Sunday, August 23, 2009

Dilemma of a Public School Teacher?

An email passed to me by a friend:

After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said:

'Let me see if I've got this right.

'You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning.

'You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride.

'You want me to teach them good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to balance a checkbook, and apply for a job.

'You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the final exams.

'You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.

'You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.

'You want me to do all this and then you tell me...... I CAN'T PRAY?


Anonymous said...

tim pfier

Hey merle with all that written does the teacher even stalk the student through internet

And when student is discriminated against, the system is stacked against the student, the teacher just makes things up and the student is screwed

Merle Widmer said...

This world has plenty of idiots. Yes, some are school teachers; some of those, unfortunately, with tenure, and protected by a union stronger than any school board.

I hope by now the stalker has been caught and prosecuted.

Merle Widmer said...

Plus at least one ex-teacher who is a too regular commentor on one popular blog site about what a good teacher she was. Seldom did I see more classrooms out of control over the past 10 years than I saw at the school where whe taught.

There are a lot of good schools in #150 but they are seldom in the news. Start with Hines, Kellar, Northmoor, Columbia and Charter Oaks, etc. Plus a number of good schools in communities nearby.

And large numbers of good teachers (and principals) in all schools. Same goes for board members and administrators.

Merle Widmer said...

Not to be overlooked, is the majority of "good" kids getting various levels of education. Various levels determined by the community, the school, the teachers and principals and staff. Also, dedicated volunteers.