Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Harsh Truth About What Is Happening to Teachers, Students and Schools

Teachers all over the country are shell shocked at the speed with which their jobs are being ruined, eliminated or destroyed. Whether it is scripted curriculum, demeaning observations, test based teacher evaluations, or the threat of their schools being closed and replaced with charters, our best veteran teachers are being asked to commit professional malpractice as the price of losing their jobs. Some can't take it and quit. Others put themselves under a doctors care and need medication to get through the day. Others just suffer sleepless nights because they know what they are being asked to do in their classrooms is wrong
Unfortunately, none of this is unintentional. The powers that be in this country have decided that veteran teachers, especially unionized veteran teachers, are too expensive for our schools to afford. Their plan is to plan to replace them, in most of the country's schools, with teacher temps, and fresh out of school teachers, or TFA Corps members who work 12 hour days until they burn out and leave.
And if students suffer, what of it. Since over 70 percent of the new jobs in the country are going to be at or near minimum wage, without security or benefits, we don't need caring inspired instruction in our public schools. All we need is caretakers and disciplinarians who teach students to sit at computers, absorb and regurgitate information, and obey orders. Why? Because that is what they are going to be asked to do in the workplace.
In short, what is happening to teachers is no accident. It fits with our elite's vision of where the society is going, and the niche where most of our young people, especially those growing up in poor and working class families, are destined to inhabit in the workforce of the future.
We need teachers to have grim present to prepare students for a grim future.
Is this scenario too cynical?
You tell me.


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