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Could the reason why teachers are unhappy possibly be that kids are disrespectful brats today, raised by even more disrespectful, immature and iresponsible parents??? Just a thought based on what lives next door to me...
Steelerman, I graduated summa cum laude, in education, taking hard classes that weren't required just to push myself. I did all that while working, being a mom and wife, and an active community member. Don't you dare say that most teachers took the easy way out!
My summers "off" are spent working on our curriculum programs such as reading and math, attending workshops (out of my own pocket) and taking classes (also out of my own pocket) to keep current with new teaching methods and best practice. During the school year I teach all day, with about 20 minutes for lunch, and then go home and grade papers for 2-3 hours a night. That's in addition to the regular mom/wife duties I have (laundry, cooking, grocery shopping, chauffering)
I have kids who come to school without having had breakfast--how can I possibly expect them to learn when they are so damn hungry? I keep granola bars and other food items, paid for by me, on hand so I can feed these children and give them a better chance of making it through the day. I have parents who can't be bothered to spend 20 minutes a night reading with their child, or checking their homework, or even reading the notes I send home.
The teachers I know are dedicated, educated, and the hardest-working people I know. We are shaping your future through your children, but we are less-valued every day. No wonder some of the teachers I work with have seriously thought about a career change. "Welcome to WalMart" is a lot less stressful than "We are going to work on writing a three paragraph essay."
Let's talk about teacher pay.... it differ's greatly depending on where you live. My state requires a masters degree but gives no aid in getting that degree. As a teacher I bring home less with my master's degree than a friend that work's a a local McDonald's .... that said it's a good thing I LOVE my job or I would NOT do it..... Our insurance is good for the teacher but horribly expensive it we want to add our family. Yes we do get the summer off but we do NOT get paid for that time off so how is that a great thing? I essentially am a contracted employee that works 183 day's a year, 12-14 hour days in you include the time I spend grading papers and working extra-curricular activities such as ball games and academic meets. I tutor students after school on my own time and do everything necessary to see that my class succeeds because I am judged on their success or failure on state standardized tests and I only have them for a few months. Then I get roughly 6-8 weeks off in the summer and I go do it again with a different group of students again the next year. I am a teacher. I am not stupid, I did not flunk out of college , I did not choose this profession because I could not "hack" it at another one. For the record most of you could not even be on this website complaining, reading and posting if not for someone like me. I am not unsatisfied with my job although it would be nice once in a while to be acknowledged for the good things I do instead of bashed for the bad. At one time teaching was a profession that was looked up to and now people look at you and say "oh you are a teacher" like it is a shame, like they pity you.... my how time has changed our view of what was once a noble profession. For the record all the "noble" professions, the ones we look up to because they bring home the big bucks, and buy the big houses... all of them required the support of some lowly teacher at some point along the way!
It is easy to say "If you don't like your job, find a different one", but realistically, no matter what you do for a living, you will probably take a pay cut when you change careers. Luckily, I went from the military into teaching and immediately started earning more money. I can honestly say that most of the dissatisfied teachers are in mid to late career and have found that they have become an easy target for politicians, pundits and parents. Everything that is wrong with education is somehow the fault of the teacher. How many of you know that there is a legal precedent that makes teachers legally obligated to teach the materials they are given, and teach it the way they are told to by their administrators? Ever notice that there is a new wonderful "fix-all" program every four years? Take a look past the catchy title and you find it has been copied by an older program that didn't work for another administration.
So keep telling us to find other careers. The best of us, the ones who might have the ability and courage to make public education better, will take your advice (or retire at the earliest possible moment) and who will that leave in the classroom?
It is time to wake up and start firing the people who are really responsible for the problems in education. Remember that in November.
If the federal government would get out of the teacher's way....we may get back to teaching our children with the kinda of sucess America enjoyed in the 1960"s & 70's.
Federal Regulation is much to blame to many of our countries woe's....It's choking America.
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