Friday, September 10, 2010
"Let me see if I've got this right. You want me to go into that
room with all those kids, and fill their every waking moment with a
love for learning.
Not only that, I'm to instill a sense of pride in
their ethnicity, behaviorally modify disruptive behavior, and observe
them for signs of abuse. I am to fight the war on drugs and
sexually transmitted diseases, check their backpacks for guns
and raise their self-esteem.
I'm to teach them patriotism, good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair
play, how and where to register to vote, how to balance a checkbook and how
for a job, but I am never to ask if they are in this country illegally.
I am to check their heads occasionally for lice, maintain a safe
environment, recognize signs of potential antisocial behavior,
offer advice, write letters of recommendation for student
employment and scholarships, encourage a respect for the cultural diversity of
others, and, oh yeah, teach, always making sure that I give the girls in my
class fifty percent of my attention.
I'm required by my contract to be working on my own time (summers
and evenings) and at my own expense towards additional
certification, advanced certification and a master's degree, to sponsor the
cheerleaders or the sophomore class (my choice) and after school. I am to
attend committee and faculty meetings and participate in
staff development training to maintain my current certification and
I am to be a paragon of virtue larger than life, such
that my very presence will awe my students into being obedient
and respectful of authority. I am often given "advise" on how to
do my job by every person ever to have gone to school before
and I am to do it with just a piece of chalk, a few books
and a bulletin board, and on a starting salary that qualifies my
family for food stamps in many states.
Is that all?"