving on, finally it says nearly 3000 librarians, academics and students have now signed an open letter calling for a public investigation into unaffordable, unsustainable, and inaccessible academic ebook market.
0 (8m 30s):
That is a joke. That is just, it it’s insane that it’s coming down. Like it always comes down. Right. And I’ve said it before to the money, to the dollars, right. Where we’re putting effectively a price tag on, on whether or not after you pay for school, right? Even if you are talking private schools for great school or college, or after you pay for that, there is still a growing price tag for you to have access to the actual knowledge. Right? So it’s not just the school credits you pay for.
0 (9m 11s):
I used to hearing the state’s you pay for college credits. It’s done that. Doesn’t guarantee you anything other than a, I suppose, a participation spot, you know, in school. But if you want to access now to the actual knowledge, now you have to face with some pain, you know, 500% more right in it. And it’s not because you, you know, you choose not to go out because you choose to not go grab a paper copy it’s because it’s just not available. Right. In many, in many instances, it’s just not available. It’s, it’s insane. It’s insane. As proud as gouging is something that should absolutely be investigated, right?
0 (9m 52s):
Because that’s, that’s the sad part by the way, also of humanity is that every single time there was some type of, of, of need, right? For the betterment of the people, there is always a corporation, a business that says money, business opportunity and listen, I’m all okay for people that are with the capitalist group and say, man, you know, that is really what moves the world. There is a balanced and I’ve set up before there is a goddamn balance. And if you don’t believe that there is you having to have a hard look in the mirror, right. I’m all for, for these companies making money because they’re creating jobs, daddy, yada, yada yada. Yes. I’m offering at that. But when, when you’re talking about an ebook being priced 500% more, and by the way, the average price of most books, right.
0 (10m 40s):
Even, or even a college textbooks, right? Like the big thick ones you’re looking at anywhere between 52, all the way to 200 bucks. So you add a 500% more to them. It’s make them to make the numbers. How insane is that? Right? It’s it’s it is infuriating because again, it’s happening, it’s happening all over the place. In fact, one of the things that I can mention as well is that it happened so often that Teachers two, all my teachers out there shout out to you too. All my educators shot out to you that will go ahead and pay money out of their own pocket so that the students can have what they need because the schools won’t pay for it or can’t afford it or whatever, pick your, pick your poison.
0 (11m 23s):
Right. But the teachers will end up paying for it. Right. Which again, it, I know it’s on that topic, but is, it is insane. It’s insane. But anyways, let’s move on to the next story as oppose.
1 (11m 35s):
Sure, sure. Well actually just, just one last thing, just once we finish this one off the UK, as far as universities go, a lot of students get something called a student loan. So they are able to actually actually borrow money from the government to be able to, you know, but H and P for what, what the student might need. And this has been going on for maybe the past 20 years or so. And I think since, since Blair Tony Blair was prime minster of the, of the UK, he made university more accessible to people who didn’t have access to it, which in some ways is, is great. But in other ways, people argue that the, he devalued what a university degree is.
1 (12m 21s):
That’s another story. That’s another topic for another day anyway.
3 (12m 24s):
Yeah. Yeah. But
1 (12m 28s):
In the end it seems that they found that trying to find a way in which they can still get money and take you on that. Very kind of privatized. Very, I don’t want to just say U S but that very continent of America style of privatized business, let’s try and make as much money out of these people as we can once we can. And whilst they’re still breathing, but anyway, that’s the end of that story? I think, let, let’s just knock that one on the head before we make this another Our episode. Lets get more angry that the next headline, ah, this is a good one. So when I was looking for this one, this was a headline from radio.com and substitute Teacher arrested for allegedly being drunk on the job in Michigan classroom.
1 (13m 12s):
3 (13m 14s):
Ah, ah, okay. Yeah. And this is where we say waste. Yeah.
