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In this day and age, it seems it is common place to hit the proverbial wall in the education career. With the stressors mounting outside the classroom, the stressors inside the classroom are almost never the reason a teacher reaches full teacher burnout. This year, I decided I needed to officially take a break from the education field. I need to take a break to gather my thoughts, remind myself why I am in this profession, and hopefully some of the national cries for help are addressed while I am away.
It is so disheartening when I hear, “Teachers are just glorified babysitters.” There was once a time teachers held high authority. Getting an education was a privilege, not a right. Students were in classrooms for a purpose, and by all accounts, teachers had their place and were treated accordingly. As time has progressed, education, or lack thereof, has evolved. In America, we are a right to an education country. This means every child has the right to come into a school building, no matter socio-economic or social status. Teachers are required to give each and every one of those children the best education allowable, no matter how that child acts, or if they care to be there. And if I may add, the majority of us do a damn good job with very little resources.
Teachers are disrespected inside and out of the classroom and are expected to take it because we are “bigger than that.” Teachers are treated poorly by students without discipline and parents who think paying taxes allows them to treat us like dirt. Meanwhile, most teachers I know have Master’s degrees in their field and are more than highly qualified to do a variety of careers. Yet, they choose every day to wake up, go to a career where they are undervalued, spend money they don’t have on supplies for children in need, all because their heart is just a little too big, and they want to make a difference. At some point this becomes too much. Teachers are being forced to leave the classroom because the struggle is too hard. A little bit of respect goes a very long way.
Lack of Support on the National Level
As I write this, it boils my blood the state of our education department at the national level. It is a joke. Our current secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, is grossly unqualified to speak on public education, let alone make decisions for our nation in regards to education. DeVos not only has never worked in any capacity in public education, but she has never attended public schools, had her children in public school, or been in public education AT ALL. How is this even possible?
“I have not intentionally visited schools that are under performing.”
Okay. Okay. Maybe you are reading this and are a DeVos supporter and do not agree. I can understand we have differences of opinion, that is what makes us individuals. What is fact, though, is our nation spends 4x as much on prisoners each year than they do on students in schools. Some of our schools are in dismal states with bare bone resources, yet teachers are evaluated on the level of education provided to students. Luckily, you have very highly qualified, passionate individuals in most classrooms rising to the occasion and providing stellar instruction with very little resources and/or pay. Until national funding meets the needs inside the classroom, teacher burnout rates will rise. We cannot keep being asked to do more with so much less than needed when it comes to training, support and resources at the national level. If we want to be a competing nation in education, we have to treat our teachers like the rock stars they are every single day.