I got up too early this morning. As usual, I was checking out Facebook over my first cup of coffee or tea and something really caught my attention. It was a Facebook post by a woman I’ve never met named Julie Marburger wrote this and a friend of mine shared it.
This really fired me up. The closest I’ve ever been to teaching was in Girl Scouts (both girls and adults), which is a one-shot 1-2 hours, a weekend of teaching leaders how to take their girls camping, none of which is equivalent to someone in a classroom with 30+ kids for a 6-1/2 hours with, if they are lucky will equate to about 4 hours of actual learning because of disruptions and the critical to get them refocused and on track.
When the bell rings they are not done then spend the next few hours (and time at home as well) putting together lesson plans, grading papers, reading essays, creating tests and other handouts, and shopping for supplies they need for themselves, their classroom, and their students. All that and a crappy paycheck too! It’s no wonder why districts are running short on educators. This is how Julie articulated her point…
This is yet another example of why I don’t believe in children. They are adults in training, as a parent, it is your job to prepare them to live and function in society when they turn 18.
The word “children” is continually used as an excuse… They’re just children…Kids will be kids. Let me be the first to say this if you haven’t heard it already, kids will not be kids, kids will be adults. Sooner than you think.
If they cannot survive independently they will be the ones living in your basement until they’re 30, can’t hold down a job, can’t maintain a relationship, all because YOU ARE FAILING THEM AS A PARENT!
Seriously, how can you even consider sending them to college if they can’t handle basic life skills? And if you think they’re irresponsible now, just wait until keggers and beer bongs are introduced to them.
When you send your child to school, they are there to learn. It is your job to teach them respect and proper behavior before they leave home to go to school. The more a teacher has to correct bad behavior, that is time away from teaching them what they need to know.
It is not a teacher’s job to raise your child. It’s not daycare, it’s not a damned circus and it can’t be a free-for-all. Do your job so that your child can succeed in life, and don’t blame a teacher for your child’s poor behavior and inability to pay attention, respect materials and learn.
The more that caring educators get burned out and leave the more the requirements to be hired will lessen in order to get people into the classrooms and the more your child will be taught by people showing up for a (meager) paycheck. This too is why we’re seeing more online schools will become the norm because a teacher can take 60 students instead of 30, the algorithms can help grade test and the teacher can get more done while at work because they won’t have to keep kids in line and focused.
You know those people who work the drive-thru that don’t give a damn about their job or your order? If things like this continue, prepare to see them on Parent/Teacher night.