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I am a teacher in the Georgia Public School System. I teach in the most challenging environment in America. We have little resources, little support, and little parent participation. I wanted to design a place where all of my colleagues could come and express their frustrations. We all love being teachers but we are also mothers, fathers, coaches, counselors, and most of all positive contributors to the community. We are sick of parents who don’t help, sick of taking pay cuts, and tired of taking all of the blame for what is worng with education! This is just a place where we can let the world know anonymously that we are fed up too! This is a forum to let it ALL OUT! You can RAVE and RANT here with no repurcussions. Feel free to keep your anonymity here.Have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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An Upset Educator’s Letter to Oprah — ‘Ask teachers.’ | NEA Today

An Upset Educator’s Letter to Oprah — ‘Ask teachers.’ | NEA Today.

This Letter from the Director of the Oklahoma Writing Project goes straight to the heart of the matter. Here’s an excerpt.

I wish someone who knew even a little bit about real classrooms, the heart-breaking challenges teachers face daily (teachers spend an average of $400 annually, out of their own meager salaries, to equip their rooms), had a national forum. I wish one of your guests was a real teacher. John Legend? Really? Come on, Oprah, I don’t try to tell John Legend how to make music; he’s going to tell me about teaching? Or perhaps you’re stereotyping? Instead of John Legend, why don’t you have Pedro Noguera, who wrote a stunning book discussing the problems black males face in the system (The Trouble with Black Boys)? Or Mike Rose, who’s worked for decades with working class, side-lined students and schools of America? Or Diane Ravitch, who recanted her support of NCLB because it not only doesn’t work, it harms students?? And Race to the Top is simply an Obama-ised NCLB, I’m sorry to say.

Why don’t you, with your great forum for change, invite real classroom teachers to talk about what it’s like to teach homeless students with no resources (students or teachers)? Why don’t you ask my son, who recently graduated with a Master’s of Arts in teaching, what it’s like to teach students living in foster homes for drug abuse, rape — both victims and perpetrators — violence, assault? Why don’t you ask him how he struggles to be a “good” teacher? And wonders — daily — what that even means in the context where he finds himself?

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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in Uncategorized