Most teachers I know are passionate and take their responsibilities very seriously. And, and those that are parents share the parenting challenges as the parents of their students.
It’s unfortunate when their dedication, devotion and integrity is challenged through unrealistic expectations.
Sometimes parents, administrators (most of whom used to be teachers) expect teachers to do what none of US as parents can do…monitor everything their child does 100% of the time.
A student writes an inappropriate note and passes it to another student. The teacher discovers the note, corrects the student, but has to report it to administrators because of the level of inappropriateness.
How many times has the response been, “You need to do a better job of monitoring your students? How many parents can monitor their ONE, TWO or maybe THREE children all of the time?
The same scenario arises when students jump onto unauthorized websites while using technology in class.
How many parents can make sure that their children are always being responsible with technology?
As stated above, the fact is that many, if not most educators, administrators, and district officials are parents too. They have the same parenting challenges as any parent.
In a field where the professionals are under-compensated for their education, workload, level of accountability and legal liability…the culture can’t continue to be poisoned by a never ending list of tasks, unrealistic expectations, and deflected blame.
Americans must stop equating teachers expressing their concerns to whining and take their concerns seriously.
One Tennessee legislator in early 2021 was quoted as saying, “People are listening to the teacher’s union instead of the parents.” This infers that teacher concerns don’t matter.
My wife has been an educator for 20 years and has noticed the negative shift in culture since she started.
After working in manufacturing, owning a retail store, originating home loans, radio marketing consulting, a decade as a corporate marketing manager and copywriter, as well as prison and homeless ministry…my mid-life career shift to teaching has been the most challenging but fulfilling work I’ve done. I love it!
My wife and I happen to teach at the same school at a school and district with a very healthy teacher culture…that needs to spread across the country.
We’ve got to do better or fewer younger people will go into this necessary profession.