0 (13m 21s):
So I was going to say, this is where we say in the first story. No, it it’s the it’s the damn school system. Right. I’m ready to, I’m ready to put them on the top of my truck and then we get to this headline and then you wonder, or is it the Teacher or in this case even substitute teacher. Right? Well
1 (13m 39s):
You might have some points, but let’s have a look at, let’s have a look at the headline or let’s have to look at the article, shall we? So I’m a substitute teacher filling in, in a Lenawee County classroom was removed and then arrested for allegedly being drunk on the job staff at bliss field, middle school dialed nine one, one at about 1:30 PM, Thursday to request help for the Teacher. He reportedly was experiencing an alerted state of consciousness. At first it was thought the teacher was experiencing a medical emergency, then police arrived and they discovered the man was actually drunk.
1 (14m 22s):
Okay. So obviously it was arrested for disorderly, for disorderly contact and public intoxication and was taken to County jail. So yeah.
0 (14m 34s):
What do you call the superintendent assured parents that no students were harmed by the incident? The substitute was repeatedly being, have been warned to never return to school. So this comes as Michigan school districts experience a patchwork of in-person and in remote learning during the pandemic, while the governor urges them to offer to them all to return to classroom by March 1st, the governor has also authorized $500 in hazard pay for each Michigan teacher who has worked during the coronavirus. So this is man, this drives me up the wall. A lot of people might not understand how difficult it is for a Teacher to consider going back into a classroom.
0 (15m 18s):
Right. Even though, so as I said before, I, or listen to other people’s shows and podcasts like TYT or Ben Shapiro, one of the things that recently Ben Shapiro himself said, which, you know, I, I could not, I, you know, I go, I guess I could believe, but it really disappointed me is that, you know, he downplays of, Oh, you know, I need to go to school. So there are the lesser effected by the pandemic, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. And you know, I wish I can get in front of him and tell him to shut the fuck up because he has no clue how many of these students that might transmit the virus. They might be fine.
0 (15m 58s):
Right. But the problem is that the schools have a high number of Teachers that are over the age of 50 and older, by the way, much older either because, or refuse to, to retire because you know, they, they love teaching that’s, you know, that’s their call or because they have to work because well, you know, society and how crazy the, the economic divide is, right. Even among the elderly, whatever, the reason there’s a lot of elderly working still in those are the vulnerable, right. That are Teachers that can get the disease. Unfortunately carried by little Timmy, even though a lot of TIMI is experiencing almost no symptoms.
0 (16m 41s):
And in that’s it, we have other people within the school system, right. People that work in a cafeteria, people that work cleaning the schools, right. That are not typically the youngest in, in our society. Right? So for that matter, it’s like, what are you talking about when you tell me that, Oh, schools are at least worry that you have no effing clue just because your kids are not in that group of right. Of that high percentage contraction rate or a more timely mortality rate doesn’t mean that the educators that might, you know, catch some of that, not to mention by the way, they are a ton of students nowadays where the pre-existing conditions, right? Anything from asthma, all the way to, to some more serious diseases that if they contract a virus, it could also be deadly.
0 (17m 26s):
So no eye to the, to the people at venture peer out there, no schools are not the safest to continue in person learning. Now the other side, by the way of this problem is S people that you can imagine how tough it is for you to be able to teach children. This person here, like physically in the same room as I am, and then having cameras and then screens way over here. There are people that if I put grown people and I, this is not theory, I’ve done it where I have put grown individuals, barriers, individuals. I don’t want anybody to tell me, what are you, maybe that person was dumb.
0 (18m 7s):
Stop. It varies individuals in working training environments. You know, we’re talking about people at 20 plus years that will have to teach a couple of people in person and in another group or another group on camera, just different areas of focus and they’ll crash. They’ll want to break. They can do it. It’s hard people that they’re allegedly teaching or instructing don’t really get out the message, right? Because they’re all divided. Now imagine the same scenario with children, with Pete, you know, little, little kids, right? Little ones and the ages, you know, between five and all the way up to, I don’t know, even teenagers, which by the way, arguably and get worse, they don’t get better.
