I've been going back and forth about writing this post.
It might make some people mad; and some people happy.
But since this is my blog, I decided to write it!
Have you heard of the big "Superman" documentary. If you haven't, you can google search it ~ I will not be linking that craziness up to my blog. The reason why I can barely call it a documentary, is because a documentary usually states truth, facts, and all sides. Well, this one plainly DOES NOT.
The entire movie is surrounded by how there are so many poor quality teachers, how teachers just sit around and wait for retirement, and how teachers should get fired.
Hmmm, were the people who shot the video teachers? NO. Was the so-called wonderful principal in the classroom in even the past 5 years? NO. And you know what upsets me the most? That dumb Oprah had to talk about it. Really? Oprah? Let's look in the mirror girlfriend. You started up a school even though you had NO educational background and all you provided for those girls was even more trouble with molestation. I believe that's more damaging than an extra 5 minutes of recess when the kids do well on a test.
So, if you want a real documentary on teaching, come follow me and LOTS of other teachers around. Here's what you'll notice:
*We work WELL over our 40 hours per week and do not ever get overtime. Have you ever heard the like? I know several professions that would be sued if they asked their employees to work more than 40 hrs without comparable pay.
*I care about every child in my class. So much as to write a daily Blog every day about everything we did so parents feel like they are apart of our day. I also take time out to email good things, give behavior reports weekly, send postcards to just say "Hi, I love that you're in my class", write sweet notes on their desks, and make it a point to hug every child at the end of the day, every day.
*I care about my kids and my job so much that sometimes (honestly a lot of the time) I can't even relax at nighttime enough to kiss my husband without something swirling in my mind about my class, an email, a person, etc. Do other professions deal with that? I'm sure some, but come on, not all.
*Teachers are expected to get all their students to grade level even when they come 2grade levels behind. I promise you, I'll try my best, but it's very hard. How is that measured? By a test, not made from teachers.
*I am expected to spend all my time teaching towards a standardized test. Whatever happened to teaching a child how to behave, speak, and function in society? I'm all about making sure they know core content, but some things in life children need to learn that's not in a textbook.
I could continue to go on and on and on. And if you've even made it thus far in the post I know you have to be a teacher! ha! I'd love to say more, but you never know who's reading...so I won't say much more.
If you have a child, think about her teacher. Does she work her tail off to make each day exciting? Does she go out of her way to help you know what's going on?
Who knows where I will be next year; all I know is I miss what I thought teaching was. A profession to be held in high regards. A profession you had to have passion for. A profession you deserved respect from.