I am like some of the others on here who have said "You should come and shadow a teacher assistant!" I can not believe that you want to compare today with long ago. Long ago we did not have a teacher assistant in our classroom because our mothers were at home. And if the teacher were to have had to call her, I would have had my tail burned up, for causing trouble in the classroom. Now both parents work today, because things are not like ago. Long ago, there were not children with all kinds of labels in the classroom, like there is now. The teacher long ago, did not have to do as much testing as we do now. Technology has come along way, just look at what we are doing right now, you had only a radio or if you had money, you had a black and white tv. Long ago was a much simpler time, in my life as a child. Teachers have much more on their plates than they did years ago. The state expects more and more from the education system.
Teacher Assistants help children who have fallen behind, have special needs, or who just plain don't understand what is going on in the particular subject. Teacher Assistants help the teacher teach reading, mathematics, economics, and we are the people who take the child aside that does not get the help at home. I am an extension to the teacher, I do not run papers off all day, I do not grade papers all day. I am there with the teacher trying to help EACH child achieve the goal at hand. Educating children!!
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