I try to avoid hot button topics on here but I can’t take it anymore.
Education, my friends, is in the shitter.
What on God’s green earth is it going to take to fix this awful situation we have ourselves in? I, for one, am sick of it and will start a revolution if that’s what it takes. I’m serious.
I’m sick of my husband and I constantly worrying about our job security when we both have Master’s Degrees in education, he having two separate licenses. Just yesterday, Matt’s district came up with a new plan that includes cutting physical education (that’s what Matt teaches), art, music and computers. Schools will be K-8 and then high school so they will be closing many schools. There will be over 300 teachers let go, and if you’re lucky enough to keep your job, you’ll have to take a 10% pay CUT, pay more into the state retirement system and pay more for your benefits.
Granted, my husband works in an urban district with a bad reputation. BUT, those teachers work harder and do more with less than any I’ve ever known. They have wonderful teachers who just want to help kids succeed. And this is how we treat them.
And it’s happening everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Districts are laying off teacher after teacher, cutting extra-curriculars, busing, anything extra. And guess who’s suffering? The kids and the teachers. All because this country can’t figure out a way to make it work.
Shouldn’t teachers be one of the most highly respected and paid professionals in our country? They spend more time with our children than we do on most days. No one could go to college or become anything without them. Is it because most of us are females? Is it because most people think it’s easy? What is it that makes education the target for so much crap?
If I were in college right now, I’d think twice about going into the profession and that makes me sad. I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I could speak. The thought that I would avoid this profession makes me ill. But with what crap we are all dealing with right now, I don’t know that I could in my right mind do it. It’s so sad to me that my husband, who puts his heart and soul into teaching and has thousands of adoring fans over at his school, will be cut because this country can’t figure out how to make it work. The thought of all of those kids, most of whom are obese and get NO RECESS, will now have to do without any physical activity at all makes me very angry. The thought that some of these children, whose only way out may indeed be art or music, will not get to experience it makes me furious.
What on Earth is it going to take? I personally think if we could somehow organize a revolution where every single teacher in the United States went on strike until the government fixed it, that might work. The funding of schools must be fixed. There’s just no way around it. And before that’s going to happen each and every person in the United States needs to project a feeling of respect for teachers and education.
What do you think? I’m getting of my soapbox now so I can go figure out ways to make more money and save more money for when my highly educated husband gets laid off for the 4th time in his career. And, yes, I have a job but it’s for a charter school and, if you can imagine, we get paid even less than the rest of the lot. It doesn’t go far.
President Obama, or anyone else in authority that is listening, you MUST do something about this. I’m already starting plans for my revolution.