I am grateful to all the change agents of the world!
1. Grateful for being able to see William Ayers at U of O last night.
4. Grateful that my mom taught me to question everything.
5. Grateful to grow up in a house that was full of books, learning and reading.
-Adventures in Learning
I see your points and agree with many of them, on the other hand, do you know what it is like for a parent to ask a teacher for advice and get no response? Or even worse, be asked to clarify who their child even is-even though you give child’s name and what block they have the teacher in? Do you know, as a parent, what it is like to set up a meeting with a teacher, to try and come to some resolution, or get some answers only to be told that basically your child is a screw up and they are just biding time until they can get rid of them? Do you know what it is like to walk by a classroom and see a teacher sleeping and kids just doing busy work?
Part of these problems are systematic of our education system. Our system rewards and encourages busy work, and suck innovation right out of teachers. I will not apologize or defend teachers who sleep or care less, but I also can’t blame them.
Teachers are attacked on a daily basis. Many are given a new top down reform change yearly with little input from them or even taking into account their students or their knowledge of those students. Little have autonomy to teach the way they know is best. They are given huge class loads, told to cover an insane amount of content, and have their pay and time cut every year. The teachers who raise above this, are awesome; the ones that fight it often get fired or moved; and even more just give up.
Think about it in terms of parenting, or your job…
So I encourage you to think more holistically about why some teachers suck, and if they are just truly “horrible” people (my words not yours) then lets work on helping them leave the profession. However I don’t truly think there are more then one or two teacher in each school like this… or at least that was my experience.
-adventures in learning