This is well-worth the read, and so incredibly true for teachers nationwide. This teacher says exactly what we've all been crying- we can't do our jobs, we can't prepare students effectively, we can't reach the "standards" arbitrarily chosen by bureaucratic suits, much less create that authentic learning we all want for our students when the resources we need are dwindling daily, and with our meager salaries, we can't afford to buy those resources ourselves... Then you want to stake our contracts and our livelihood on how well our students do on this one test, this one measurement? Really? You want all of 30 of those diverse learners to fit that one mold? If only the general public knew what we face. I've seen students fight, threaten, scream. I've dodged punches myself. I've seen 13 year olds become parents themselves. I've seen students who have no where to live, students with parents in and out of jail, students who are 12 or 13 and raising themselves, and students whose reading levels span five grade levels. And you want them all to fit in that one mold... I want to echo what this Florida teacher says- I don't mind being held accountable, but this is not the way. Come in my classroom, get to know my students, and see the reality for yourself.
Florida Teacher’s Essay Becomes Rallying Cry for Respect