Friday, March 18, 2011

I Teach

    Let me see if I've got this right. You want me to go into that room with all those kids, and fill their every waking moment with a love for learning. Not only that, I'm to instill a sense of pride in their ethnicity, behaviorally modify disruptive behavior, and observe them for signs of abuse.

    I am to fight the war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, check their backpacks for guns and raise their self-esteem. I'm to teach them patriotism, good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, how and where to register to vote, how to balance a checkbook and how to apply for a job, but I am never to ask if they are in this country illegally.

    I am to check their heads occasionally for lice, maintain a safe environment, recognize signs of potential antisocial behavior, offer  advice, write letters of recommendation for student employment and scholarships, encourage a respect for the cultural diversity of others, and, oh yeah, teach, always making sure that I give the girls in my class fifty percent of my attention.
    I'm required by my contract to be working on my own time (summers and evenings) and at my own expense towards additional certification, advanced certification and a master's degree, to sponsor the cheerleaders or the sophomore class (my choice) and after school I am to attend committee and faculty meetings and participate in staff development training to maintain my current certification and employment status. I am to be a paragon of virtue larger than life, such that my very presence will awe my students into being obedient and respectful of authority.  I'm to do all of this with just a piece of chalk, a few books and a bulletin board, and on a starting salary that qualifies my family for food stamps in many states. Is that all?"

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  1. Not to mention any extra books, stuff for bulletin boards and so on come out of the teacher's pocket, and while they can claim some of that on their taxes there is a $250 or $500 limit, depending on where you are, anything extra, which most teachers spend much more then that all comes out of pocket and is not deductible.

    Also, you must adapt to the changing ways of teaching and it is your responsibility to keep yourself up to date, no one else's. All without extra

  2. You are also to set-up teacher-parent conferences where the parents don't show up, show no interest in their child progressing, blame the teacher for all that is wrong with their child and show up 30 minutes late for the meeting. Thus, one of the reason that I no longer teach!