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Hawaii schools struggle to keep new teachers


WAIANAE, Hawaii (AP) — Jonathan Sager was an idealistic 22-year-old recent college graduate when he arrived in Hawaii in 2006, yearning to make a difference in the lives of children in hardscrabble neighborhoods like those on the Waianae Coast.

Russell Roberts‘s insight:

I’m a substitute teacher and can sympathize with Jonathan Sager.  It’s a tough job, especially when you must buy a lot of educational materials out of your own pocket, put in extra hours helping students, and run into various roadblocks from the DOE.  But, I knew this when I signed up.  I still get a big kick out of teaching.  Colleges of Education must temper their idealism and theory with a little reality.  Inspire future teachers, but don’t "sugar coat" the problems of the real world.  Aloha, Russ.

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Retired News director of Pacific Radio Group Radio Stations on Hawaii-the Big Island. I have more than 40 years of broadcast experience, including positons at KTUH-FM (UH-Manoa), KPOI-FM (Honolulu). KHLO-AM (Hilo), KKBG-FM (KBIG-FM)(Hilo/Kona), KAPA-FM (Hilo-Kona). Native-FM (Hilo-Kona), and ESPN Hawaii (Hilo-Kona). Former University of Hawaii-Hilo librarian. Retired Air Force Officer. Amatuer (Ham) Radio operator since 1977 (currently holds the Amateur Extra Class License from the FCC-KH6JRM).... Can read, write, and speak Russian. Retired on 30 September 2011, but still maintains a Hawaii Island News Blog.

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