Tuesday, April 30, 2013
"My Resume is Ready": Losing Good Teachers!
Not my words.
I live and breathe teaching. I really can't imagine doing anything else, well, except writing.
These words were spoken by a teacher friend of mine.
He sounded so down when he said it.:(
He is overwhelmed, as are we all.
And then all the crap from above.
He put in four years so far, and doesn't know how many more he will do.
He said his first year was great.
Second year, not too bad.
But now...this is not what he thought teaching would be.
I don't think any of us did.
And because of this, we are losing a lot of teachers, a lot of good teachers.
Teachers who are willing to go all out for the kids, but aren't willing to deal with all the "new things" being flung at us from every direction.
We are suffocating under the weight of standardized testing, data collection, PLC's that are soon to be evaluated, (Who evaluates a PLC?), teacher evaluations tied to test scores, it's madness!
Some of us can bend and not break, and some of us can't. Some of us leave.
And it's sad.
Good teachers are leaving, young and old.
His resume is ready. I hope he doesn't have to use it.