Friends and Family:
Please read this powerful post, Why I quit my teaching job mid-year, written today (11/25/12) by someone dedicated to education, yet, unable to cope a decade ago in an earlier teaching position, as it overwhelmed her.
The comments, especially, offer a glimpse into the challenges of public education today, as most are from teachers. As a new entrant to the profession, I believe we are razing it with the unreasonable expectations of No Child Left Behind and its successors coupled with the “No Excuses” banter from some in the (for profit) charter sector. It is obvious to me, as someone who served in business process / systems engineering consulting roles for nearly two decades that the educational system today is badly broken and in need of significant overhaul for too much rests on the backs of too few.
Teachers cannot solely save society from itself; parents, relatives, students, the community, government (local/state/federal to lessening degrees, respectively) and the school with teachers, principals, and staff together must ALL TOGETHER work for society to successfully educate its next generations. It is a haphazard mishmash of effort today, with the overwhelming majority of the load placed on a teacher’s shoulders.
While this may work sufficiently well in the more affluent neighborhoods across America, trust me that a significant number of schools, increasing in number over time, are unable to overcome the plight of poverty and its concomitant challenges on the family unit, and society writ large.
Rant over. For today…