Writing my way through the school year!


I was sitting at the hairdresser, exhausted.  After a week of dealing with other people’s children, I was weary.  My head lay backwards in the bowl, almost drifting off, when something made my ears perk up.  It was the voice of a  non-educator on the Oprah show talking about how horrible the schools are, how we are failing our students, and how we should run the schools like a business.  Is he serious?  Oprah, as all laymen, seemed to concur. Neither one of them would last a day in a classroom, much less a week.

Fast forward to home, reading the NEA site, where they posted a letter from a teacher to Oprah, blasting her for her education show, which did not include one educator!!! How can that be?  I believe we are the only profession where no one listens to the ones in the trenches. Everyone would rather whine about how we get summers off, our elaborate planning periods, our benefits, and tenure. We deal with children who want to be entertained, parents who see us as a babysitting service, and condone their children’s disrespect, principals who are non-supportive(not mine), and the new ideas, flung at us every day by people who have never taught a day in their life!    Don’t get me wrong, I love teaching, and I wouldn’t do anything else, but gee whiz, could we get a little respect?


Comments on: "R-E-S-P-E-C-T!" (6)

  1. It’s a mantra. Heard it when I taught in the 1970s, the 1980s, the 1990s. Someone(s) always riding hobby horse of what’s-wrong-with-schools but somehow individuals read, write, blog and use very sophisticated computer aps. Self-respect? Enjoy it all.

    • I agree Happy Flower. I have been teaching since the 80’s. I just feel it is a lot harsher now then back then. We are in a society that needs someone to blame for their failings, and somehow we(teachers) have become the scapegoats!

  2. baconpirates said:

    What do you think is wrong with schools?

    • I don’t believe it’s just the school. We have to deal with a majority of students who could care less whether they learn. Parents who will defend their kids, even when they’re wrong. You have non-educators who feel one test score can determine whether you can teach, and yes, you do have some bad teachers. Education is not a priority anymore, fame is, no matter how fleeting, it has changed our society, hence our schools.

  3. baconpirates said:

    I’ve observed that a lot of people pay lip service to Education, but not enough adults in the system, parents and educators alike, have tolerance for Learning, which is messy, indirect, uncomfortable, and difficult to qualify.

  4. I agree wholeheartedly!

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