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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Friday, February 15, 2008

In the Army now?

I recently got onto a student for being late. He says to me, it dont really matter, i'm withdrawing in a couple of days anyway. I asked why, he says because Im 18 and Im behind on a couple of credits so I wont graduate on time without taking "NovaNet" online classes. As usual, I asked do you really think quitting is going to solve your problem? He said he had been talking to an army recruiter and the recruiter told him that he could go ahead and drop out and the army would pay for his GED and go ahead and enlist him.

Has anyone heard of this? Can this possibly be true? Is he wrong as I think or would like to believe he is? Or is this possible? If this is really the way it is, i'm about to chew on some recruiter a$$! There is no sense in talking an already "at risk" student into making the mistake of quiting school. There is nothing wrong with the armed forces but this is wrong on so many levels if true.


Perry said...

Shane find out the recruiters name for me. Im in pretty tight with most of the recruiters with the National Guard there in Calhoun and Dalton. That does not sound like them. One of them did tell me earlier this year the guard has a new program. If a kid has dropped out of high school, the guard will enlist them, pay them while they get their GED then ship them off to basic/AIT. They DO NOT encourage dropping out of high school but have come up with this as a program to help kids who quit. If I remember right, when he told me about the program the Army National Guard was the only branch offering this. I think your kid is stretching this a little with you. Every time I use the recruiters they are always promoting graduate then go to college with military benefits.

Dr. J said...

Thank you Perry. This just is not right. Dr. J.

Shane C. said...

Perry, his name is "Early". Yeah, I could see this could be a decent program for some who dropped out but the fact of the matter is that this kid had no intentions of dropping out 4 weeks ago and was doing well. He brought his withdrawal papers on 2/14/08 and told me the same story again.

Perry said...

I talked to one of the E-7's from the 108th yesterday about this. He again said they were supposed to encourage graduation not dropping out for the program. Im not familiar with a recruiter named Early. Ill ask when I see one of buddies if they know Early.

Toni said...

Response to Shane

I don't know how true this is, but I do know that you did not always hve to have a high school diploma to enlist with the military. I can clearly remember my dad telling me that he dropped out of school, and lied about his age so that he could go into the army. Needless to say that way 60 years ago. I say that to say,this, it's very possible, they have started back doing this.