I am a teacher.
At this point, that is really all anyone needs to know about me. No one needs to know my name, or what or where I teach. Quite simply, in this day and age there is little difference between school districts and teaching positions. We all come under the same fire. We are all held to the same standard. We are all experiencing the same frustrations. Daily.
So why do I share this blog anonymously? For the simple fact that I want to be able to say what I need to say without fear of retribution. That’s right – retribution. You see, education today has become a sort of “fall into line and do as you are told” world where the opinions of the experts – in this case, the teachers – are unwelcome. There is always someone who knows much better than you what is best for the students. Unfortunately, those people aren’t in my classroom to see what really is best for my students, nor do they see the outcome of their misguided policies.
There are so many things I want to say about education today. If you are not in the profession, you probably wouldn’t understand. Those who walk into a classroom every morning will understand. They will feel the conflict between wanting to do what you know is right and having to do what you know is not.
Most importantly, they will understand what I mean when I say this – I love my job. I love the kids. I just don’t love what education has become.
And that is unfortunate.