It’s been a long time since I was a teacher–long enough that there was no such thing as a blog back then. But I have not stopped having that late-August recurring dream about the first day of school, nor have I forgotten what mid-October feels like.
Since I stopped teaching K-12 before blogs, I’m not a big reader of The Educator’s Room, “the first online magazine made for educators.” But I happened to notice a post there today, called “The Exhaustion of the American Teacher.” I’m no fan of the article, which, for example, says this of teachers:
They’ve accumulated invisible scars from years of trying to educate the increasingly hobbled American child effectively enough that his international test scores will rival those of children flourishing in wealthy, socially-advanced Scandinavian nations…
… among other reasons, because, well, I pretty much thought ours was a wealthy, socially advanced nation.
But wow, the comments are interesting. There are 288 currently. Some are funny:
I wouldn’t teach in middle school or high school again for under $1.5 million/year. Okay. Maybe I’d do it for $1.2 million–but no lunch duty.
But most are heartfelt statements of exhaustion and frustration. For folks who believe what I do about school change, the comments are worthy reading.