Being a teacher is a job of never-ending responsibilities.
I read Joe Aliotta’s letter to the editor apologizing to teachers, stating that he “understands what teachers go through, but there are kids that have trouble grasping information, or have learning disabilities, etc. and teachers need to be held accountable.”
Teachers are trained to identify these problems, do so quickly, and that is the easy part of being a teacher.
I think few of us “understand” the problems facing teachers today. They have children who come to class that went to bed at three in the morning because they had no supervision. They are dealing with angry children and parents that are burned out and can’t be bothered with homework, etc.
Teachers are exhausted from the “being held accountable paperwork” that is required to “prove” they are teaching each subject to each and every student in the amount of time allotted, all the while documenting disruptive students.
But if a child fails a subject, they want to hold the teacher accountable. Where is the accountability with parents?
In my day, if a teacher sent a note home for misbehavior, I didn’t even get a chance to explain the situation. Parents had respect for teachers!
On the flip side of bad parents, good parents can’t handle any negative remarks about their children. Think about how many people you know who think their children are perfect, and just imagine being a teacher.
Teachers’ salaries have been cut and cut again, their insurance is skyrocketing and they are leaving the profession in droves. We need to rally behind our teachers, stop blaming them and start helping them if we want to continue to have great teachers. They need and deserve our support!