Having been an educator for over 10 years, I’d like to think I know a little something about education. I have taught in secondary and college classrooms, been recognized for excellence in teaching, coached education majors, spoken at national and international conferences on education, and taught in districts with a wide array of demographics. Despite my excellent credentials, I left the classroom. Why? The American education system is badly broken. I was not allowed to teach anymore. I was, however, expected to teach to standardized tests, ignore students who did not speak English, break up fights, not give students one minute of down time, complete multiple meaningless tasks and endless amounts of paperwork, teach in unsafe conditions, compensate for conditions in my students’ homes and neighborhoods that were completely beyond my control, and provide everything my students needed with a paltry budget. I am not the only one who deals with these situations. If you teach, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Unfortunately, if you do not teach, you may have no idea about the conditions under which some teachers work. Before you mention the “but teachers have summers off” argument, let’s make something very clear. Good teachers work hard. They work 65-70 hours per week during the school year. So let’s do some math…
65 hours x 44 weeks (10 months) = 2860 hours of work per year (we grade papers, coach, rehearse, plan lessons, update presentations, write letters of recommendation, and buy things with our own money during this time)
40 hours x 52 weeks = 2080 hours of work per year
(End of that argument)
The purpose of this blog is to help Americans understand what is going on in their local classrooms, to show them exactly what needs to be fixed, and to give suggestions as to HOW it can be fixed. I sincerely hope you take something positive away from this site. Our teachers are holding their classrooms together with duct tape when what they really need is a tourniquet. For the sake of our future generations, please help.