Like Megan Taber, I too started teaching in NC in 2007 and feel the same financial crunch that most teachers feel with no pay increase. But, that is not the only thing to take into consideration when looking at everything. NC’s schools are some of the worst because NC’s government has not invested in it’s teachers OR schools. Most schools have become over crowded with 30+ children to one teacher. Most principal’s bottom line is test scores and will do anything to get those high test scores. Most parents have not taught their children values or respect making our job twice as difficult because you can’t reach anyone if they don’t respect you. Talking to my mentor teacher from student teaching, it is clear that education has changed. In the 9 and 1/2 years I’ve been teaching, I’ve seen the change. With Common Core standards, even The Arts have become a tested subject. I have to keep record of 100+ children’s (yes, I teach over a 100 kids) artwork and create an electronic portfolio to show that each child has improved their skills. The days of “No Child Left Behind” brought standardized tests that teachers teach to and leaves little to no time to be creative. And, in America, that is what we lack….. creative thinking. No, I’m not saying little Johny or Suzie are not creative…. what I am saying is we are not teaching our kids how to problem solve. Because the world doesn’t give you questions….. the world throws you problems…
I want to be hopeful of education in America. On my first day of school in the new school year, I look to do the best that I can to educate and inspire these students….. with barely any materials…. with over crowding and poor behavior…. and with a sea of busy work.
In this video, the video describes what makes education work…. and what he doesn’t emphasize strong enough…. is how family involvement is one of the most important aspects of education. If a student doesn’t have reinforcement of what they learned in class, of respect…. if a child doesn’t receive enough sleep…. does not get fed properly…. there is nothing a teacher can do to reach the child…. when they fall asleep in class…. if the child is wondering when they will eat next….. if a child has grown an attitude of self importance and lacks the respect of elders…. how can you reach them?
Canada is doing better than America for crying out loud…..
*sigh* (crossing my fingers) Here is to a good school year.