No Respect

It has been way too long since I last posted.  (My apologies to the Xanga gods and goddesses, and to all my angelic readers.)

Today I want to talk about how public school teachers get no respect.  And what better evidence than the daily newspaper?

Let’s see.  Detroit announces 5,714 teacher lay-offs.  Another 354 will be laid off in Milwaukee on Friday.  Meanwhile, here in Texas, some are estimating that 100,000 public school teachers could lose their jobs by the fall.

This is a catastrophe.  How on earth can the world’s richest country not afford to educate its children?

It’s because we don’t care.

Sure, we give lip service to education.  But, at the end of the day, it’s just means to an end.  Deep down, everyone knows it. 

As one article put it:

“We also don’t believe in the value of education, culturally — we just like to say we do because as citizens of an industrialized nation, we’re supposed to.  But we can tell our children that school is important until we’re blue in the face, they’re not stupid.  They see the loudest applause is for the kids on the field.  They know teachers are paid poorly and don’t drive fancy cars.  They know people plan Super Bowl parties but mock the National Spelling Bee.”

Yeah, it’s a shame.

9 thoughts on “No Respect

  1. When I was a little girl I always wanted to be a school teacher.  I loved school and how people respected the teacher and how their authority was final.  And I just liked being in school.  This lasted from kindergarten till about my second year in college.  After going through part of the education program to become a teacher, I ran off screaming at how little respect the teachers got and how terrible the children were and how many times I had to yell at students when I would go teach at a school….  Or tell them I’d be seeing them for detention.  After all that, I finished school and got a job…  And I am SO thankful I am NOT school teacher.  I feel so bad for them for the lack of respect and how DISD is laying off so many and the pitiful pay they give people who are educating the future.  A friend of mine and I were discussing this and he said that our society might become like it was before, only the rich are educated…  How sad and terrible is that?  Remember having to learn how to write in cursive?  Well they are now taking it out of the education.

  2. That’s disappointing. I was just thinking today how it would be great to teach because I remember EVERY teacher of mine that influenced my mind in a positive way. Anyway, I’m sad that Americas education system sucks especially when I meet people from abroad who know way more than I do about my own country or simply, worldly knowledge I should know too but I never learned. Lol. Things they learned ages ago at that! Anyway, let it be Americas downfall. She how much we prevail by being an idiot country because they won’t spend money on our educations.

  3. I was thinking recently that the teaching profession should be as respected as doctors.  I think it would be benificial to re-do the education system with high paid teachers who can do more.  I think it would be an incentive for more people to become teachers, but would also weed out those people not dedicated.  This of course is a crazy idea, and will never happen.  Many of my friends are teachers.  none of them get paid much, and they have no job security because they are new to the field.  – Leah K.    And put more arts in schools!!

  4. It’s a hard enough job on it’s own without all the extra crap they have to put up with.And the less care thats taken for the teachers just means they are worse at their jobs and thus the children suffer too :(Education really needs to be majorly overhauled, it’s the same in the UK.

  5. It’s very scary to think that the government is pouring tons of money into healthcare (ie. Medicare & Medicaid) and other government assistance programs and not as much into our educational systems. To me, the future holds a lot of people who become dependent on the government programs because they don’t have a good enough education to get a decent paying job. It already seems like that scenario is happening in some areas, like mine. Crime goes up when there is limited or poor education available too. It is also going to result in the evaporation of the middle class. The already wealthy families will be able to afford good education for their children including college while the poorer families will not have good options available. It really is an economic nightmare.

  6. @korean_angel214 – Thanks for sharing.  See, this is what I’m talking about.  We have people like you who are inspired to be teachers, but get scared off by the lack of resources and lack of respect.  Sad and terrible pretty much sum it up.@ShirleyD – Yeah, it seems like a lot of other countries put their money where their mouth is.  Why can’t we?@leahKtutu – I can agree with that.  So does this mean I have to start calling you Dr. Leah?   ;  )   It’s a shame we live in a society where paying teachers a competitive salary is considered a crazy idea. @BFB1131 – Thanks for weighing in, it’s nice to get a foreigner’s perspective on this issue.   Maybe the problem is more endemic than I thought.@Joobie82 – Whoa, you are scaring me.  I feel like I’m watching Nightmare On Elementary Street.Thanks for your feedback everyone!

  7. Sad but true. If you want to know what’s really important to someone just take a look at their bank statement. We pay for what we care about and bank statements don’t lie. The same goes for a nation.

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