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mitchwi

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Teacher's Plight

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, drugs, and T-shirt messages.

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 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,
summer and evenings and at my own expense towards additional
certification, advance certification and a master's degree, to sponsor the
cheerleaders or the sophomore class 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 collect data and maintain all records to support and
document our building's progress in the selected state mandated
program to "assess and upgrade educational excellence in the public schools."
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 am to pledge allegiance to supporting family values, a return to
the basics, and my current administration.
I am to incorporate technology into the learning, but monitor
all web sites for appropriateness while providing a personal
one-on-one relationship with each student. I am to decide who might be potentially
dangerous and/or liable to commit crimes in school or who is possibly being
abused and I can be sent to jail for not mentioning these suspicions to
those in authority.

I am to make sure ALL students pass the state and federally
mandated testing and all classes, whether or not they attend school on
a regular basis or complete any of the work assigned. I am to communicate
frequently with each student's parent by letter, phone, newsletter, and grade
card. I'm to do all of this with just a piece of chalk, a computer, a few
books, a bulletin board, a 45 minute or less plan time, and a big
smile on a starting salary that qualifies my family for food stamps in many
states... Is that all? And you want me to do all of this and expect me to do it ...

WITHOUT PRAYING?
 

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That makes me tired just reading it. Good teachers are someone that deserve our utmost appreciation.
 

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When you get done patting yourself on the back and whining about everything, oh wait teachers never stop doing that. Did you not know any of this when you decided to be a teacher?
 
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auctionboy":2k07n6ig said:
When you get done patting yourself on the back and whining about everything, oh wait teachers never stop doing that. Did you not know any of this when you decided to be a teacher?

What kind of comment is this? I think it takes a special kind of person to be a teacher. I thought this piece reflected accurately how I feel about teachers these days.

You ...boy need to go back to school and learn "morals of a story"

BTW - I am NOT a teacher....

Michele
 

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mitchwi":3fcyy2u9 said:
auctionboy":3fcyy2u9 said:
When you get done patting yourself on the back and whining about everything, oh wait teachers never stop doing that. Did you not know any of this when you decided to be a teacher?

What kind of comment is this? I think it takes a special kind of person to be a teacher. I thought this piece reflected accurately how I feel about teachers these days.

You ...boy need to go back to school and learn "morals of a story"

BTW - I am NOT a teacher....

Michele
What you wrote reflects what you think of teachers as what I wrote reflects what I think.
 

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