0 (18m 52s):
Right. When it comes to paying attention, when it comes to actually doing their schoolwork, when you compare it, when you come in and you compare, you know, a little, little kid in elementary school to maybe like a teenager in high school right now, imagine having people there and on the camera and you are answering questions here and you are asking questions there every single time people have. I have spoken with people about the scenario. It’s like, you have all the solutions in their mind, right? It’s like we put the camera in front of them and then a little screen here. And then, you know, everybody in the background is like, you’re talking at the same time. You have no effing clue. You just whipping that shit on or your butt, because you think that in your mind, in theory, it works fantastic. But you have no clue how frustrating that can be.
0 (19m 34s):
Right for you. As the instructor have to answer questions here and then read something and grab onto something, you know, you’re, you know, deal with all the technical aspects. And then plus, okay, now you are walking around and talking to all the rest of the students, right? It’s it’s, it’s it’s infuriating because you do have governors like the governor here in Michigan that are all the way to the top, right. As most administrators are, and they’re just spitting, you know, spit balling, effing ideas. And they have no in classroom, no real in real life experience of how to deal with this. They’re just like, Oh, well just try this. Oh, how about try? This is just like throwing shit against the wall.
0 (20m 15s):
See what sticks, right. Is that when you go up spaghetti and you’re like, Oh, most of them are fail, but that one stuck. I wonder how that one’s stuck. You know? And, and, and, and side note, I know that I have seen comments online or, or there will be like this I’m very tech savvy, maybe very Maryknoll are very highly intelligent individual that comes up with this master plan and has even, or even I have you been seeing people say, well, I’ve tried it in practice and it works great. I managed to do it. You know how easy that would be right. To say, if an Einstein probably felt the same way and say, I don’t understand what all you guys are smart as me. I did it.
0 (20m 55s):
You know, I invented it is or Benjamin Franklin. I don’t understand why is he mad at why are these people different? Oh, I don’t know. Maybe because we’re human. Right. And it’s, and it’s an it’s, it’s really, like I told you this at the beginning, you know, I had to be all animated here, but it gets me going ’cause at the end of the day, while all these adults are yelling at each other and arguing and having their, you know, different points of views and, and, and arguing with what works best, you know, who’s being affected and all this Josh it’s man, the kids dude. Exactly. Right. And it’s like, people care about the ones and zeros, people care about what they, they prove. Right. Because you know, their kahunas are like that. I’m right. And this is work.
0 (21m 37s):
All of that matters to them. And it’s like the last thing that matters is the actual children.
1 (21m 42s):
What exactly. I mean, that, that’s always like the cookie cutter thing of like, this is easier. It’s it’s far more financially viable. And so this is the easiest thing to do cookie cutter cookie cutter. Ooh. And I tell you what, that does not work when it comes to educating kids, I’ve actually been a teacher for English. And I think it was maybe like two years ago, I was teaching English. And actually that kind of just shows, you know, in the, in the continent of America. Cause I’m living here in Mexico. I wasn’t English teacher. I have no accreditation. I could have been, the guy just asked me, like, do you want to be, I mean, the only thing that I have is I actually speak English obviously.
1 (22m 23s):
Right. But the thing is, he did no background check on me. He did absolutely nothing on me. I obviously I’m not, but I could have been like, you know, a serial killer or something like that. And you just got me off the street and he was just like, you know, teach, go on English, do do English. You know? So it, it, and that kind of, that, that has actually seeped down from the States. And now what you’re saying here is it’s not just the black and white situation. If this works, this doesn’t it’s, every person is different. I think all of us, if you are sane and living in the real world will realize not everyone is the same. Not everyone learns the same.
1 (23m 3s):
Everyone has their own velocity of how they pick up things. Everyone, some people might be more visual learners. Some people might learn better just from numbers. Some people like to read some people don’t that’s fine. That doesn’t mean that they’re dumb, just cause they don’t, they don’t like to read or can’t read. It’s just that they learn in a different way than every other person. And now let’s go back to what the actual article is here. So let’s look at why this teacher actually got drunk in a classroom. Well, I’m going to stick up for the teacher a little bit here and here’s why is it right? That he went to the school drunk. Absolutely. And not, but I can understand why someone do this.
