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I’m trying hard not to be depressed over this, but its hard.  Here’s the skinny.  A woman I mentored and wrote letters of recommendation for has decided to resign her teaching position.  I really don’t blame her.  She’s an excellent teacher, certainly more adept and energetic in the classroom than I could ever be.  So it disturbs me that she quit. 
I think I know why she resigned.  This job, and you’ll note that I called it a job, because teaching as a career has become a thing as extinct as a dinosaur, grinds you down.  Your authority in the classroom is nonexistent, and what shreds are left are quickly erroded by overbearing parents, adminstrators, and “specialists” whose purpose is to coach, not coach, lay blame, or gossip to higher ups.  Not that they actually do any of that.  The RTI (response to instruction: an identification system for struggling students) process resembles not so much a collaborative effort to identify student learning issues but a Spanish Inquisition, where you spend your defending your instructional interventions for your students.  There are many stressors and everybody (it seems) questions your professional judgement every single day. This and the volume of paperwork and redundant testing buries the teacher under without even factoring the regular workload of paper grading. Is it any wonder, that teachers, in general, are depressed individuals.  I heard that teachers, as a group seek help for a variety of mental health issues, most commonly depression.
What does it say about the profession when the best and brightest leave?
I don’t know how to feel right now.
I know she made a tough decision but in the end you have to do what’s best for you. I wish her Continue reading

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