Out of Balance: When Thoughts of Quitting Occur

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…

About Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher

Independent consultant and junior college adjunct instructor. Former secondary math teacher who taught math intervention, algebra 1, geometry, accelerated algebra 2, precalculus, honors precalculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Statistics. Prior to teaching, I spent 25 years in high tech in engineering, marketing, sales and business development roles in the satellite communications, GPS, semiconductor, and wireless industries. I am awed by the potential in our nation's youth and I hope to instill in them the passion to improve our world at local, state, national, and global levels.
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4 Responses to Out of Balance: When Thoughts of Quitting Occur

  1. Jack Dieckmann says:

    WOW, that article has a lot of resonance for me. Thanks for posting this.


    • You bet, Jack. It resonated so strongly with me it shook me to my core…thankfully, my core is still pretty solid. But with too much stress, it is weakening rapidly. Rapid intervention is required to buttress the core!

      On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 12:11 AM, Reflections of a Second-career Math


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