A dear friend of mine posted this on their Facebook wall a month or so back, and I wanted to repost it so more people could read it (due to the security settings) because I very much agree with what was stated in the post. However, I just hadn’t gotten around to it after I got their permission to. So now that I finally yanked the text and reposted it, here you go! The only formatting that was done was to better break up the text and formatting to make use of HTML and CSS.
Here’s my situation as a teacher…
- I moved to a state that required me to obtain a Master’s degree. I can name the 4 courses (12 credits) which were actually beneficial to my teaching; the other 7 courses (totaling 21 credits) were in no way useful to my teaching and some, while interesting for personal reasons, were otherwise an utter waste of my time, energy and patience. Thanks for making me pay that money for nothing.
- For 3 of those 4 courses, I was forced to leave the state because this state (the one REQUIRING me to get the Master’s) did not offer the courses I needed. Because I was in a different state, I was not offered loans to pay for the courses and was forced to go further into personal debt to cover the cost. Because these are considered personal and not educational loans, I will not receive any type of tax break on that $x-thousand.
- Now that I no longer desire to live in this state and prefer to move to a state closer to my family, I will have a more difficult time gaining employment as a teacher because I’d like to move to a state that does not require a teacher to possess a Master’s but because I already have the Master’s, the hiring state is then required to pay me more. With the cuts in funding to education, what school is going to hire me, therefore being forced to pay me more, when another candidate with less experience and no Master’s can be hired and therefore receive less pay?
So now I read this article: Why America’s teachers are enraged – CNN.com
I know the author ‘gets it’. But others don’t.
Like other conservative Republican governors, including Chris Christie of New Jersey, John Kasich of Ohio, Mitch Daniels of Indiana and Rick Scott of Florida, the Wisconsin governor wants to sap the power of public employee unions, especially the teachers’ union, since public education is the single biggest expenditure for every state.
Shouldn’t public education be the single largest expenditure? I mean, since parents have apparently decided not to parent anymore (my observation from school and other teachers), leaving that up to teachers as well; shouldn’t this be where our priorities lie? How important (or, I guess after reading this article, unimportant) are we willing to let education be? Really, if companies are complaining about not being able to find competent, willing, hard-working candidates to hire, it can be traced back to education…therefore, perhaps it should be funded!!!
Although Walker claims he was forced to impose cutbacks because the state is broke, teachers noticed that he offered generous tax breaks to businesses that were equivalent to the value of their givebacks.
“The uprising in Madison is symptomatic of a simmering rage among the nation’s teachers. They have grown angry and demoralized over the past two years as attacks on their profession escalated.
The much-publicized film “Waiting for Superman” made the specious claim that “bad teachers” caused low student test scores. A Newsweek cover last year proposed that the key to saving American education was firing bad teachers.
There are many reasons why students do well or poorly on tests, and teachers felt they were being unfairly blamed when students got low scores, while the crucial role of families and the students themselves was overlooked.
I agree, let’s fire bad teachers. Wait though, aren’t there bad examples of workers in every sector of employment? Is there a higher percentage of ‘bad’ teachers than there are of bad workers in any other sector? Or are teachers simply held to a higher standard and everyone has to be ‘good’?
Teachers cannot be judged based on if a student in 7th grade can pass what the state determines to be 7th grade standards (usually one test, taken on one day, regardless of whether that student had breakfast, had a grandparent die, is sick, etc.) if the student entered 7th grade at a 4th grade skill level. What if that student rose to meet 6th grade standards? Does that mean the teacher still failed although the student improved his skills by 2 years? I think most people, who haven’t spent any significant amount of time in a real classroom might say, “Improvement yes, but not the improvement we should see.” Ok, try it yourself…teaching. It ‘ain’t’ as easy as it looks.
Were you aware that reading to a pre-school aged child is one of the largest factors influencing his success in school and thereby also in his future success in employment? If you think my ‘fact’ is simply made up, Google “importance of reading”. There are too many pages to cite. How can teachers influence a child being read to before he enters school? This is one example of what I mean by parents deciding not to parent anymore.
I’d like to see the common person from the street, who complains about teachers and the cost of education, come into a classroom and teacher for 2 months, under the same conditions.
As the attacks on teachers increase and as layoffs grow, there are likely to be more protests like the one that has mobilized teachers and their allies and immobilized the Wisconsin Legislature.
I’m becoming mobilized. Mobilized to leave this career and search for one in business, since it seems to be the only thing our culture and society values anymore (the environment and family have gone by the wayside too, I’ve noticed). OH, and since I am educated, I’m likely to do well there. Thank you to the many people who helped to educate me, both in school and outside of it.
I am afraid for the future of the United States. This is simply one of the facets of our country that makes me not proud to be an American. You may call me unpatriotic, but I find it even less patriotic to deny that we are headed in a very wrong direction with our priorities in very wrong places.