Education, Politics

Why your local public school teacher has a love/hate relationship with teaching

How do I love teaching? Let me count the ways. . .

The interaction, the give and take, the laughter, the conversations with our future. . .

The look of pride and accomplishment on the face of a student who’s struggled all year and finally “gets it” . . .

The dedication and professionalism of my colleagues. . .

The hope that, through my work, my students will create positive change in this world. . .

But why do I hate it? Because Bill Gates thinks he can toss millions of bucks into Memphis and force an inferior education model on a city that desperately needs the opposite. . .

Because Chicago Bully Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to close 61 schools, most in the poorest areas of his city, yet won’t figure out a way to give all Chicago kids the same kind of education his kids (and Arne Duncan’s) get in their pricey private schools. . .

Because Indiana (and reigning filibuster champ Rand Paul) thinks that vouchers are the answer to all the problems in public education, even though they’ll allow for discrimination. . .

Because Michelle Rhee is making millions on her brief failure of a career as an educator and administrator, selling snake oil to rubes with the backing of hedge fund managers who see huge profits. . .

Because Michissippi GOPs – ironically, led by a former student –  want to expand the Educational Achievement Authority, an unproven takeover of “bad” schools, with no local oversight. . . and because our schools in Lansing are planning to cut physical education, art, and music classes in their elementary schools. . .

Because tomorrow, I have to spend an entire day preparing to implement the Common Core State Standards, an untested, unproven curriculum. . . one that will lead to standardized tests to determine my worth as a teacher, even though there’s no connection between high test scores and what students really learn. . .

I love teaching. It’s the rest I can do without.

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