1 (23m 46s):
You’re living in the global pandemic. You might not have much money. You might not have been working for six months, seven months, eight months, maybe even a year by now. Well, I know not quite a year yet, or I don’t know. Maybe he lost his job in January. Who knows. Anyway, he’s not been working for a long time. He might’ve got COVID. He might be depressed. He might be struggling for money at his loss on his last legs, you know, of his mental health and his way of coping with it is getting drunk or not are not going to demonize it. But the same time, I’m not going to condone it. I’m just trying to understand and be empathetic. ’cause this guy might be on his last legs.
1 (24m 28s):
And just that, that was the moment when he broke. That was the moment he was like, you know, half my life. I’m just going to get drunk. Is there anything that gets me through the day?
0 (24m 39s):
Yeah, yeah, no it, you know what, man, I, as much as I, I am a big, I at least personally speaking, I consider myself one to really watch out for, for children. Of course, I’ve, I’ve had countless episodes where I speak about, you know, the stupidity of grownups. I will say that in this particular instance, I I’m very happy. First of all, by the way to hear that, you know, it, we didn’t go beyond him, just gained junk and you know, basically being arrested. But I will agree and say that I do consider those things as well. Right? Like I’ve always said, I very much like to be a person that sees both sides right. Of the problem.
0 (25m 20s):
And yes, we can all acknowledge and as face value that it is horrible, that human drunk to school or that he’d been drunk at school. I don’t know the actual, you know, my new details of everything. But in, in the other side of things, its, it is, it is very sad, you know, to see that potentially this man is going through something that is beyond what he feels he can handle and opted to, to drink. Right. Especially, you know, when dealing with, with, with children, right. Even if, I don’t know if this is an entry or high school or middle school, but as a matter, and then they’re still children and we need to start seeing, you know, those things are us as a society, right?
0 (26m 5s):
Why are people opting to go down that path to go down that road? I think there’s going to be more people, you know, specifically we, we focus here and we keep the focus and the school system that the, my op for that, right. Because of the pressures, you know, and that’s something that I think as a society, even for those of you guys watching right now that don’t have any children to really, you know, pay attention too, you know, because either you might have children in the future or you might know someone that has children and it does matter. Right. I think anybody watching this probably has have some pretty FDF stories of sleeping in the classroom, you know, because maybe they had to jobs that were too old or, or teachers that, you know, unfortunately we’re always upset, always angry teachers that were always allayed teachers that, you know, we’re always out and top substitute teachers were always, you know, you know, giving you instruction and that’s why they didn’t learn as much.
0 (27m 3s):
I mean, again, I spoken to countless people, not just for my city, from many different places and that they’ll say, yeah, ma’am I actually had this teacher that did this and I had to teach her. I did that. And it’s very sad, you know, because it just it’s getting worse. It’s not getting better. Like I said, I just interviewed someone that quit. That was, I essentially this, this, this is too does. This is a, screw it, screw this, basically I’m out, you know, and again, it’s worrisome because, well who’s an educator, our leaders of tomorrow, or I’ll leave the Aleve, anybody watching this with this, right. You know, in the comments down below, if you have a better alternative or a solution. But I think about it, who is going to, you know, really educate the leaders of tomorrow. And I don’t think, I hope nobody here plans on only living for the next couple of years.
0 (27m 48s):
Right? Many of you, hopefully for, for many, many more decades to come and with that said, you know, you’re going to be involved. You know, you’re going to be impacted to a certain degree with many children now in school today that one day, one day might be servicing you in some way or another right. Professionally. And it’s like, man, who educated you, who was your teacher? Who was your parent’s? You know, damn it just, you know, those, those things to think about. Right. You know, at least, at least from my point of view,
1 (28m 22s):
For sure. For sure. I mean, yeah. It just looks like a case of a lot of Teachers or being underpaid overworked. And, and I think that’s just what it comes down to. I mean, with everything, with the pandemic and all that kind of stuff going on it’s it seems that education is not that important. And maybe that’s why they’re raising the price of eBooks who knows. Yeah. Yeah. They’re going to make money somehow
0 (28m 47s):
Money. Yeah. Well I think that, I think that’s it for today, Josh?
1 (28m 52s):
Yeah. That’s it. That’s it for us. All right.
0 (28m 54s):
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